Sunday, June 09, 2013
Walker Caddy Tutorial
I took some photos as I made my second walker caddie, so that I could explain a few points in the construction, in case someone else wanted to make one.
You only need a small amount of fabric for these & either contrasting ribbon or bias seam binding to finish the edges.
I cut a piece approximately 14" wide & the full width of the fabric, which is usually somewhere between 42"- 45".
If you use pre-quilted fabric, it makes construction quicker, as you don't have to do any free motion quilting to hold the top fashion fabric, batting & lining together.
I always keep an eye out for remnants of pre-quilted fabrics, since you don't need very much & it can be quite pricey if you don't have a discount coupon.
You can also make a "mini quilt sandwich" consisting of your favorite outer layer of fabric, batting & a coordinating lining fabric. You can quilt this any way you like...diagonals, straight lines, free motion...whatever!
Have FUN & get a little practice in at the same time.
Decide which fabric side you want to show the most, as the front pockets & fold it up on both ends to form the 2 pockets.
Leave approximately 4-6" of open area between them, to fit over the top bar of the walker. This type of "saddlebag" carrier is more stable than one with loops & buttons or Velcro as it doesn't pull on such connections.
You can either hem both of the top edges of the pockets & apply decorative ribbon ties, like I did on the one below or you can use seam binding to cover the raw edges, without hemming.
Be sure to heat seal the raw ends of the ribbon with flame so it doesn't unravel.
If you're using seam binding, remember to fold in each open end a wee bit & stitch it closed before you apply it to the pocket so that the ends of the ties are finished nicely.
IMPORTANT: Remember to sew your ribbon or binding onto the top of the pockets BEFORE you stitch up the sides!
(ask me how I know this)
Now fold in & pin your ribbons or seam binding ends onto the middle of the caddy, to keep them safely out of the way when you attache the outside seam binding all around the caddy.
I basted the entire perimeter first, just to make sure my pockets stayed square, but that is up to you.
I put ties on the bottom edge of the caddy, to keep it from swinging back & forth while walking.
You don't want anything banging into a recent post-op knee replacement! Ouch!
In hindsight, I think it would much nicer if ALL of the ties were attached to the underside of the caddy. I will do it that way next time & not extend the ribbon or the seam binding beyond the pockets on the front.
This photo, above, shows how I have one lower ribbon on the front, pinned in place, at the bottom. There is another one on the other side of the caddy, on opposite corners.
Either this type of seam binding or ribbon will work for the ties. I made them approximately 12" long on each side, so one would have plenty of length to work with.
Remember, this might be an elderly person who is trying to tie the loose ends & their fingers don't work as well as they once did.
After you've applied seam binding all around the perimeter, just as if you were binding a quilt, you can stitch down the pockets, making them any width you want.
I made a narrow divided section to hold a pen & another wider section to fit a cup or a paper back book into. Be sure to leave one section for glasses or a cell phone, too...VERY IMPORTANT to advise them to keep a cell phone handy at all times, in case of an emergency!
It took my sister awhile to get used to putting things into the caddy so that she would have them with her when she moved about, instead of setting them on the bedside table, but it sure has come in handy, once she got into the habit of using it!!
Oh & be sure to use a BIG button on one of the pockets...easier for arthritic fingers... & just attach a loop of seam binding to hold it closed. It is easy to just stitch that onto the inside of the pocket after you've determined where you want your button located.
You can also put an additional hidden pocket on the underneath side, for extra security, such as a wallet or Medicare card.
I applied a strip of Velcro hook & loop tape to the undersides of the caddy, just to help stabilize it a bit more.
I hope you NEVER have to use one of these, but if you know someone who needs a walker, these really help to keep things handy for them.
Plus, if you do one with a funny embroidered saying, like this:
it becomes a "conversation starter" & a source of laughter for everyone & who doesn't need a good laugh?
I'm linking to Susan's Between Naps on The Porch for
Metamorphosis Monday as well as
Yvonne's StoneGable for Tutorials, Tips & Tidbits.
Thanks for stopping by The Gazebo House today.
I hope this tutorial is helpful & please feel free to post a question if something isn't clear to you. I'm not the best teacher, that's for sure!
Posted by Rettabug at 6/09/2013 10:29:00 PM