The Sew Outnumbered Scooter Buddy: a free sewing tutorial

If you’re like me, you’re always looking for fun and easy sewing gifts to make your little boys and their friends.

Well, today I’m so excited to be sharing this FREE tutorial with you!

The scooter buddy sewing tutorial

Those of you who have little boys in your lives will know how much they love racing and zooming around on their scooters.  The Sew Outnumbered Scooter Buddy is the perfect accessory!

It helps to promote independence by letting them carry their own drink bottle PLUS you can pop your keys and other goodies into the zippered section and get them to help you for a change!!

scooter buddy in action 2

The Scooter Buddy is also great for girls too!

Need any more convincing??  Starting September 8, I have a bunch of awesome bloggy friends joining me for a Scooter Buddy Tour to help inspire you for your own version.

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Let’s get sewing!



  • Heavy weight fabric (i.e. denim, cord, duck/canvas) for outer back piece: Cut 8”(w) x 14”(l) – (I’ve used the brown denim for this)
  • Medium weight fabric (i.e. quilting cotton) for outer front pieces: Cut 8”(w) x 17”(l) and 5”(w) x 8”(l) – (I’ve used the orange cars for this)
  • Medium weight fabric (i.e. quilting cotton) for lining & pocket (can be same as outer front piece): Cut 8”(w) x 19”(l) – (I’ve used the blue fabric for this)


  • Medium or heavy weight adhesive (iron-on) interfacing: Cut 8”(w) x 12”(l)
  • 1” wide Velcro (3 x 1 1/2” pieces) or snaps if preferred
  • 7” zipper
  • 1/4” elastic: cut 8”(l) piece

** Please note: seam allowances are 3/8″ or 1cm unless otherwise stated.

scooter buddy fabric

Cut fabric:

Outer back piece (heavy weight fabric):

1. First, mark a horizontal line 2” from the top edge.  Cut along this line.

2. Next, adhere the iron on interfacing to the large outer back piece.

scooter buddy 1

Outer front piece:

1. On the 8”wide piece, mark a horizontal line 8” from the top edge and cut along this line.

2. Take the 8”x8” piece and mark a vertical line down the centre (at 4” across).  Cut along this line. These are your top straps.

3. On the 5” wide piece, mark a line 4” from the top edge. Cut along this line. These are your side straps.

scooter buddy 2

Lining & Pocket:

1. Mark a horizontal line 1” from the top edge. (This is for the zipper tabs)

2. Mark a horizontal line 2” from this first line. (For the pocket piece above the zipper)

3. Mark a horizontal line 4” from this next line. (Main pocket piece)

4. Cut along all lines.

scooter buddy 3

Sew Straps:

1. Choose one of the strap pieces and fold on the long side, right sides together.

2. Sew along one short edge and the unfolded long edge, leaving one short edge open.

3. Clip the corners, turn right side out and press.

4. (optional) Top stitch along the three edges.

5. Repeat for the other three straps.

scooter buddy sew straps

Prepare Zipper:

1. Take the 8”x1”  piece of fabric for the zipper ends and press the short ends under by 1/4″.

2. Cut this piece in half down the middle so you have two pieces, each with one pressed end.

3. Align folded edge of one piece with one end of the zipper and straight stitch across.

4. Repeat for the other side and trim excess fabric down to approx. 1 1/2”.

scooter buddy prepare zip

Sew Pocket:

1. Take the two pocket fabric pieces (the 2″ and 4″ long pieces) and finish the edges along the 8” edges. (one edge for the small piece, both edges for larger piece)

2. Align a finished edge of one of the pocket pieces with the raw edge of the zipper, right sides together.  Pin in place or secure using a basting tape (like WonderTape).

3. Using the zipper foot on your machine, stitch as close to the edge of the zipper as possible, stopping and moving the zipper pull out of the way as you reach it.

4. Press this seam and top stitch from the right side.

scooter buddy sew zip

5. Repeat with the other side of the zipper and the other pocket piece.

6. Mark your lining piece by drawing a horizontal line 4 1/2” from the top edge.

7. Align the bottom edge of the pocket piece, face down along this line and sew across with a 3/8” seam allowance.

8. Fold the pocket piece up and press.

9. Baste around the other edges of the pocket using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

scooter buddy sew pocket

Prepare front piece:

1. Take the 2” outer back piece of fabric and sew to the bottom of the front outer fabric, right sides together, using a 3/8” seam allowance.

2. Finish the edges of this seam and press.

3. Next, press the top edge of the outer front fabric down by 1/2” and then 1/2″ again.

4. Sew from the front using a 3/8” seam allowance.

5. Take the 8” piece of 1/4″ elastic and thread through this casing using a safety pin to guide it.

6. Once the end of the elastic reaches the entrance hole, sew the elastic in place, using a 1/4″ seam allowance and sewing back and forth a couple of times for strength.

scooter buddy sew front piece

7. Pull your elastic through the other end so that 3” pokes out and sew in place at the exit hole, using a 1/4″ seam allowance and sewing back and forth a couple of times for strength.

8. Trim the excess elastic.

scooter buddy sew front piece 2

Sew it all together:

1. Lay the lining/pocket piece right side up on the table and place the outer front (elasticated) piece on top, also with the right side up.

2. Place the outer back piece on top right side down.

3. Mark the bottom edge 2” in from each side and both sides 6” from the bottom.

4. Join these points together to form a diagonal line and cut along this line.  Move the outer back piece to the side for a moment.

scooter buddy sew together 1

5. Place the top straps 1” from the side, aligning the raw edges with the top raw edge of the lining.

6. Place the side straps 2” from the bottom edge, aligning the raw edges with the side raw edge of the lining and outer front pieces.

7. Place the outer back piece back on top again, with the right side facing down.

8. Pin together.  I found it easier to pin just one side of the elastic to begin with.

9. Sew together using a ½” seam allowance.  Take care when approaching the unpinned side of the elastic casing,  pulling it over so the raw edges align.  Remember to leave an opening for turning.  I left mine about 1 1/2″ long just below the elastic on one side.

scooter buddy sew together 2

Box the bottom corners:

1. Press the bottom and side seam allowances flat (or just press open with your fingers).

2. Squeeze the bottom and adjacent side seam allowances together and pin so they form a point.

3. Mark a line 3/8” from the edge of the point.  The line should be 1” long.

4. Sew along this line and then clip off the excess.

5. Turn right side out and handstitch the hole closed.

scooter buddy box corners

Finally, attach Velcro to the top and side straps or use snaps if preferred.

scooter buddy velcro

Hurray!!  You’re finished!!

Now your little one is ready to zooooooooooooooooom!

scooter buddy ride

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Happy scooting!!


*This tutorial was originally written by Sew Outnumbered as a guest post and appeared first at Sew McCool.  Be sure to check out Deanna’s blog for loads of great tutorials and projects!*

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