This summer we bought our daughter a cute bike from our neighbor’s garage sale. My husband is planning to take the pedals off and make it a balance bike. My job was to mend the handle bar cover, which was torn.

Using my trusty seam ripper, I picked out the hem and removed the velcro. With a cloth on top and low heat, I pressed it flat and used this as my pattern.

handle bar cover

The cotton I chose was too lightweight on its own, so I backed it with some denim. Here’s how I did it:

  1. Traced around the pattern on both fabrics adding 1/4 inch seam allowance.
  2. With right sides together, I stitched around leaving a gap for turning.
  3. Clipped my corners, turned right side out, and top stitched around, closing up the gap along the way.
  4. Reattached the velcro.

I think it looks better than the original, especially since my daughter doesn’t even know about Strawberry Shortcake.

handle bar cover

mend: Simple sewing projects can make me so happy. I love being able to say, “I can fix that!” Cotton fat quarter from my stash, denim from thrifted jeans.

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6 Responses to a little bicycle mending

  1. Lauren says:

    It looks awesome! I’m confused by the balance bike concept, though. What’s the point of a bike with no pedals?

  2. jkundhi says:

    It helps them learn balance and coordination without having to worry about pedaling. Also, no training wheels! They just scoot and glide!

  3. Stephanie says:

    Of course you can fix it!!! And it totally matches!! Nice…

    xo Steph

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  5. Anne Weaver says:

    This is such a great idea!! I posted a link to your project on Craft Gossip Sewing:


  6. jet says:

    like it, well done, i have pimped my big new brand yellow wheelchair with mexican oilcloth and i was and still proud so i understand why you were so happy to say i can fix it.!!! I have the same feeling about my own chair.