Handsewn Bicycle Tool Roll

There are a handful of really useful tools cyclists, mountain bikers, and fixy riders like to have on hand. Spoke wrenches, lube, tire levers (good luck getting a tire off without them), spare tubes, and a set of hex tools/allen wrenches.

To keep them organized and together, how about stitching together a portable tool roll out of some durable fabric?

Follow my drawings step by step and you’ll have a super solid gift in no time.

Just in case, my handwriting is difficult to read, I’ve written out the steps below each picture.

Bicycle Tool Roll Step 1

Step 1: Gathering Materials

  • Cloth: Canvas, Denim, Linen, Corduroy, other durable options.
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape
  • Seam Tape – To hold the hems while you sew.
  • Iron – To keep your hems flat.
  • Sewing Machine – You could do it by hand, but it would be time-consuming. Also, I’m not much good with or without a thimble especially with tougher fabric.

Bicycle Tool Roll Step 2

Step 2: Cloth Prep

  • Cut a 16″ x 16″ square or your chosen cloth.
  • Fold over 1/4″ – 1/2″ on each side.
  • Tape the hem down or iron it.
  • Lay stitch down the middle of your hem.

Bicycle Tool Roll Steps 3-5

Step 3: Fold over 5 inches of the left side of your hemmed square.

Step 4: Sew the top and bottom edges down, forming a long pouch.

Step 5: Sew lines into the pouch perpendicular to the long edges of your pouch. These will form the slots for the tools.Bicycle Tool Roll Step 6

Step 6: Once the tools are in their respective slots, fold the top down. You will have a long rectangular pouch approximately 5 inches by 15 inches.

Bicycle Tool Roll Step 7

Step 7: Roll it up like a burrito and tie it off with twine, boot lace, or an old belt.

The great thing about this gift is that it’s already wrapped. Throw a bright bow on it and leave it somewhere to get noticed or do the old classic hide-behind-the-back deal.

Some excellent examples:

Etsy: Overlap’s Waxed Canvas Bike Tool Bag Wrap

Amazon: Arsenal 5870 Tool Roll-Up

Source: I got this idea from a BikeHugger post.

For more of the 12 DIYs of Christmas check out: Homemade Beard Oil, $2 Bow Tie, and the Jar of Memories.

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