Archive for Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Aunt Norie’s Sewing Room

May 28, 2008

I've just been asked, "Please put this in a column. There are several of us doing this, and who knows how many more."

Our veterans' hospitals are again filling up with our brave, young heroes coming home wounded and hurting, many of them for the rest of their life.

I am reminded, so often, of when several years ago my son Ernie Miller, a Vietnam veteran came in with, "Mom, can't you come up with some kind of a bag for a guy to hang on his crutch," adding, "I've seen guys with a small box duct-taped to their crutch to carry a can of pop."

I remember thinking it needed to stand up and out like a small paper sack. I'd been making some wheelchair and walker pockets for the VA hospital in Leavenworth, as were several other volunteers.

I soon came up with bags made from the bottom of jeans' legs. I cut the old hem off then cut off a section of the jeans' leg about 12 inches long, turn it wrong side out and move the old side seams to the center (not on top of each other - you will have to sew across them). Then I stitch across the bottom, flatten and fold the bottom seam on each end and sew across its pointed ends. Then when turned right side out, you can push those little pointed ends down into the bottom; they will help the bag you've just created stand up like a small paper sack. I then zigzag along the raw edges of the top, turn it down and stitch it making a one inch hem on top.

Sew ties to the top about 4-1/2 inches apart or the width of a crutch handgrip. When the bag is tied to the crutch, it will stand out and away from the crutch below your hand.

The finished product is so handy and can carry so much.

Heavy shoelaces or bootlaces make good ties, as does nylon cording if you have it.

I know there are so many volunteers out there doing so much and loving every minute of it.

"God Bless you,"

Aunt Norie P.O. Box 265 Tonganoxie KS 66086


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