bicycle basket

i don’t often do “commissioned projects,” but my uncle asked me to make a divided basket for a co-worker’s baby shower and i went for it!  so this is the project that snuck up on me during KCW.

bicycle divided basket

i said yes to his request because first of all, i was flattered, but also because he wanted a Noodlehead divided basket (something i love to sew), and gave me lots of creative freedom (“rich earth tones”)…and originally the timeline was generous too (a game of family telephone suddenly made it urgent, hehe).

bicycle divided basket

from cutting out the pieces to finish, this took me 1.5 hours.  timed myself.  it is my FOURTH divided basket though (one, two three) and i barely have to read the instructions anymore.  such a great pattern by Anna.  🙂

bicycle divided basket

the fabric is Echino bicycles in brown (a gift from Cherie from the LA fabric district) with my go-to Denyse Schmidt for JoAnn gold “solid-not-solid” as trim.  the inside is a celery-colored kona or moda bella solid, not sure which.  figured bikes were a safe bet here in Portland, often named the most bike-friendly city in the U.S.

bicycle divided basket

i emailed my uncle a list of my favorite “essential” baby items and a couple favorite board books, which he stuffed in there and gave to his co-worker.

fun, quick little commissioned project, though i STILL haven’t made one for myself yet!  maybe once we start pulling my new little guy’s nursery together (i started an idea board on pinterest, wanna see?).

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13 thoughts on “bicycle basket

  1. KARE says:

    Love this basket! I’ve made some round bins, but haven’t tried something like this before. Will have to check out that Echino bicycle fabric too… 🙂

  2. Stacia says:

    This is lovely! Your uncle was brilliant to think of this as a gift. I can think of many mothers who would have (or still would) love a basket like this. Beautiful work!

  3. Kelly says:

    Very cool! I need to remember these for future baby gifts, it’s a great idea. And I love the idea of a Camp Ivanhoe nursery!!

  4. gail says:

    Super cute!! When i saw this title i thought you’d made one of anna’s bike baskets (like for the front of a bicycle) but then it quickly became clear :). Have you seen the new colors of woodgrain from Joel Dewberry? I think they need a place in that nursery of yours!

  5. Lightning McStitch says:

    Every time I see your divided baskets I think I really must buy the pattern!
    I think we (your blog readers) should all make one each and post them all to you! Something’s bound to match your nursery paint scheme then!!

  6. anna says:

    lovey love. very cute project for your uncle to request. he’s a thoughtful guy! I hope you do make one for yourself, or maybe I’ll make you!!! one. :)) I love your pinterest board, wish pinterest existed when my kids were on their way!

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