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How to Make a Wheelchair Bag

Supplies Needed:

  • 13 x 17” cloth
  • Bias tape

Steps

  1. Cut the cloth in a 13” by 17” rectangle.
  2. Add button holes or some other type of hole at the top on the short side of the cloth. NOTE: If a furniture store is willing to share with you their upholstery samples, they are usually about the right size and already have the holes at the top!
3. Zigzag or serge all edges to reduce fraying.

3. Zigzag or serge all edges to reduce fraying.

4a. Add bias tape to the bottom short edge (the edge parallel with the holes).

4a. Add bias tape to the bottom short edge (the edge parallel with the holes).

4b. Fold over the raw edge of bias tape.

4b. Fold over the raw edge of bias tape.

5. Fold from the bottom up (wrong sides together) to form a large pocket. Leave about 2” at the top where the holes are.

5. Fold from the bottom up (wrong sides together) to form a large pocket. Leave about 2” at the top where the holes are.

6. Add bias tape around the top and sides (all edges except the folded bottom edge).

6. Add bias tape around the top and sides (all edges except the folded bottom edge).

7. Cut two, 28” ties. This can be bias tape sewn into   strip, ribbon, shoe-lace, or something similar.

7. Cut two, 28” ties. This can be bias tape sewn into strip, ribbon, shoe-lace, or something similar.

8. Loop ties through top holes. Put both ends of one tie through the hole. Then put ends through the loop created by the rest of the tie. Pull tight. Repeat step 7 for the other hole. (Recipient will use the string ends to tie the bag onto their wheelchair.)

8. Loop ties through top holes. Put both ends of one tie through the hole. Then put ends through the loop created by the rest of the tie. Pull tight. Repeat step 7 for the other hole. (Recipient will use the string ends to tie the bag onto their wheelchair.)

9. Add Velcro (a small square is usually sufficient) to the pocket to hold it closed.

9. Add Velcro (a small square is usually sufficient) to the pocket to hold it closed.

Some examples

Local distribution Ideas

  1. Deliver to nursing homes or hospitals when Christmas caroling. Can stuff with Christmas items if desired.
  2. Stuff with birthday items and give to nursing homes to give to residents on their birthday.
  3. Give Sunday School children the opportunity to help with the making the bags. Then, they can make a card and deliver it to a nursing home resident.

PDF File

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