How to Make a Wheelchair Tote Bag

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Make a handy tote bag to attach to the arm of a wheelchair. The straps attach with Velcro, so it can be easily taken off the chair and carried elsewhere. It also could attach to a walker. The finished size of the tote bag is 16 inches wide by 8 inches tall. This is appropriate for most wheelchairs, as it goes across the side of the chair without interfering with the operation of the wheels.

Things You'll Need

  • Durable fabric, such as denim
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Iron
  • Thread
  • Sewing machine
  • 1-inch-wide Velcro fasteners
  • Cut two pieces of fabric, both 10 inches by 17 inches, for the main body of the tote bag.

  • Cut two pieces of fabric, both 3 inches by 12 inches, for the straps.

  • With the right sides of the fabric together, pin together the two main tote-bag pieces. Using 1/2-inch seams, sew three sides, leaving one long side open. This is the top of the tote. Turn the bag right-side out.

  • Make a hem at the top of the tote by folding under 1/2 inch and then 1 inch. Sew down.

  • Fold under 1/2 inch on all sides of straps. Press. With wrong sides together, fold straps in half lengthwise, press. Topstitch around straps close to all edges.

  • On the back of the tote, pin one end of each strap 2 inches from each side and 2 inches from the top edge. Sew in place.

  • Sew one section of a Velcro fastener to the free end of each strap. Sew the other part of the Velcro fastener to the front of the bag, 2 inches from each side and 2 inches from the top edge. Press two pieces together to close.

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