Make a bag that attaches to a walker and can accommodate objects of various sizes and shapes with this tutorial and video
Hey y’all, today I’m sharing a tutorial for a walker caddy accessory bag. This is a great gift for people who use mobility assistance, and it can also be a great charity sewing project. I know many groups who have sewed these for to donate to nursing homes. It takes an ordinary walker and makes it more useful. I wrote this post a few years ago, but I’m updating it with some new pictures and a new video to make it even easier to sew.
A walker caddy tutorial is one of those things I never thought about until a few relatives got old enough to need walkers. If you’re using a walker, what do you do if you need to carry your glasses, or the remote, or your mail? Your hands are full, so where do your personal items go? You can’t even carry things across your own house.
Well, that’s where this walker caddy tutorial comes in. I designed this to be easy to sew, with side straps so that it can be tied on to walkers in a variety of sizes. It also has velcro for stability, to keep it from sliding back and forth across the bar when there is more weight in front or back.
And this walker tote can be easily adapted for wheelchairs, or strollers. Because new mamas and special needs caregivers never have enough hands either. Once you see how it’s constructed, you can modify the measurements to attach to a stroller handlebar or drape over the back of a wheelchair. This stores personal items easily within reach.
(Psst – if you’re looking for the cup holder tutorial, that’s here. This one is just about the pocket tote for the walker).
The caddy has front pockets for larger items like tablets and magazines.
And it has back pockets for items that need to be easily accessible, like glasses or phones.
To make this walker tote bag you’ll need
- Two pieces of fabric measuring 18″ x 36″. One of these should be a heavier weight fabric – like heavy twill, denim, canvas, etc.
- Ties or ribbon – I used ties made of 1/2″ wide bias tape sewn shut – you’ll need 1 1/2″ yards or 54 inches
- 1/2 yard of sew on velcro
How to Sew a Walker Caddy
You can watch the video of me sewing this walker bag below or on YouTube here. Or find written instructions below the video.
To start, cut your two pieces of fabric to 18″ by 36″
With your sturdier fabric wrong side up, fold the two ends up to make the pockets. I made the pockets on one side 8 inches deep and 5 inches deep on the other side. Iron these folds so that you leave a crease in the fabric. Then, with pockets still pressed up, fold the fabric in half right sides together and press that fold as well.
Cut your tie ribbon into 4 equal length pieces. Using your pressed creases as a guide, lay your fabric right side up. Pin the ties right next to the pocket folds, and pin or use side clips to hold the velcro about 3-4 inches to each side of the center fold. Sew on velcro and ties.
Place your other piece of fabric right sides together with your tied/velcroed piece and sew around the edges. Stop with your needle down at the corners to turn and leave an opening for your hand to turn this right side out.
Turn the caddy right side out. Press the edges and topstitch all around the edges, closing the hole you used to turn the caddy right side out. Then fold the pockets back up and stitch down sides, backstitching to reinforce the top edges of the pockets. Sew dividing lines on the pockets, backstitching at these top edges as well.
And then all that’s left is to fold this caddy onto the recipient’s walker, securing the velcro and the ties. Then let them load up the pockets and be more self sufficient in carrying their things.
P.S. – I have a tutorial for the cup holder shown in these pictures here.