Bikecap

Since you don’t change bike every now and then, I love to add cute accessories to cheer it up. I already made a basket and bags.  Now I made a bike seat cover.

What you will be needing

  • Strip of oilcloth, 9 by 100 cm
  • Saddleshaped piece of oilcloth
  • Elastic, 1,5 cm wide and 1 m long

You start with stitching the elastic on the border of the long strip its back. Make sure you put enough pressure on the elastic, otherwise the bikecap will be too loose.

Then you have to stitch the strip on the saddlepiece, wrong sides facing. Start in the middle of the back of the seat. Don’t stitch the first centimeters of the strip yet. Try not to stitch too fast, in order to be able to follow the shape better.

When you are at the end, cut the rest of the strip, leaving again a few centimeters. Once you have stitched the ends of the strip together, your bikecap is ready!

This cap will help you find your bike back in the bike rack more easy and prevent your saddle form getting wet…

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Under my umbrella

lola oilcloth umbrella origami design

The rainy days are here again. Although summer can never start fast enough, I always feel like it’s over before you even know it. I suppose you feel the same way as well… But I thought I would embrace autumn for once and I made a huge lola umbrella out of oilcloth. This turned out to be quite a challenge and I have to admit that I’m not completely sure the umbrella will live a very long life. It does look superb though. Pictures are underneath, I hope you like it!

lola oilcloth umbrella origami design

lola oilcloth umbrella origami design

Gorgeous Gardening Apron

lola oilcloth gardening apronI might not have the biggest garden in the world, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have any plants. Earlier this year I put a planter box and some pots on my terrace. Some of the things I have grown in the meantime are: basil, cilantro, dill, thyme, parsley, lemon balm, arugola, radishes, and so much more! It has become a habit that when I get home from work, I open my terrace door to start weeding and watering the plants. Unfortunately I never take off my work outfit first.

That was more than a very good reason to start working on an oilcloth gardening apron in order to keep my clothes safe. You can see the results underneath, including the Chiwy Tomato Red, Boogy Lagoon and Flowpow Summer Cool design. For all my designs visit fromlolawithlove.com .

lola oilcloth gardening apron

lola oilcloth gardening apron

Beautiful Bicycle Bags

lola oilcloth bicycle bagsThe end of the summer is coming closer (unfortunately). Everybody starts prepping for the new school year and a refreshing work start after summer vacation. Having everything organized is very important in this process, and I just managed to pimp my bike in time for the first days back at work. With these fun bicycle bags I don’t have to worry about leaving stuff behind.

What you need:

  • your favorite lola designs
  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • cotton border
  • velcro tape
  • cardboard

What to do:

  • Measure your bike rack well, you don’t want your bicycle bags to be too big and get caught in the wheel.
  • Cut out the underpart of the bags, this is the biggest square (mine is 60 cm x 32 cm), this will be double sided for a strong base.
  • Cut out in a different design the pockets (mine are 22 cm x 32 cm), the sides (9 cm wide), and the flap (32 cm x 32 cm).
  • Sew the pockets to the base and add the flaps last.
  • Onto the flaps you can stitch some velcro tape so the bags don’t fly open while biking. I also added velcro onto the base so I can attach it to the bike rack.
  • In the pockets you can put cardboard so the bottom stays straight (or sew the cardboard into the pockets if you want).

lola oilcloth bicycle bags

lola oilcloth bicycle bags

Just pack your lunch, your raincoat (just in case), and your good mood. You are ready for this!

pretty lounge pillows

Temperatures are rising! This weekend I will hopefully be screaming ‘hot hot hot’ while running over the grass and diving into the pool. This is the perfect time to linger around the garden, maybe invite some friends over for a fresh cocktail, but definitely not do anything unnecessary. And for an easy and cheap fix on where to lay down: this super pretty pallet couch with lola oilcloth cushions.

lola oilcloth garden cushions

What you need:

  • a variety of pallets: the more pallets, the bigger the couch obviously
  • stuffing for the cushions (same measurements as the pallets)
  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • velcro tape

lola oilcloth garden cushions

What to do:

  • Look at your stuffing as a gift you are going to wrap and take precise measurements.
  • Decide whether to make a patched cushion or a plain cushion. If you want to make a patched one, make sure all parts fit together well on the top part of the cover.
  • Sew the corners from the top and bottom part of the cushion.
  • Sew the velcro tape over the borders so you can slide the two parts over the fitting and stick the velcro together.

And now all the work is done, you have to lay down, take a sip from the best ‘start of summer’-cocktail ever and enjoy your garden.

More information on which designs to choose on www.fromlolawithlove.com .

lola oilcloth garden cushions

lola bike basket

lola oilcloth bike basket

take me for a ride

“Yes, thank you, more please!” That’s exactly the feeling I have since spring started. No more excuses for not going on a run in the evening, for not taking the bike to work, or not taking a stroll through my local farmer’s market. I decided to make my bike a little bit more user-friendly and found an old basket in the garage. Ofcourse I had to pimp it with some oilcloth.

 

 

What you need:

  • some lola oilcloth that matches your bike (I used small big flower aloë vera)
  • some cotton border
  • a sewing wachine
  • a fun basket that fits your handlebar

lola oilcloth bike basket

What to do:

  • Take the inner measures from your basket (or some more if you want it to show on the outside too, like mine) and  cut it out of the oilcloth.
  • Sew the bottom to the sides and place it inside of your basket.
  • Make some notes on the back of the oilcloth where you need to leave some space for the handles.
  • Finish everything with cotton border.

 

You now have created the most funky bike basket entirely out of oilcloth. The other bikers will be jealous, you can count on it! If you can’t decide which design would be best for your bike, visit my website for some more inspiration.

see you next week!

see you next week!

Visitors in the lola van!

One of my biggest DIY projects in the history of the lola collection is without doubt the lola van – you could already catch a glimpse of it in last week’s post. It’s covered in lola both inside and out, and I must admit I attract quite some attention while driving it 😉

Earlier this week I had some very cute visitors coming over, and of course the van worked like a magnet! Luckily I have my camera with me most of the time, so I was able to take some fun pictures of the boys. The improvised photo shoot reminded me of the fact that, until now, the lola van didn’t really receive the attention it deserves on this blog.

Well, that changed now 🙂 Take a look and discover your favorite designs!

P.S. For more pictures of the exterior of the van, check out the website.

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