My sewing studio is located near a small park. Last summer I observed many senior citizens enjoying themselves. Some use walkers for assistance in getting around. Quite a few seniors had tied plastic bags to the front or sides of their walkers to carry their items. When they moved forward it often caused them to get off balance.

The designer in me just jumped-out, so I decided to create a walker bag with quality features and a professional look. The importance of this design is that when the pockets are filled with the owner's treasures, it remains in balance so the user can lift or push the walker without difficulty. Another important feature is to have the bag secured to both legs of the walker.

I made several bags and gave them to the elderly who use walkers and they just loved it! With both front and back pockets they can have their glasses, water bottle, reading material, etc. within handy reach. I was able to make and give away about 35 of them in several elderly housing projects.

Here I share with you the materials and instructions on making a walker bag.

The finished size of the bag is approximately 13 3/4" Wide x 24 1/4" Long. The cutting size includes a 3/8" seam allowance. I rate this project for someone with sewing skills, but I hope my step-by-step instructions and pictures are clear enough to follow even if you are a beginner.

Materials and equipment to make a walker bag:

1 yard main fabric;
1/2 yard fabric for pockets;
1/2 yard fabric for pocket linings;
1/2 yard medium weight non-woven fusible interfacing (from a 48" Wide bolt);
1 yard 1" wide webbing;
1 yard 3/16" cord with lip (you can purchase it ready-made or you can make your own piping);
Sewing machine;
Pinking shears (use to cut your fabric so it will not fray. You can use ordinary fabric scissors if you don't have it);
1/2 yard of 3/4" Wide hook (male) and loop (female) fastener;
Tailor's chalk;
Quilter's ruler;
Iron and iron board.

Step 1: Cut All Fabrics and Interfacing

From the main fabric, cut 2 pieces 14 1/2" Wide x 25" Long. Cut one piece of interfacing, in the same size, and fuse it on the back side (wrong side) of one of the two pieces of main fabric. The fabric with fusible interfacing will become the top of your walker bag. The other will be the underside.

Now, cut two pieces of fabric 14 1/2" Wide x 9 1/4" High from the fabric you've chosen for the pockets. Then, cut two pieces of interfacing, in the same size, and fuse each on the back side of each pocket fabric.

Note: The interfacing you purchase comes with instructions. Please follow the instructions before fusing on the fabric.

Finally, cut similar size of the lining fabric for the pocket lining. Set all aside and move to Step 2.
<p>I'm getting ready to make this for a family friend who suffered a stroke a few weeks ago. I really do appreciate you writing this up! He's frustrated right now that he needs both hands to walk so he can't carry anything so I'm prayerful this helps him out some! Thanks again and I'm so excited to try this one out!</p>
Just wanted to drop by and share the one I made. I added ribbon on top, and we put a small pocket on the inside for a cell phone. <br><br>Thanks for the pattern!
I realize this is off topic, but I'm hoping you or someone can direct me to any instructables related to the idea of making--sewing, I assume, but maybe not--a binder for a middle school student. My kid likes the $20 (or so) binders/organizers that have a zippered cover. If there was a home-made cover that was more durable than the store-bought versions, and maybe slipped over a cheap, normal binder, that might do the trick. I hate to be fussy, but my kid is, so it would be nice if the cover looked 'cool'. I think the pockets and so on could be taken care of by means of the pencil pouch thingies that attach via the binder's rings. Thanks for any thoughts or suggestions. Sorry to intrude on this thread. (Is there a way to post an inquiry like this on the site? I haven't looked for such but haven't noticed any.) --Steve H. in Michigan
Hi Steve,<br/><br/>There is one seller on Etsy who sells 3-ring binder cover. Here is the link:<br/><br/><a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22325193">http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=22325193</a><br/><br/>Julia<br/>PaulJulia Designs<br/>www.pauljuliadesigns.com<br/>
that cover looks great! Thanks for the link--I've bookmarked it. Now I'm going to go back to look at other patterns/items.
After posting my comment I saw the 'ask' option--so I've posted my question there. Sorry for interrupting the comments here with something off-topic. By the way I love that you saw the need and 'just did it' making these walker bags. I'm guessing it meant a lot to older folks who may have lived a more 'do it yourself' lifestyle to have someone show such skills and volunteer--unasked, even--such a solution to a problem that otherwise poses an annoying quality-of-life type frustration. Way to go!
This is wonderful! I can't wait to make some to give to senior centers in my area. Thank you!
Thank you for the easy to follow instructions. I was able to make a walker bag for my Nana. It turned out a little smaller in dimensions, but I think it's because I'm new to sewing. Straight lines can be a challenge! Thank you, once again.
Hi chachacha, Congratulations! Post the picture if you can :) I'd love to see it. With a lot of practice, you can master it in no time. Julia

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