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Creating a custom bag

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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!


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:)


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Pam @Threading My Way

Saturday 7th of September 2013

An extremely well thought out design, Vicki...

Pam @Threading My Way

Saturday 7th of September 2013

Featured your bag today, Vicky...


Friday 30th of August 2013

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

Heather Feather

Thursday 29th of August 2013

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


Tuesday 27th of August 2013

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

Lucy Blossom

Monday 26th of August 2013

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.

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