Sunday, 23 October 2016

Bike seat cushion pad

Once my daughter got her bike, she wanted to cycle everywhere. My 4 year old was really upset that he couldn't ride his own bike out of the yard (he's got stabilisers on and barely manages to steer). So I finally got myself a bike and then set about getting him a bike seat that would last a very long time. Any cyclists out there, don't judge my choice....! I know this is a junior seat designed for 5-10 year olds and my son was only just 4 years when I purchased this. However it was a brilliant choice and has made our life so much easier and a heck of a lot more fun too. This seat is the Qibbel junior which comes with a little waist strap and separate foot rests that attach to your bike frame.
The one problem is that you cant exactly sink into it or get particularly comfortable. It has no arm rests and no soft cushion to go with it. My son told me he preferred it when I originally tied a cushion to the bike rack as it was more comfy for his bottom! So of course, I set about to remedy this and came up with my design for the Qibbel junior bike seat cushion! (which has incorporated into the design , very careful fasteners that cover up areas on the seat where I felt the plastic moulding was too sharp.)

I am rather pleased a the minimal design and clean lines. I don't like fussy fabrics and I do like quality. I bought a really nice thick grey wool for the upper. Wool is a naturally breathable fiber, provides cushioning and keeps you warm. I filled the seat pad with cotton wadding and backed it with black suede to give provide a good grip onto the plastic of the bike seat.
Here is my template that  traced off the seat, the first few layers and the internal wadding.

Here is the seat pad all sewn up, just waiting for the last layer to go on. My machine had a bit of a hard time sewing through all these layers. I had to add them one by one and even then I broke about 3 or 4 needles in the process.

Once all the layers had been sewn together and the back put on, I made some binding to cover the outer edges. It's starting to take shape now and I love how the binding gives it a much more finished look.

There are two separate sets of flaps on the back. They had press studs added so that they can be fastened and removed easily, when needed. Once these were sewn in place, the rest of the edges could be bound and the seat pad was finished.
It really does make my sons bike seat look rather luxury and adds a little cushioning where he needs it, so the ride is a lot more enjoyable. I love cycling with my kids, it makes me feel so much more free and able to explore further and wider in the city. And its nice to have a few little luxuries to take along with you also.

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