Friday, January 31, 2014

Walker Bags

I decided I needed a walker bag on my rolling seat walker.
 
 
 I usually use a cane to help keep my balance when walking as I was diagnosed with vertigo several years ago after I fell and herniated a disc in my lower back. (However I've learned since then, despite the maneuverability of the cane, it can also not stop me from falling if I catch the rubber tip on a stair lip. I crashed several weeks ago at a girlfriend's house and scared her! Oh, my sore knees!) At the same time, I was told I had arthritis in my spine (okay, so that explains the pinched nerve and fire down my leg when I stand or walk too long, huh?) and an extra vertebra. Mom always said she goofed on me -- I was her first pregnancy experiment! She said she should have named me "Grace" instead! *giggle*

I take my walker with me to places where I might have to walk or stand quite a bit. I love having a portable place to sit down when I poop out in pain and the guy(s) might not be done looking. I looked on Pinterest for ideas on how to make one and decided to design one from a quilted black and white crib bumper pad I picked up some time ago junking. I cut out two rectangles the width of my walker back, sewed the ends together and down the center to make two pockets. Next I held up the bag to the walker and guesstimated where to sew the ribbons on.

I was in a hurry to get my walker bag done as I was going shopping with friends the next day, so I sewed ribbons on it to hold it on temporarily. The ribbons won't hold heavy loads, but I thought it might do to hold a water bottle. I will make sturdier handles later with fabric if the need arises.
 
The basket under the seat also got an fabric insert because previously, when I've used the walker as a shopping cart, I would lose small items through the wires. It worked dandy! See photos.


 
Postscript: I improved my walker bag. Click here to see how.

2 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear about your fall and the pain you have. I can imagine as I watch my Mum with what sounds like similar pain. You have been clever putting this lovely bag together. I hope the bows get to stay after you sew around the edges.

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    1. I've had several shots in my back that helps me with pain. Blessed relief! So I follow the doctors advice and not lift anything heavier than five pounds and no twisting motions, etc. I can stand long enough to wash the dishes, but then have to sit down, so I'm popping up and down all day I'm not allowed to garden any longer, so have taken to container gardening. When there's a will, there's a way! I saw a walker bag on Pinterest made from a pair of overalls, like the bag saver I made a while ago, so am looking for another pair of black toddler overhalls thrifting.

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