Creating a custom bag

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What is your favourite part of designing something new?

Wheelchair bags

Custom Wheelchair Bag



I love the problem solving aspect to a new creation.  This week I have made a bag for a wheelchair user, who lives in a care home – the brief was to hold a packet of tissues, a comb and a lipstick. My first ever wheelchair bag:)

I took a while pondering the design, mulling it over. Basically I was not satisfied with the idea of a box of tissues at the bottom of a bag, just not very accessible for someone with limitations.

Wheelchair handbag


Finally the light bulb moment came – velcro straps on a tissue box fabric cover, with a side pocket for comb and lipstick. Lets just hope it works!

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The  logical approach would be to buy a box of tissues, as the reference point for size of bag. Alternatively one can always refer to you tube, and then face the consequences when it dawns on you the you tube video refers to a standard tissue box for a different country!

Without measurement for a wheelchair arm, to height of the top of the wheel it is guess work, but I am delighted with the result:) Lets hope it works for Joan:)

When I started this creative journey it did not cross my mind that there would be some maths, analyzing, logical thinking involved as I gained confidence and started creating & adapting patterns. I enjoy it:) Whats you favourite part of making and creating?

As usual I am popping over to Handmade Harbour to check out what other people have been making:) Have a good week:)

Vicky

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19 Comments

  1. August 25, 2013 / 10:49 am

    What a great design, and it looks so pretty too. I’m sure she will love it, perhaps there is a whole new market there to be explored. I’ve found longer bags (like messenger bags or satchels) which I thought would be good for hanging on the back of a wheelchair are no good because they constantly hit the wheels so something with shorter straps is a much better idea.

    • August 25, 2013 / 8:23 pm

      Thanks Fiona, have to admit I would have found it so much easier to make if I had a physical wheelchair to work with!!

  2. August 25, 2013 / 7:26 pm

    That’s a great design and well thought out. Please do pop over to my blog as I have a mini tutorial for a recycled fabric tote bag. Love to see if you make one from the idea.

  3. August 25, 2013 / 7:38 pm

    That is a brilliant bag. It will look so smart on the wheelchair and I’m sure she will love it as well.

  4. August 25, 2013 / 8:08 pm

    I love the designing bit and the making little changes to make it what you wanted – in my case this does not always work! Your bag looks good for the brief – but I guess the user will be best reviewer![Patchwork Fairy]

    • August 25, 2013 / 8:22 pm

      here’s hoping she has enough mobility, and room to access the tissues:)

  5. August 26, 2013 / 6:53 am

    That is so clever. I am sure she will love it!

  6. August 26, 2013 / 8:02 am

    I’m not very good at coming up with my own design for anything, I always have to tweak a pattern to get what I want, so I’m in awe of you! A lovely bag, I’m sure it will be greatly appreciated x

    • August 26, 2013 / 9:38 am

      You’ll get there, I couldn’t even tweak a pattern a year ago!!

  7. August 26, 2013 / 11:13 am

    this is such a great idea, i’m sure its new owner will be thrilled – pretty and practical is a great combo!

    my fav part of creating is the process of discovery – if you work out how to do something yourself its so exciting as you see how to bring it together 🙂 x

  8. August 26, 2013 / 2:54 pm

    I love the fabric that you’ve used, and to be able to make it at all without having a physical wheelchair to meaasure etc is amazing, I wouldn’t know where to start. I hope it works for the recipient – I’m sure a lot of her friends will want one next.

  9. August 27, 2013 / 9:47 am

    Wow I think you’ve come up with a fantastic design. It looks perfect for practical reasons and the little extra of the buttons and ribbons make it look really pretty.
    Ali x

  10. August 29, 2013 / 2:33 am

    What a great idea! You really put thought into it and it shows! Great job!

  11. August 30, 2013 / 10:22 am

    What a super idea, thanks for sharing on this week’s Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party 🙂
    x
    Natalie
    Marigolds’ Loft

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