New Walker Grips (aka Seat Belt Covers)

003 My mom has been using a walker for some time now, and those grips are anything but kind to her hands.  She discovered a while back that she could purchase seat belt covers to put over the grips, and they work pretty well, but they are fairly expensive–because she always has to buy a pack of two.  And some of them aren’t all that soft.  So, being a problem solver, I decided to make my own.   You can make your own too!

1.  For each grip:  cut 2- 10 inch square (one outer, one inner) and a 10 inch square of batting.  I used minkee for the outside of the grip, and cotton for the inside.

2.  Layer them with the two fabric pieces right sides together and set on top of the batting square.

3.  Sew all the way around the outer edge using a 5/8 inch seam, leaving a 2 inch opening in the center of one side.

4.  Clip the corners a little to reduce bulk.  Turn inside out, and slip stitch the opening closed.  Finger press the edges a little to keep the grips from being puffy.

5.  Add an 8 1/2 inch piece of hook and loop tape.  I put the hook on the minkee side and the loop on the interior side   Pin in place about 3/8 inches from the edge of the grip.  Before sewing down, fold the material over to make sure that you are applying the hook and loop tape so that your cover will make a continuous tube.

6.  Sew down the hook and loop tape.

Voila!  New walker grips–or seatbelt covers.  Your choice.


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