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Patriotic Walker – Wheelchair Tote Bag

Posted on October 25, 2007

As promised, here is the walker – wheelchair tote bag crochet pattern using regular acrylic yarn. I crocheted several of these handy totes lately for a special needs project for our local VA hospital. I made these with red, white, and blue scrap and recycled acrylic yarn to have a patriotic look for the Veterans.

I also crafted some recycled walker – wheelchair tote bags using plastic bag yarn or plarn and that free pattern is found at this link. I have two versions of the bag, one with star buttons above and another with Velcro on the straps. You can pick and choose the style you like as I have posted the patterns for both bags below.

Here is the same tote made with overlapping straps with Velcro.

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Free Walker – Wheelchair Yarn Tote Bag Pattern

Materials needed:
2.3 ozs (approx.) each of red, white and blue acrylic yarn.
2) 3″ Velcro strips and/or
2) 1-1/8″buttons depending on bag version.

Hook:
H (5 mm) U.S. size hook

Gauge using acrylic worst yarn:
8 rows = 3″
7 Hdc = 2″

Description: Tote Bag
Bag measures 12″ wide and 9″ long

Directions:
Using red yarn , Ch 41.

Rnd 1
Hdc in 2nd ch from hook and in ea chain st down to end. Continue around other side of chain by working a Hdc in ea st to other end.

Rnd 2 – 8
Hdc in ea st around the entire bag bottom. Do not connect at end of rounds, just continue working Hdc’s in rounds as this creates a seamless bag. (At end of 8 rows, approx. 3 inches long.)
Ending at side of bag, switch to white yarn drawing up white yarn on last loop of last st.

(Tip: Draw up new color yarn on last loop of last st so switch of color is smooth. Do this for each color change at side edge of bag.)

Rnd 9 – 16
Continuing with white yarn, Hdc in ea st around the bag. End at side of bag for color change to blue.

Rnd 17 – 24
Continuing with blue yarn, Hdc in ea st around the bag until last 2 sts. Sl St in last 2 sts of row to even out edge. Then Sl St around in next 2 sts (around side of bag to begin first strap).

Row 1 (First Front Strap)
Ch 1, Sc in same st, then Sc in next 4 sts.

Row 2
Ch 1, turn. Sc in ea st across. (5 Sc)
Repeat Row 2 until strap measures 4-1/2 inches long. FO.

Row 1 (Opposite Front Strap)
Now with same side facing, attach yarn to opposite side approx. 7 sts from side edge of bag. Attach with Sl St, Ch 1. Sc in same st, then Sc in next 4 sts. Check to make sure the straps are about the same distance from each side edge so they match each other.

Row 2
Ch 1, turn. Sc in ea st across. (5 Sc)
Repeat Row 2 until strap measures 4-1/2 inches long. FO.

Row 1 (Back Side Strap)
Attach yarn now to back side of bag at side edge to match where straps begin on front side. Attach yarn with a Sl St in approx. 2nd st from right edge. Ch 1, Sc in same st and then Sc in next 4 sts.

Row 2
Ch 1, turn. Sc in ea st across. (5 Sc)
Repeat Row 2 until strap measures 6 inches long. FO.

Row 1 (Opposite Back Strap)
Attach yarn with Sl St in approx. 7 st from left edge.
(Make sure position matches front strap edge.
Ch 1, Sc in same st, Sc in next 4 sts.

Row 2
Ch 1, turn, Sc in ea st. (5 Sc)
Repeat Row 2 until strap measures 6 inches long. FO.

Velcro Strap Version
Using 3 inch strips of Velcro, attach to overlapped straps to secure straps in place around walker, wheelchair or bed rails. Long strap in back goes over short strap in front.

Button Strap Version
Make straps only on back and make buttonholes at end of each strap as follows:
Work same as back side strap above until strap measures 5 inches long. Then Ch 1, turn.
Sc in 1st st, ch 2, sk 2 sts, then Sc in last 2 sts.

Next Row
Ch 1, turn. Sc in next 2 sts, Sc around opening ch for buttonhole, Sc in last 2 sts.

Next Row
Ch 1, turn. Sc in ea st across. (5 Sc) Finished strap length is approx. 6 inches long.
FO and weave ends under on inside of the bag.

Attach yarn in 7th st from opposite side edge and repeat back strap instructions above for other strap and buttonhole.
Sew buttons on at front under buttonholes.

If you have any questions or find discrepancies in this pattern, please email me using contact tab above.

Abbreviations:
Ch – Chain
Ea – Each
Dc – Double Crochet
Hdc – Half Double Crochet
Rnd – Round
Sc – Single Crochet
Sl St – Slip Stitch
Sk – Skip
St – Stitch

This pattern is copyrighted by Cindy of My Recycled Bags {dot com} and may only be used for private individual use. No commercial sales or use is permitted. Links to this pattern are acceptable. ©2007

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7 Responses to “Patriotic Walker – Wheelchair Tote Bag”

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  2. Czecho
    Oct 27, 2007

    Great idea, besides the recycle part, it’s a handy item for the person pushing the wheelchair.


  3. Catherine
    Sep 28, 2008

    Thank you for your great website. I will be back often.


  4. What a great project! Thanks for sharing the how-to’s. Thanks for joining the Patriotic Parade!
    have a safe and happy 4th!
    Linda


  5. Linda
    Mar 24, 2013

    Hi, I am fairly new to crocheting. I wanted to make the walker bag, but was wondering what you meant by ” just continue working Hdc’s in rounds as this creates a seamless bag.” Am I supposed to do HDC completely around the bag? I tried doing that, but the bag began to take a funny shape, so I tore it apart. What am I doing wrong? I would appreciate any help you can give me.

    Thank you.


  6. Cindy
    Mar 26, 2013

    @Linda – Yes you just continue working 1 HDC in each stitch around both sides of the starting chain. I will email you directly to provide more help to you.


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