Her bike, unfortunately, looked like this:
|The body is flipped upside down, by the way, |
because she wasn't quite tall enough to use it right-side-up yet.
So we decided that it was only fair if Iris was going to have to use her brother's old things (just wait, kid!), then we might as well spruce them up for her and give them a new life and new look. Which brings me to....
The Skuut Bike Makeover!
You may not be able to tell from the picture above, but this bike had seen better days. The seat was worn, the tires were rusty, the wood was scraped and dinged.
It was due for this makeover.
Iris came to the store with me and picked out her color of spray paint, and we also got a can of enamel to keep it from scratching too easily. We used Rust-oleum Painter's Touch with Extra Cover in Gloss Grape, and Krylon Crystal Clear Indoor/Outdoor Protective, Non-Yellowing Clear Finish, in case you're curious.
My hubby took the bike apart, which was not too hard to do, and gave it a light sanding before spraying with the purple.
|Doesn't everybody keep a busted door around for|
their spray-painting needs?
In the meantime, I made a new seat cover and bike bucket so that the whole thing was looking brand spanking new!
For the seat cover, I traced the seat on a piece of paper and cut out a fabric oval that would wrap around it.
I used an outdoor canvas fabric, but I wasn't willing to spring for oilcloth. I figured I would be more motivated to keep it inside and under cover this time around, so it should be better protected from the elements! I ironed on a piece of fusible fleece that was the same size, then I did a tiny folded-over hem. I would say you could skip this step--I think that with the fusible fleece it wasn't really going to fray anyway.
|A view of the unnecessary hem step.|
I just used my staple gun to fit the seat cover right over the old seat.
It definitely needed a bike bucket to show off more of that cute fabric, so I made a quick one. It is not as functional as I would like, but I got to try again because what do you think her big brother said when he saw that Iris had a bike bucket? Oh yes, I got to make one for him too. I'll do a tutorial on that one because I think it turned out pretty great! Here's a preview:
|Soon, I promise! (edited: here's the link!)|
As is, it works for toting around one very tiny baby. Or today's passenger, a circa-1982 wooden unicorn. I can kind of squeeze a water bottle in there, which was the intended purpose, but Iris prefers to bring a friend anyway.
Anyway, isn't it cute? And she's big enough to ride it with the body right-side up now!