Shortly before we were going on our cruise last summer Mr Gertie asked if I could make a bag what would fit on the back of Wizzy (my wheelchair).
When we were on a cruise the previous year Mr Gertie not only had to push Wizzy but also carry a rucksack so thought maybe Wizzy could do some of the carrying this time around...
Mr Gertie took Wizzy’s vital statistics then I set about making a bag that would fit on the back of Wizzy.
As Stickies, my elbow crutches, would also be at the back of Wizzy, I had to make sure that the bag would sit ok with them.
I based the design of the bag on a rucksack. It would have a long body to accommodate four large pockets at the front and sides. These pockets would be used to hold things like bottles of water (handy for heat in the Mediterranean).
I also added an inside zipped pocket into the lining so we could keep things safe, like passports etc. For ease I fixed the length of the handles.
The fabric for the rucksack needed to be hardwearing and waterproof so decided on leatherette, black weave patterned to be exact, with red cotton fabric (for a bit of brightness) for the lining.
I’d never sewn with leatherette so had to do a little research beforehand. Not been able to press the seams open (the iron would melt the fabric....) was a problem so I just had to finger press them and hope for the best!!!!
I was a lot slower at machine stitching the pieces together as mistakes could not be unpicked because the needle left a hole in fabric. The same thing applied to pins so had to use paper clips, pegs and tape to hold the pieces together.
It was a bit of a challenge using leatherette for the first time. However overall I’m happy with how Wizzy’s bag came out – and so too is Wizzy!!!
Have a great week.
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