Dear Jenn Reilly,
Thank you for that message you sent me a few weeks back on my Facebook Page enquiring about a wheelchair bag. Your message caught my attention immediately. You see, I've never made a wheelchair bag before and have never thought of attempting to make one either, since I specialise mainly in baby changing bags and smaller handbags. And I don't usually say yes to projects that could potentially 'stress me out' because of the unfamiliarity of the whole concept. Contrary to popular belief, not all bags are alike. The construction for each bag differs, depending on its use ; how the bag is carried, how much weight will it take, how big/small will its content be, how frequently will it be used etc. These are some of the countless points that needed to be considered when designing a bag.
Truth be told, I was more than ready to decline the project because drafting a whole new pattern can be very very scary and exhausting, especially when there are so many existing orders waiting to be made and completed. And clearly, I am also a coward for 'the unknown'. But something you wrote changed my mind completely - 'It's people like you who make being disabled SOOO much easier x'. That was that really. That to me sounded like a challenge and the utmost gratitude all rolled into one. I said yes and sealed the deal. Can't go back now. Oh crumpets!
But thankfully the more I thought about it, the more I can see the finished product in my head. Now whether or not this will be as what you would imagined it to be, is a different matter. Armed with that bit of vision in my head, off I went into what feel like a sewing battle.
But I think I came out on this side of victory and I'm really happy to share with you the finished product. Thank you so much for this wonderful and amazing opportunity. It has been such a pleasure to make this bag for you. I sincerely hope you love it as much as I enjoyed making it. And I hope it will go on lots of wonderful adventures with you.
The bag measure approximately 14.5 inches wide x 11 inches tall and 7 inches deep. On the front, it features two front pockets with twist turn locks. The bag has two carry handles, made with dark brown canvas with a leather trim and a detachable shoulder strap.
The back of the bag features a zipped slip pocket.
Side view of the bag.
I've chosen a hot pink waterproof lining for the bag as a wonderful surprise and contrast to the grey exterior.
Detachable metal hadware
View of the front pocket
These handmade straps are specially made to hook on to the side of the bag so it can be attached to the wheelchair's push handles.