Friday, June 29, 2012

If You Dislocate a Hip...

My mom is not some decrepit old lady.  Despite that fact, she has had both knees and hips replaced in the last almost ten years.  She's pretty skilled when it comes to using a walker.  After one surgery, I think it was a hip, I made her what I call a walker bag.  Pretty much what it sounds like, a bag to hang from a walker and carry junk.  Walkers take two hands.
Anyway, my mom recently randomly dislocated her hip.  Way randomly, she was just doing her hair, she didn't fall or anything, it just dislocated.  (the funny part, if you can say that, is that it happened while she was visiting my sister, perhaps the least medical person ever)  Seeing as my mom is now back with a walker, I thought a new walker bag was in order.
Thankfully I don't have a walker for the full photo op, but I do have a banister. 
I used what I now know are called parachute buckles.  They are the little buckles on grocery cart seat belts.  It's what I used on her last bag and they are doing the job well, so why mess with it.  I made the straps adjustable in case she wants to cinch it up higher. 
I included two pockets this time.  One on the outside, one on the inside; both facing the same way so they are walker accessible. 
The bag is 13x10x4 and has a cardboard base insert for stability.

And what fun is there sending an empty bag?  We put together a few favorite candies, pictures of the kids, and I made her a new case for her ereader.  
My mom and I were both early adapters to the Barnes and Noble nook.  Seriously, it's love.  But it means our nooks are bigger than current models and, twist my arm, I have to make us cases.  I made my mom's last case like a purse, it was cute but not maybe as protective as it ought to be when in a walker bag.  So I solved that.
 Now, if you happen to be Jessica Tonnies, avert your eyes.  And if you happen to know Jessica, don't you dare tell her what I did.  She will disown me.
 A few years ago my Mom gave me a few of her old books. They were just hanging out in my basement, so Trixie Belden got a makeover. 
 I have this unreasonable fear of things falling so the nook pocket opens to the middle.  The whole thing is lined and backed with batting for extra protection.  I added the black elastic loop thing for closure.  When it's all bundled up, this nook is protected and secure. 
Now that she's all set up, again, my mom will be all set to show off at the orthopedists office, again.

linking up to tgiff and whoop, whoop

12 comments:

Ellie Q said...

I love what you did with the Trixie Belden book cover. I was a huge fan of those books growing up!

Foolish Feathers said...

What a neat idea of something to do with an old book! Can you tell how you attached it? I am trying to come up with something for my kindle reader. Thanks so much for sharing at TGIFF!

Missy Shay said...

What a great gift for your mother!

Pattilou said...

Thanks for the useful post. I've seen other walker bags, but I really like those parachute bag attachments. Thoughtful gifts inside too.

AlyceB said...

What a beautiful idea! I bet she loved it :)

Ginette said...

What a great idea!! Love the e-reader case!!

sewfrench.com said...

Great bag, perfect use for that fabric, which I love! My mom had a replacement hip and was constantly popping it out. Until they replaced it, it was defective.
Do tell, how you attached the book to the reader case! What a fun idea!

M-R said...

I LOVE Trixie Belden! What a great idea to repurpose that cover, Amanda. And your walker bag is awesome. Way to go!

Amanda said...

Thanks for the comments! Glad to know the Trixie Belden fans aren't out to get me now. And my really high tech means of attaching the fabric to the book cover...hot glue. I know, not all that high tech.

Sarah Craig said...

Amanda, that's an adorable walker bag, and the idea to repurpose the book cover is genius!! Whoop whoop!!

KatieQ said...

Thanks for sharing the idea about the parachute clips. I never would have thought of that. It's a great walker bag.

Gemma said...

What a great idea for a reader cover! Found your blog through TGIFF :) Will have to find some time to have a good look around :)