Bicycle Frame Lunch Bag

Bicycle lunch bag

You’re headed somewhere on your bike and you want to bring your lunch along. Maybe you’re commuting or just headed to the park. Backpacks get warm, so you’d rather not wear one, and you don’t have a rack on your bike to pack your lunch on. Here’s a solution: a bike frame lunch bag you can make that will perfectly hold a box of leftovers or a sandwich. This one is designed for a standard “entree” sized plastic container, which is reasonably waterproof and acts as a structural integrity field for your sandwich.

Bicycle lunch bag
The bag is made from three pieces of fabric: an 8″ x 8″ square, an 8″ x 13″ rectangle, and a 3″ x 22″ strip. Canvas (shown here) is a nice material to use, but any sturdy fabric like oilcloth or vinyl would work as well. Seam allowances are 1/2″ throughout, so the finished dimensions are about 7″ x 7″ x 2″. You can adapt the pattern to fit your preferred leftover box or sandwich bread. Also needed is velcro, but more on that later.Bicycle lunch bag

The first step is to sew the strip around the outside of the front of the bag. Put your sewing machine needle down and pivot at the corners to turn the strip and the square in the next direction.
Bicycle lunch bag
Fold over 1/4″ and 1/4″ again across the top of the front and the top of the sides of the bag to form a rolled hem and sew it down. This canvas held a finger crease well, which made the rolled hem fairly easy.Bicycle lunch bag

Sew the back on, rotating at the corners again.
Bicycle lunch bag
Next, hem your flap. If you fold in the tips of the corners before rolling the sides, you can form a neat point.

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It’s velcro time! Velcro cable ties can be found at hardware and electronic stores and are the perfect thing for mounting the bag to the bike. They have an ultra-thin profile and are extremely easy to sew to. The loop side is soft like felt and the hook side feels remarkably smooth, but when stuck back onto itself, it holds extremely well. They’re thin enough not to interfere with the cabling on your bicycle.
Bicycle lunch bag

Sew two straps to the top of the flap to use for connecting to the top tube of your bike.
Bicycle lunch bag

Sew one more strap to the bottom of one of the sides to connect to the seat tube. You can see the rectangles of stitches where the top ones are sewn on here. Also sew some additional velcro (conventional velcro will work fine) onto the front and flap to keep the flap closed. You won’t figure this out until you get going fast, but you’ll want that extra little bit on the side of the flap that points to the front of the bicycle to keep it from flapping as you zoom along.
Bicycle Lunch Bag
Slide your lunch in, strap the bag on and you’re ready to go!Bicycle lunch bag

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21 thoughts on “Bicycle Frame Lunch Bag

  1. Now, if the made one for the meals ready to eat with the heater pack in it thaat would be great! Hot meals to go…I guess it could be easily modified.
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  2. I took the idea of heating the bag *see above post* and modified it using a slightly larger design and stitching pockets to the inside for those little gel ice packs. Admitadly it can only last so long, or get so hot, but at least it keeps it hotter longer. Still working on a design for heating it up.

  3. Found this via aroundthesunblog.com.
    Awesome!
    Would hold all sorts of stuff you might want to bring along on a bike ride but not want to stuff in a backpack.
    Thanks for the easy, brilliant pattern!

    jeneraldisarray in PDX

    • You could have the bag sit on top of the bar – just put the velcro on the bottom of the bag instead of on the flap. I think you’d have to have a rigid box in it or line it with a rigid material, but it could work!

    • You mean the one with the Evil Mad Scientist, Laughing Squid and Flaming Lotus Girls stickers? (You can’t see the Don’t Fear Art, OBRE and got robots? stickers from this side.) Um, yeah, it’s mine. I guess I need to label it better so you can tell more easily.

  4. If you add a piece of cardboard on the bottom of the inside it makes the bag a little more structurally sound. Otherwise this project was pretty easy and a really good idea. Thanks!

  5. Wow! This weekend my husband and I were brainstorming how to add a bag of some sort to my mother-in-law’s wheelchair. Here it is! Thank you!

  6. What a great idea for bikers. My boss does triathalons. What a great gift for him. Thanks, I whipped it up in no time. I added a pocket to the inside and put a sandwich rubermaide holder inside.

  7. you could use a thermal insulated lining like that of a oven mitt….that would keep meals warmer

  8. We posted a link to this awesome tutorial at WeAllSew.com, and now we’d also like to share your project photo along with the link for our readers. If you’d rather that we didn’t also use your photo, please let me know – thanks! -Erika erikalynn [at] onemain [dot] com

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