We love our Bread Basket on the Yuba Mundo. It took some coordination of efforts and the kindness of strangers, but we managed to find this basket at Calhoun Cycle in Minnesota, and reader, Nicole Nafziger, picked it up to make a custom basket liner before shipping the whole kit-and-kaboodle down to West Virginia. This scenario played out as part of an effort to bring you the DIY Tutorial. I am very excited to share with you Nicole’s extensive work in lining up photos and instruction with a fun narrative. Now, ride out to your fabric store, or upcycle something from home, to crank out your own liner! It is certain to expand the function of your Bread Basket.
How to make a Yuba Bread Basket Infinitely More Functional? Add a Basket Liner, Of Course!
And if you’re going to bother to do it, you might as well make it fun! ~~designed, written, & documented by Nicole Nafziger
When we first got our Yuba Mundo in June 2012, we elected not to purchase the Bread Basket, thinking we’d have plenty of capacity with just the Go-Getter bag. It quickly became apparent that having a basket, when two kids were taking up space on the deck, would be invaluable.
For all its brilliance in design—the frame mounting especially, but also the sizing and capacity, the Bread Basket has a mostly open bottom. That’s great if you have a package or a box that’s larger than the gaps between the bars, but what if you just want to throw your helmet, your purse, your keys, kids’ coats and mittens, etc. etc. in there? Clearly, it needed something, and that something would require dusting off the sewing machine, because I couldn’t think of anything, aside from a perfectly-sized cardboard box, that would do the trick. And, if I was going to dust off the sewing machine, I was sure going to make it fun! I mean, biking with kids on board is already a high profile activity, and really, don’t you want to be as visible as possible with your kids on board? So, I was dreaming of bright colors and fun fabrics…
When I started thinking about fabric—I thought I’d probably use a home-decorator-weight fabric and use something like a piece of flat plastic or some foam core to make a sturdy bottom. I imagined I would French Seam everything to make it neat and tidy with matching ties or webbing to attach it to the basket. It would be great! And with that in mind, off to my favorite little local fabric store in St. Paul I went!
Treadle Yard Goods carries all sorts of wondrous fabrics that you just don’t see in the big box places, and even though you pay a premium for all that variety, you usually end up with something fabulous in the end. Once again, it did not disappoint. This store carries a rather large selection of oil cloth fabrics:
Easily washable or able to be wiped clean: not a bad idea when transporting foods, beverages, and all things child-related.
A relatively stiff structure: we might be on to something here…. No need for a foam or plastic base!
Oh, and don’t forget the very colorful and coordinating fabric selection! Yowza!
It all started to come together when I saw a reusable grocery sack made of oilcloth hanging on the wall. Bingo! This was going to work!
I decided to double-layer everything to help retain structure, and provide the opportunity to use more than one fabric print. I chose a green apple and green and white stripe fabric for my Boda Boda (one Yuba just wasn’t enough!), and a Dr. Suess-themed “laminated cotton” for the Mundo. The laminated cotton would require three layers for rigidity, so I planned to put an oil cloth layer in the middle.
The example grocery bag used binding tape all around the cut edges, which really had a nice look to it, and the coordinating ties attaching it to the basket could use the same tape (it matches and it was one less thing to buy—double win!).
Armed with my yard goods, I went home and started putting it all together. My first attempt with the green version went splendidly. The only flaws we noticed, after attaching it to the basket and using it for a little while, were:
1) When empty, it sounded like a bass drum accompanying you down the road
2) A pocket for keys and a phone would be awfully nice
3) I didn’t attach the ties perfectly to the binding in places, and where I did it directly to the oilcloth, it was starting to tear a little bit
However, as we expected, it made the usefulness of the Bread Basket go up exponentially! This basket can hold a serious amount of stuff! And if you don’t have to worry about placing things “just right” so nothing falls out the bottom, you’ve got yourself a good container. (And have I mentioned how amazing the frame-mounting feature is? Seriously. How is that not the standard way to mount a basket on a bike?!?).
So, I endeavored to “fix” the flaws on my own liner and felt confident enough to cut into the Suessified version. Sadly, this did not go as planned. I thought a triple layer would be stiff enough. It wasn’t. I thought it wouldn’t matter which sides were just a continuation of the bottom verses added as panels. It does. I didn’t think it would matter which side the pockets were on. It does. Poor hubby’s liner just isn’t quite what we hoped it would be. He’s on the short list for a new, proper, one. It’s all form and no function. Alas. (Okay, it functions, but it’s not nearly as good).
Lessons learned. We zip-tied it in place as much as we could for now. Then the opportunity have another go at it for Stacy, and put this tutorial together, fell into place. So, here is the step-by-step guide to making your very own Bread Basket liner!
- 2 –19” pieces of 45” wide oil cloth fabric of your choice (do NOT substitute laminated cotton. You need the stiff stuff)
- 2 packages of either regular or extra-wide coordinating double-folded bias tape*
- Size 14 needles
- 1 spool of good, sturdy thread. (Do not buy the cheap stuff! I use Mettler 100% poly, per my fabric store’s recommendation)
- A couple sheets of tissue paper (Left over gift bag stuffing is fine)
- A rotary cutter and a mat are highly useful, but not required
*I’ve used both and prefer the wider bias tape. The narrower works fine, and you get a few extra yards to work with, which is helpful depending on how many add-on’s you’re planning.
Nicole did an amazing job of detailing the steps to make this liner. I didn’t want to short cut any of her hard work, or leave out anything for the beginning seamster. I was happy to see there were no pins involved, minimal measuring and cutting, and so many bright (nearly blinding) photos to go along with each and every step. We kindly ask you to use this for your own purposes, but not for resale. Give credit where it is due, you would ask for the same.
To see the many uses I have gotten out of this amazing liner and basket combo, check out this post! There have been many more since, including some of these…
Keep up with Nicole on twitter @NicoleFNafziger where she posts her own prideful hauls, including children, tomatoes, and lawn mowers, on their Yuba Mundo and Yuba Boda Boda, complete with stylish and exceptionally function Bread Baskets, fully lined, of course.