Creating a custom bag

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!


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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19 thoughts on “Creating a custom bag”

  1. 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.

  2. 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. 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]

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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


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