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« on: September 13, 2019 01:30:07 PM »

The crutch clutch:  A small purse/pocket that attaches to full arm crutches, freeing the hands from holding items while using the crutches.  The interior is lined, and the exterior has a pocket.  To keep the crutch clutch from flopping about, there is a band securing it across the back.  

This helps people who rely on crutches by providing a place for keys, cell phone, wallet, etc.  



Tutorial - 1/4" seam allowance on all pieces.  RST = right sides together.  RSO = right side out.

Materials:  Preshrink and iron all pieces before cutting and sewing.
  Outer-- 2 pieces of fabric 7" wide x 10" long.  
  Lining-- 2 pieces 7" wide x 10" long.  
  Top straps-- 4 pieces 9" long x 1.5" wide
  Tab closure-- 2 pieces 4" long x 1.5" wide.  
  Velcro-- 3/4" wide-- 3 hook, 3 loop pieces 1" long.  
  *Optional interfacing-- 2 pieces 7" x 10"; plus 2 strap pieces 9" x 1.5"; plus 4" x 1.5" for tab

External pocket -- 1 outer piece 7" x 7"; 1 inner/facing piece 7" x 7"
  *Optional interfacing -- 7" x 7"
  *Optional trim, ricrac, cording -- 7" length

Shoelaces, ribbon, or fabric-- to keep the crutch clutch from flopping around.  (There are two options for this: Side ties using long strips/laces, or a fabric channel with elastic going across the back that is sewn into the sides.)
    If using side ties: 2 - 17" shoelaces/grosgrain ribbon folded in half..  These will be sewn to the outer front piece, right side, facing inward, 3" down from the top edge of the fabric, one on each side.
    If using a piece across the back:  2 - 10" x 2" rectangles.  RST, sew the two long sides.  Trim and clip edges.  Turn RSO; press; sew a seam down the center of the length.  This forms your two elastic channels.  Feed 1/4" wide elastic through a channel with a safety pin. Repeat with the second channel.  Sew the ends of the elastic at one end only, and sew the channels closed at that end.  Adjust the elastics and gather/stretch to desired tension (est. 9 inches of unstretched elastic).  Sew into place and close this end with a secure stitch.  Press and set aside.  This should hold the crutch clutch to the crutch without bunching or restricting the clutch's function.  

Pocket
If using trim or cording, pin in place and sew to the outer piece.  Place the outer and the facing pieces RST.  Sew across the top edge, being careful of the cording/trim.  Turn RSO and press.  Cording should stick upward from the seam.  Topstitch close to the cording.  Put pocket on top of the outer front piece (pocket-facing against front outer/right side).  Match up the bottoms and align the sides.  Sew in place.
RST pin the front lining piece to the front outer piece with the pocket.  Sew across the top.  Open and press.

Straps and Tab
Place 2 strap pieces RST; sew both long sides and one short side.  Trim edges, clip corners.  Turn RSO and press.  Repeat with the remaining two strap pieces.
Repeat also with the two tab pieces.  Set aside.

Grab your large outer piece that will be the back side of the clutch (resting against the crutch).  On the right side, mark the midpoint of the top width.  Then mark two inches from the midpoint, in both directions.  There should be 3 dots - two 4" apart and one in the center.  This shows where the strap pieces (and tab) will be sewn.  
Position the straps against the right side of the fabric, with the strap edge outside of the outer dots, and with the unsewn strap edge against the upper edge of the clutch fabric.  There should be 4 inches between the straps.   Pin and sew in place.



Fold the tab in half lengthwise to find its midpoint on the unsewn short edge.  Center the tab on the outer back piece, RST, matching the midpoints.  The tab should face downward.  Sew in place.  

BACK - Outer piece and lining, RST.  Sew together across the top, making sure that the tab and straps are extended.  Press open.  Position the elastic channel piece on the back outer piece.  This should be halfway down, about 3-4" from the top seam, and should rest slightly above the crutch's narrowing.  Sew one end of the channel to the right side of the back.  Stretch the channel directly across the width of the back piece, pin in place, and sew.  The outer back piece should resemble this:
 

FRONT TO BACK - Place the front (outer and lining) and back (outer and lining) RST, and pin in place.  The elastic area will look bunched.  Sew around all four sides, with attention to the elastic areas.  Leave an opening on the lining side for turning RSO.  Turn RSO.  Fold the turnhole seams inward and sew the hole closed.  Tuck the lining into the clutch.  Iron and topstitch.

Velcro
Sew the hook pieces to the ends of the straps and the tab.  Put a softer loop piece on the bag front--  in the center above the pocket for the tab, an inch down from the upper edge of the clutch.  Sew in place.
The other two are sewn directly across from the clutch straps, 2" from the midpoint.  Decide if you want the loop patch on the outer front (visible) or on the lining (as in the photo).  Position them slightly below the top seam and sew in place.

Slip the bottom of the crutch in between the clutch and its backside elastic band.  Pull upward until the crutch clutch is slightly below the handle.  Wrap the straps around the crutch sides, matching up the hooks and loops.  Pinch the hook-and-loop tabs together.  

I hope this made sense.


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« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2019 07:21:19 AM »

This is probably the handiest thing ever for someone on crutches! Thanks for sharing your how-to!
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« Reply #2 on: September 17, 2019 05:22:28 PM »

That is incredibly handy for sure, great idea!
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« Reply #3 on: September 18, 2019 10:59:36 AM »

What a clever idea!
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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2019 02:14:54 PM »

Congrats! This has been chosen as a Featured Project! Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2019 03:46:17 AM »

Thank you all, very much!  I'm sorry the tutorial is so long winded; it isn't as complex as my tutorial makes it seem.

Having this chosen as a featured project is quite an honor.  Thank you rackycoo!
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