Author Archives: NoelleOlpin

About NoelleOlpin

I'm a maker, up cycler, educator, thrifter, reuse guru, textile experimenter, creative person and nature lover who enjoys skiing, mountain biking and all seasons in the great outdoors. Let's live simply and keep our world beautiful.

How to repair Chaco sandals

We found a pair of brand new Chaco sandals at the thrift store- score! Chaco sandals are $130 full retail, and worn on repeat at our house. This Chaco sandal repair is definitely worth the try. Watch the full tutorial!

Someone had cut the strap that tightens the sandals way too short. This is probably why we found them at the thrift store. We decided to undertake the project to fix the shoe and lengthen the strap back to original working order- or as close as possible.

This Chaco sandal repair is a very straightforward process and easy fix with basic sewing skills. We solve the problem of best practices on how to fit the sandal into a regular sewing machine.

We use a bar tack stitch method to sew the new strap into place. This makes it look just like the original strap on the outside and feel cozy on your foot on the inside.

The video tutorial can be used to shorten Chaco straps as well. To view the strap shortening process we use (we cut the new webbing to the right length) skip to 1:43 in the video.

Check it out because it’s easy to learn the basics of upcycling!

Making a Wald bicycle basket bag

 Custom bicycle basket bag
New tutorial on YouTube!

Learn how to make your own bicycle basket bag on my channel! I recently found this cute 1980’s Schwinn Collegiate cruiser bike at the local thrift store. With some new tires, oil on the chain and a new Wald 137 basket on the front, I was ready to cruise!

Blue womens Schwinn Collegiate cruiser bike, circa 1982, Wald basket

While very functional, it quickly became evident I needed some sort of bag to fit into my basket, my goods were bouncing out every time I hit a bump.

Making a bag to fit my bike basket

Make a bike basket bag of your own.

Watch the full tutorial on how to make a bicycle basket bag to fit your basket- no matter the brand. In the video I go through the step by step process of measuring, designing, creating a pattern and sewing a bag for a Wald 137 standard bicycle basket. My Wald basket measures 15 x 10 x 4.8 inches, but this pattern can be adapted for any basket.

Very expandable bag aspect, 4 internal pockets
How to make zipper pockets, and an easy drawstring closure for your bike bag included in the tutorial.

In the bicycle basket bag there are internal pockets, with and without zippers. I cover the easiest, best way to sew a pocket with a zipper closure.

Leather straps for carrying while not on the bike.
Perfect bag for a bicycle cruise to your local farmers market for some fresh veggies.

A drawstring closure and a significant amount of expansion in the design of this bike bag allows for the safe carrying of many items without the fear of your goods falling out when the road gets bumpy.

When not expanded, the extra fabric can be tucked into the bag and kept out of the way.
Easy carrying straps for walking around with the bag over your shoulder.

The fabrics I use are upcycled vinyl and heavyweight cottons leftover from previous projects throughout the years. The floral fabric on the expandable part of the bag is a vintage cotton from an old set of drapes I found a thrift store a while back. Their slight faded quality just adds extra character and adventurousness to the bag.

Tuck the straps and drawstring into the top and you're ready to roll.

This bicycle basket bag is designed to be collapsed and then expanded to accommodate trips to the farmers market, grocery store or your favorite take out joint.

An easy bag to carry or ride with in the basket.

The leather straps are long enough to allow wearing the bag over your shoulder when walking around carrying it and the bag is not in the basket.

Drawstring closure keeps your goods safely inside, on or off the bike.

Noelle O Designs is on YouTube!

Noelle O Designs

Hello friends, I’ve been working on a new project this year that I’m very excited to share! It’s a YouTube channel created to inspire creativity and eco friendly ideas on how to fix and reuse what you already have. Check it out and subscribe! What would you like to learn how to make or fix?

My mission is making and up cycling garments and goods, mostly through sewing but occasionally other formats. I love practicing creative thinking and doing when faced with the challenges of living in a modern, disposable world. Let’s learn how to fix and repurpose quality items we already own. Avoid purchasing full retail by thrifting and lessen our environmental impact. Learn lifelong creative practices to practice and share. Live simply so others can simply live.