The Crutch Bag Project – Attaching The Straps

Now all I need to do is attach the straps to the bag!

This next decision was one I mulled over a while.  Since I’m going to put the straps into the seam and then bind the edges with bias tape (oh…forgot to tell you that I made that decision) I want to trim down this seam allowance from 1/2″ to 1/4″.  I’m just eye-balling it, trying to center my scissors in the middle.

Then I sew on all of the straps.

Two sets of the hook and loop straps are sewn into the side seams at the point where the sides curve (just a little above the curve).And the other two sets I sew about 2 inches down from the top edge…I stitch over the raw edge on the long straps that will go around the crutch handle…And look through my collection of ancient hardware (Grandma Noll) to find these very Bari J. inspired jewel encrusted antique belt loop buckles!  How Fun!I weave the straps through the buckles, around the crutch handles and back down through the buckles again and…OH my Gosh!!! I am almost finished with my crutch bag!Just need to attach the bias binding and figure out the top opening…the bag even holds water!  Whoo Hoo!

Stay tuned!

~Cathy

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6 responses to “The Crutch Bag Project – Attaching The Straps

  1. I love it. I will definitely make one if I ever need to use crutches.

    • stitchinstein

      Yay! But let’s hope you won’t need them! I’ll be posting the finish later today…it is so cute!

  2. WOW… so much more character than a plain old black purchased one!
    I’m quite pleased with the results. It looks good.
    As for the Christmas quilt, it looks great just there in the process of being quilted. Never mind the space it has to take up. Quite a conversation piece. Most of the quilters I’ve ever seen do have their frames set up in the largest room in the house… the living room. Are you going to do the free motion thing you did on the bag?

    • stitchinstein

      BINGO! I am doing the free motion meandering in the middle. So far so good. I’m a little off but the more I do the better I get and the quilt is looking good! It is going much much faster than hand quilting!! I think it will be awesome if I can get this quilted THIS week and then bound next week. It will be nice to have it finished and out of my sewing room. It is so big it just takes up too much room in there! And it will be nice to snuggle in when I have to sleep on the hide-a-bed (not wanting to tackle the stairs after surgery).

  3. Would love the pattern for this. My group does tons of stuff for the Vets who come home, or become, disabled or need items for comfort. This would be a perfect fit for us!

    Let me know?
    Blessings,
    Donna

    • stitchinstein

      Hi Donna,
      Thank you for the comments. That is wonderful that you are helping the Veterans, our hearts go out to all who have served! How shall I send it to you and let me know if you need detailed instructions of if following the blog posts is enough.

      ~Cathy

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