In fact, bike riding aside, in the summer it seems I always have that problem. I don't like carrying a big purse, especially in the summer. They are too big. Too bulky. Too hot. So, in the summer I always pair down and just carry the basics - wallet, keys, cell phone. And, when I'm feeling fancy, lip gloss. hahaha
So, today I happily solved my problem.
I did these little bags start to finish in about 30 minutes. Probably less.
Here's what I did...
You will need a small canvas zipper bag, paint, painters tape and a paint brush. And, for additional optional steps you'll need stamps and a sewing machine.
** Please Note: I didn't use fabric paint. I just used regular craft paint, however, if you plan to wash these, fabric paint would be a better choice.
I picked up my bag at Hobby Lobby for about $3. You can get them for even cheaper if you print out a 40% off coupon. Bargain!!! They come in two different sizes, I went for the smaller size.
Step 1: Take strips of painters tape and tape them evenly on the front of the bag.
Step 2: Wrap the excess tape around the sides and onto the back.
Step 3: Then, take more tape and connect the end pieces so you have completed lines on the back, like shown above.
Step 4: Next, take a DRY paint brush - it needs to be dry, don't get it wet first - and paint in between the taped lines. Be careful not to push the paint under the tape.
Step 5: When the paint dries, or is mostly dry, carefully remove the tape.
You can pretty much do any design you want. I liked the simplicity of the stripes but I also did a checker board pattern as well. My daughter wants to do a chevron design on hers, so really, anything goes.
FYI: You can also use stamps on these too - I just painted a stamp with green paint to get the image on the bag above.
Technically you could stop there and be done. You'd have a small little bag to hold just the basics. However, if you plan to use it on a bike you'll want to keep reading.
To turn it into something I could hook onto my bike I simply added a canvas strip and a strong holding magnet clasp. Here's how...
Step 6: Take fabric, ribbon, or anything you think will work, and make a strip. I doubled over a piece of canvas-like ribbon for mine. Then, I centered it on the bag and sewed it in place just above the zipper.
Step 7: Next, turn the bag over and attach your magnets in place. The best way to do this is to follow the directions on the package. I put my top one so that the back part, the part with the prongs, is sandwiched between the two layers of canvas ribbon. Then I sewed the end of the ribbon closed. For the bottom magnet, I folded the prongs into the inside of the bag.
From the picture above you can see that when the magnet is closed up, the strip of fabric/ribbon makes a little loop like shown above. This loop and magnet is what will hold your bag to your bike
Step 8: Now the only thing to do is attach it to your bike, fill it with your treasures, and head off for a ride.
FYI: The little green bike on the strap is actually a little stamp I painted and used - so cute. I'm kind of in love with that little stamp.