How to Make a Stylish Cycling Ankle Strap

This pretty ankle strap will keep your pants from getting caught in your bike chain—and look good doing it.

November 2014
By Kathy McGee

The Happy Bicycle

The Happy Bicycle (Stash Books, 2014), by Kathy McGee is the perfect book for the fashion-conscious bicyclist. Beautiful, functional DIY bike accessories range from cute bicycle bell disguises to a pair of roomy panniers for toting craft projects or farmers’ market produce anywhere you might ride. The projects are presented with plenty of how-to instructions and photographs, so even a crafting novice can complete them; more experienced crafters will delight in the clever details that accentuate the stylishness of these bike accessories. The following pattern makes an attractive cycling ankle strap to guard your pant legs from greasy bike chains.

Why sacrifice style when you’re riding a bicycle? When you accessorize with this ankle strap, you can wear your wide-legged pants without worrying about getting your cuff greasy or caught in your bike chain. Cycling ankle straps can be made from a wide array of ribbons and colors. Make several and wear a different one every day.



• Cotton webbing: 1-inch size, 1/2 yard
• Woven jacquard ribbon: 5/8–7/8-inch wide, 1/2 yard
• Rickrack: 1/8-inch wide, 1 yard
• Parachute or quick-release buckle: 1-inch size
• Bar slide buckle: 1-inch size
• Coordinating thread


• Fabric glue

Finished Size:

1 inch wide, adjusts to fit up to 14 inches in circumference


For a sportier ankle strap that’s also a safety accessory, replace the jacquard ribbon with 5/8–7/8-inch reflective tape.