I’ve received many emails about walker bags made for loved ones and some donated to the VA and other organizations.
Let me just say to all of you, “You are awesome!”
Heavier densely woven fabrics work best for this project and will last longer. I have used heavy cotton twill, poly/cotton blends, and upholstery fabrics. The fabric used in the bag shown here was a medium weight blend. I doubled the fabric for more stability. You can also add a fusible interfacing for additional support.
- Cut two (2) rectangles 18 X 14 inches for the front and back.
- Cut two (2) rectangles 18 X 9 inches for the front and back pockets.
- Cut four (4) rectangles 10 X 6 inches for the button tabs.
- Finishing off the top edge of the front, back, and two pockets
- Serge the edges, trimming off a ½ inch as you go.
- Fold down 1½ inches.
- Sew it down with a straight stitch on top of the serged stitching.
- If you do not have a serger, fold down ½ inch.
- Fold down 1½ inches.
- Sew along the edge of the fold with a straight stitch.
- Lay one pocket on the front and the other one on the back aligning them with the bottom edge.
- Pin in place. See photo below.
- Mark a center line on one pocket. This one will have two openings. Mark the other pocket 2½ inches on either side of the center – this one will have three openings.
- Sew from the bottom to the top edge of each pocket following along the drawn line.
- Once at the top, stop with the needle down in the fabric.
- Turn the fabric and stitch two to three stitches across the top, on each side of the line.
- Now, sew back down to the bottom for reinforcement.
“You won’t believe all the stuff folks put in their walker bags.” – VBG
- Fold the 10 X 6 rectangles in half with right sides together.
- Sew along the long side and across one end.
- Turn and press.
- You will need to serge or zig-zag finish the raw ends on two of these.
See the photo below as a guide. The button tabs are outlined in a narrow black line.
Walker Bag Straps
- Using the two tabs with both ends finished, place the serged/zig-zagged finished end two inches in from the side and one inch down from the top edge of the back. This should make a finished eight-inch flap. Be sure they are the same length or the bag will hang crooked on the walker.
- Sew them in a rectangle followed by an X across as shown in heavy black lines on the photo below.
- Place the raw edge of the other two tabs, two inches up from the bottom edge of the back, and sew them on as shown by the thick black lines in the photo below.
- Place the front on top of the back with right sides together.
- Sew the two sides and the bottom at least twice for reinforcement.
- Zig-zag or serge finish the edges.
- Sew buttonholes at least ½ inch from the ends of each of the tabs.
- Sew the buttons on the front as shown in black in the photo below. Add two small rectangles of stabilizer to the back of each button for added support when you sew them on.
Caution – Be sure to caution the recipient of your walker bag against having heavy objects in the bag or keeping a lot of stuff in the bag all the time. It makes the front of the walker heavy and less stable when the front of it is weighted down. It can tip over.
It also requires more energy to use a heavy walker.
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