Wheelchair Coat Pattern


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When Becca was very little, I got frustrated every winter trying to keep her warm in her wheelchair. Other Moms I knew bought nice coats for their kids and then put them on backwards to avoid having to adjust straps and restraints back and forth. It’s a lot like what happens with a child in a carseat during the wintertime if your carseat was expected to go inside with them, too. If you adjust the straps for the child while wearing a coat, you have to adjust them back while they’re inside, not wearing their coat. I knew there had to be a better way!

Instead of a coat, tucking blankets in around her worked really well except for her head and neck. With a coat on backwards, I was still wrapping her legs in blankets. I was adding so many pieces to keep her warm and things would get lost at school since I was counting on teachers and aides to dress and undress my child for the weather; hats, scarves, multiple blankets, etc. I liked tucking her in, but I needed to keep her head and neck warm. When we went somewhere in the car, we would have to sit her in her wheelchair out in the weather, buckle her in and then put her coat back on over the buckles. I hated those moments of freezing cold or snow or rain falling on her before her coat could be put back on.

At first, I called them wheelchair capes as our kids are definitely super heroes in their own right. The first one I did was two layers of fleece and had awkward seams around the face, but it worked great and kept her warm! Teachers loved the ease of throwing it over the top of her buckles and straps and tucking her in. I loved that it was easy to wash, didn’t get caught in her wheels like blankets did AND it was super cute! People would come up to ask about the coat and Becca would smile at the attention. And she could sit in her chair outside all covered up as we reached in and buckled her up.

As time went on, I came up with a way to sew things together around the hood so that the seams looked nice and finished. It took lots of trial and error and I used to forget how I’d done it from one coat to the next. I starting sewing them for friends and even put them up online for a while. Every coat was different and had different challenges. I would work so hard on a coat and then never hear back if it worked out for them. No news is good news, I guess, and I hope they fit and did their jobs well.

I have been wanting to share my pattern for a while now. I wanted to share my tips and tricks so that people could make their own coats. So many family members want to help and don’t know how. I just can’t sew a wheelchair coat for every man, woman and child who needs one all by myself! I was worried about how I was going to explain my neat trick for enclosing all of the seams. But it was teaching sewing… something that comes naturally to me. As soon as the camera was rolling, there were no nerves, just explaining something I thought was cool to someone else who needed to know.

I am SO excited to start answering questions and helping people sew wheelchair coats for their loved ones! I am thrilled that this will mean more snuggly warmth in the world. And I hope, now that there are several great social media platforms, that I will get to see some of the coats that are created and share in the joy.

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Denise Totes Ma Goats

I named this bag with a phrase that describes how I feel about my Sister-in-Law, Denise. 🙂 When her name comes up on my caller ID, I’m excited to answer. I love talking to her. She is strong and adventurous and I admire her very much.

I have been wanting to try a sized up Ethel for a while now. Ethel is such an elegant pattern. Simple and beautiful. I knew she would be great if she could hold even more stuff! I sized the pattern up by 130% and I was not disappointed. We are talking Michelle Pfieffer in One Fine Day; everything you could possibly need at your fingertips. I specifically wanted to be able to fit a 3 ring binder in this bag comfortably and it does.

Buy the Denise Totes Ma Goats tote now!

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Alice the Tote Bag has Two Straps

I’ve been saving a small stack of farm themed fabric to make something special for my Mom. Before I cut into it, I wanted to try a Swoon Alice on for size. I found this pretty combination of a soft gray and mauve with the Eiffel Tower and flowers. The mauve lining is some terrific, heavier fabric I have used dozens of times in different projects. This marks the last time I’ll get to use it. It’s very soft for how sturdy it is and I’ll miss it now that it’s gone. The bag turned out terrific and I love the bigger size and straighter sides for a nice, big tote.

Update: I donated this bag to be raffled off at my daughter’s special needs school fundraiser.

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Jumeaux (Twins)

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I loved how my first twin bags turned out and so I had to do it again! I’ve been saving this Paris fabric for the perfect project.

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These bags are true mirror images of each other. The outside of one bag is the other bag’s lining and vice versa.

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I added hardware to the handles. It gives it a twinkle and lets the handles lay down flat to the sides when you’re rummaging for your keys. And speaking of keys, how about a matching key fob to go with? Yes, si vous plait!

Update: My friend bought these matching bags for her daughter and her BFF.

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Dairy Maid

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Here she is!

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I have been saving this fabric for just the right project. I am so pleased with my Dairy Maid Alice. Not only is the lining made from fabric that looks like the coveralls my Grandpa used to wear, but the handles are fabric from my Grandma’s stash. My Mom inherited a box of fabric from her Mom and she shared a little bit of it with me and each of my sisters. It is so precious to me.

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The surprise pocket in this one has chickens in it, not just because it goes with the farm theme, but my Mom loves this fun lip balm called Chicken Poop. Now she has a pocket especially for it.

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This bag is very nostalgic and the perfect gift for my Mom for Mother’s Day!

P.S. It was a hit.

Not for sale.

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