How to Sew a Bike Six Pack Saddle Bag

by Laura Flanagan

How to sew a bike 6-pack bottle holder


  • 1/2 yard cotton duck cloth
  • 1/2 yard contrasting duck cloth
  • Interfacing
  • Nylon webbing/sturdy material fir handle
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Cut two 11x19" rectangles for the body of the beer holder.

    Step 2

    Cut two 11x22" rectangles from the contrasting fabric. Each of these will become one side.

    Step 3

    If you want to add interfacing to stabilize the handle, cut two 11x4" rectangles of interfacing and fuse it in the center of the body fabric. The interfacing should be centered at 7.5" from corners.

    Step 4

    Pin right sides together

    Step 5

    Stitch 1/4" around edges leaving a few inches open for turning right side out.

    Step 6

    Clip corners and turn right side out.

    Step 7

    Top stitch around outside, making sure to close opening.

    Step 8

    Measure the center (approx 9") and draw a line across the short way to mark where handle will go. Measure 1" out on either side and draw a line. Then top stitch the two outside lines.

    Step 9

    Make a handle 7" long. I a 12" piece of nylon webbing and folded the end over twice to hide the raw edge. I then added a second layer of webbing and tucked the ends into the folded over parts.

    Step 10

    Position the handle along center line 2" from edge.

    Step 11

    Sew each end of handle securely using a combination of straight line stitches like this.

    Step 12

    Finished handle

    Step 13

    On opposite side from handle, mark space for Velcro strips. The bottom of the lower strip starts 1" up from bottom edge. The top of upper strip starts 6" from bottom. Also leave and 1" on the sides.

    Step 14

    Mark same on other half.

    Step 15

    Starting with the short sides, fold and press 1/2", then fold and press 1/2" again to hide raw edges. Repeat with long edges and pin.

    Step 16

    Step 17

    Step 18

    Step 19

    Step 20

    Top stitch around the edge of the fold starting on one of the short ends. Stitch all the way around the rectangle. Top stitching should be close to the folded edge.

    Step 21

    Turn the rectangle over and top stitch along one long edge close to the edge.

    Step 22

    Starting at a corner with the double top stitch (the top), fold the short edge down to line up with the long edge without double top stitching (the bottom).

    Step 23

    Make sure the right sides are facing each other and the edges are lined up exactly, with a good point at the corner. Press as needed.

    Step 24

    Measure 2 inches from corner and draw a line. (The line drawn should measure 2in)

    Step 25

    Step 26

    Stitch along line.

    Step 27

    Finish depending on fabric and trim.

    Step 28

    Repeat folding, measuring 2", stitching, and trimming (steps) on other side.

    Step 29

    Measure 3.5" from corner stitching and make a mark. Measure approx (2 and 5/8")** from 1st mark and make a 2nd mark. **the three big sections should be 3.5" across, so may need to adjust the distance.

    Step 30

    Measure 3.5" from 2nd mark and make a 3rd mark. Then measure approx (2 and 5/8")** from 3rd mark and make a 4th mark. There should be 3.5" between the 4th mark and other corner. Adjust as needed.

    Step 31

    Make 1st pleat by matching mark one and two together, right sides touching.

    Step 32

    Make sure marks line up and edges are lined up, press as needed. Then measure 2" from the marks to the fold and draw a line.

    Step 33

    Stitch on the line.

    Step 34

    Finish and trim.

    Step 35

    Repeat with marks 3 and 4

    Step 36

    Step 37

    2" line, then stitch and trim.

    Step 38

    The side piece will have two corner pleats and two middle pleats.

    Step 39

    Step 40

    Cut Velcro to fit Velcro spaces.

    Step 41

    Sew Velcro strips on to back side.

    Step 42

    Turn inside out and press a seam from the center pleats up to the top part of the bottle holder.

    Step 43

    Seams should be perpendicular to top edge. Then flip right side out again.

    Step 44

    Pin bottle holder to body with top edge of bottle holder starting 6.5" from bottom corner of body.

    Step 45


    Step 46

    Seams should be tucked towards center of holder

    Step 47

    Step 48

    Sew around edge of bottle holder to fasten to body of holder. Make sure to reinforce at corners.

    Step 49

    Draw a straight line across the top and divide into three 3" sections.

    Step 50

    Measure 4" down pleat of holder and mark.

    Step 51

    Line top of bottle holder to the mark on top he body of holder.

    Step 52

    Sew down perpendicular to top line and bottom of body piece until the mark, then reverse.

    Step 53

    Repeat steps so both sides are sewn on and each side has 3 compartments.

    Step 54

    Step 55

    Holder hangs on cross bar of bike.