Hello Readers! Hope you are having a great week so far!
Recently I got to make a walker caddie for the first time. I had a lot of fun with it so I thought I’d share how I made it for others who may want to give it a try too. It really isn’t too hard to do and it went together fairly quick. The best part is you really don’t need a lot of fabric either. Would be the perfect gift for someone you know or even to donate to a local nursing home or assisted living!
I was inspired by Rettspace. I used her idea with another caddie picture I had seen. I used Lori Holt’s fabric from her line Sew Cherry.
What you will need:
*1/2 yard of fabric for top
*1/2 yard of fabric for bottom (this will fold up over the top and become your pockets)
* Small piece of thick 20 gauge clear vinyl (I bought a 1/2 yard of it from Joann Fabric for like $3 but even 1/4 a yard would be plenty)
*Large needles- size 16 worked well for my machine
*1-2 packs of double fold bias tape (or just 1 and 1 roll of ribbon for ties)
* Batting or fusible batting (if you don’t want to quilt on your caddie)
Cut your top and bottom fabrics 14″ x width of fabric (42-45″ usually). So 14″ x 42″.
Lay your top and bottom pieces together sandwiching your batting piece. You then will quilt or if you choose to use fusible batting you will just iron over to fuse your fabric and batting together. (I chose to quilt lines on mine)
Pick which side you want your pockets to be visible. You also want to make sure that you account for 5-6″ left in between for the caddie to lay over the bar on the walker. Do not sew or pin it in place yet.
Open up your bias tape in half and pin it in place to both sides of your fabric ends. This will become the finishing for your pockets. Then you are going to sew it.
Once they are sewn onto both ends you just snip off the excess.
Figure out how big you want your vinyl to be and which side or both that you want it to be on. The vinyl is going to be a cute little photo holder. I was going to put multiple photo holders on mine but then just decided to do one. I believe my vinyl measured 5 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ to hold a 5×6 photo.
Now I don’t have a picture of this process unfortunately but what you are going to do next is sew a piece of bias tape or binding onto your vinyl. This is where the larger needle comes in. When sewing vinyl, you want to use a bigger needle. A 16 or 18 gauge needle would work best. You also want to lengthen your stitches, I set my length to 4.2. The reason for this is that if your stitches are closer together they will just become a serrated tear and the vinyl will rip off very easily when they open their pocket to put in a picture.
Also, if you are familiar with binding (if you don’t, don’t worry, here is a clip to help. I love Ginny!) Only sew the back part of the binding to just your vinyl piece. Then attach it to your fabric by finishing your top binding. So you are going to just lay it on your fabric with the unfinished binding side up. Then as you fold it down you’ll be sewing your binding directly onto your fabric. DO NOT SEW THE TOP! You won’t be able to open it to stick a picture in if you do. Watch those mitered corners too! I had a little bit of difficulty binding the vinyl and getting good corners. Take your time.
You can use the bias tape as binding or you can use your own binding. I made some from the green flower fabric.
(This is how you want it to look afterward)
Now you want to pin your pockets in place. Flip your caddie over and on the bottom side, you are going to pin and sew your ties on. My ties were about 10″ long. You can always snip excess off if you find they are too long.
Again, I, unfortunately, don’t have a picture of this process but you are going to sew a line to make your pockets. I did 1 line to make 2 large pockets on each side but you can make more if you want. Also, you are going to do binding again but this time around the entire caddie to finish off those edges. If you don’t know how to bind, click on the clip from step 5.
And you are done!
This is the front of mine.
And the back.
I hope these directions made sense and helped you to create a walker caddie for yourself or someone you care about.
Thank you for reading!