Tote Bag Pattern Ideas

Our church ministers to residents of a nearby nursing home. We are looking for a pattern for a tote bag with compartments that can be placed between the box springs and mattress.


Betty from Mesa, AZ

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August 14, 20070 found this helpful

I'm not sure what you want. A tote bag to carry or an organizer to place between the mattress & springs for the residents to use? For the organizer, decide what size pockets they need (the size of puzzle books, paper backs, remote, their bible, glasses, writing tablet, pencils, etc.). Sew the pocket and leave about 8 inches at the top. Put a pocket across the top to slide a dowel rod in. The dowel rod can be inserted between the mattress and springs and let the pockets hang down the sides within reach of the residents. The pockets can be in a strip or you can make several different sizes so the organizer can be customized for each individual. They can also be slid off the dowel rod and laundered. These are handy for anyone confined to bed for any length of time.

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August 15, 20070 found this helpful

You can make two pocket type holders and attach them to a strip of material that runs the width of your mattress. Remove the mattress and place this on the box spring.


There was a wonderful pattern for this in Family Fun magazine a while back. They have a website, perhaps you could find it there.

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August 15, 20070 found this helpful

Or are you looking for the cute ones I've seen that attach to a walker so they can carry things with them without using their hands?

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August 15, 20070 found this helpful

I took some quilted fabric (bargain table at fabric store). Use quilt binding for a neat edge. Make pockets to fit remotes, cell phone, pens or note pad etc. One larger pocket could be for a magazine ot TV schedule. I used peel & stick velcro to attach ... Put one side on the box spring or even on the bed skirt. Match the other side to the back of the pocket holder. If you use a flat pice of quilted fabric with the pockets attached it will hang down beside the bed within easy reach with no bulges.

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By kitty (Guest Post)
September 27, 20070 found this helpful

Use two placemats: Fold one almost in half (3/4) and sew this to the other placement. Now you have two pockets, sew vertical strips to create pockets for glasses,tissues etc.


The long end of the placemat gets tucked between the mattress and box springs. Hope this makes sense to you.

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November 18, 20070 found this helpful

This website has tons of patterns for things such as walker totes, bed organizers, etc. I hope it helps others as it helps me alot!

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February 10, 20080 found this helpful

Can I get a denim school bag pattern roughly 1 foot tall and 9 inches wide?

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