No-Sew Bicycle Skirt Guard Tutorial!
|left side (non-chain side)|
|right side (chain side)|
Loop one strip of fabric around the metal ring and tie the fabric to itself a few inches up from the ring.
|top view of chain side, looping fabric under metal ring|
Stretch the strip taught and bring it over the front side of the fender and down to the other side of the wheel. Loop under the metal ring and pull the strip up again and over the fender back to the first side.
Continue looping the fabric over the fender from metal ring to metal ring. Stretch the fabric so it is taught, but make sure it is not so tight that you are bending the fender and making it rub against the tire.
When you run out of one strip of fabric, tie another strip fabric to it to make a long, continuous string of fabric. Make sure your knots are secure!
|to finish, tie the fabric to itself|
Keep looping from one side to the other about 2″ apart until your strip is about parallel with one of the metal stays in the rear – usually either for the fender or the bike rack. On your final loop, tie the fabric to itself a few inches up from the metal ring.
|completed weaving warp|
You’ve just completed making the warp of your woven skirt guard! Your wheel should now look like something like this. It’s time to start weaving! You may want to cut some more strips of fabric.
Tie a strip of fabric to one of the outermost lines of the warp fabric. Slide it down close to the metal ring. Leave a bit of a “tail” on the short end.
Begin weaving in and out of the warp fabric. Weave the loose “tail” in, as well, and make sure to tuck it behind the woven lines.
Continue weaving, tying on new strips of fabric as necessary, and tucking loose tail to the back. Don’t weave too tightly! You’ll want to be able to stretch this out later.
Weave all the way to the about the rim of the wheel. You can go up a little higher, too, if you like!
Now we’re going to stretch the woven bike guard out and attach it to the frame of the bike. Loop a strip of fabric through the outermost warp strip and around the bike frame. Tie a secure knot.
Start looping the strip through the woven skirt guard and around the bike frame. Pull tightly and evenly and finish with a secure knot.
Do the same on the back side of the skirt guard, attaching it to either your bike rack, if you have one, or to the fender stay.
Here’s what it should look like when you’re done! Now do it again on the other side!
Bada bing! Here it is on the chain side!
And here’s what it looks like when you step back. Pretty sweet!
And that skirt? Yup, I made it. And I used some of the left over fabric in the skirt guard, so it matches perfectly when I ride.
If you make one, I’d love to have you share a link to it in the comments!
See you next time!