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Friday, July 1, 2011

Walker Bag Tutorial

It's my turn for the project of the month over at A Dozen Quilters. Yay! After thinking for awhile, I decided to have us make something useful to those sometimes overlooked and forgotten. It's a Walker Bag, which fits over a walker to hold useful things like tissues, pencil and a notebook, a book, medicine, etc. I thought I'd put the tutorial here so that if any of you would like to join in, you can! I'm asking each of the members of A Dozen Quilters to donate theirs to someone they know who can use one, but if any of you would like to make one and truly can't think of a recipient, I will be giving a pile of them to our local nursing home in August. I have donated these before and they are always well received. You are welcome to mail them to me to be donated. Just e-mail for my address.

Walker Bag Tutorial
Two pieces of fabric cut 19" x 30". At least one should be home dec weight.

Four pieces of ribbon, cut 16 inches long each.
Fray check.
Optional decorative accessories.

Take the two pieces of fabric and face them right sides together. Sew all the way around with a 1/2" seam, leaving a 6" opening on one side. Clip the corners. Turn right sides out through the opening and press flat.

Fold up each side 6 1/2" to make the pockets. Make sure the fabric you want to mostly show on the front shows as you fold. Place each ribbon one inch down from the top of the pocket. Pin in place. Topstitch down each side. Fray check ribbon ends.
Make pockets by stitching from the fold up to the top of the pocket in several places. Be thoughtful about the sizes -- one large pocket probably won't do much good. But a pencil sized pocket and several 4-6 inch ones are very handy. If you want to add trim across the pocket tops, be sure to do this before you stitch the pockets in place.

Now embellish with ricrac, pompoms, buttons, iron-ons, etc. If you know the person this is for, it's easy to fit their personality. And thank you so much, from the bottom of my heart.



Kristy said...

Sharing this on my facebook page! :)

Laurel H. said...

Yes, these are definitely always well received. Our charity sewing group has made literally hundreds of these. Thanks for sharing!

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

This is a really great tutorial. What a great gift and so very thoughtful. I posted a link to your site on my Pinterest board. So hopefully it'll bring some more traffic your way, too!!! Have a great 4th of July weekend. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Needled Mom said...

Great idea, Melissa. Those come in so handy for those in need of walkers.

Pins, Needles, & Kids said...

cute. great idea!

Sabra said...

My neighbor uses a walker. I think I may be pulling this tutorial up closer to Christmas. I love the idea!

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