Thursday, February 16, 2017

Phone a Friend ~~ another small finish

sitting pretty but too short
A friend recently asked for a sewing favor. Her frail mother has fallen two or three times. In one particular fall, her phone flew several feet away, so she could't reach it and lay on the floor of her kitchen for two hours before a visitor found her. 

The idea was to make her a small bag that will hang across her body and hold her Jitterbug phone. The Jitterbug is a flip phone but has an emergency call button on the outside. 

Should she fall again, the cross-body bag will hold the phone close enought for her reach it, and she won't even have to take the phone out to make the call.

need perspective?

I've worked on this small bag a few times using Richard's flip phone as my model.  Last weekend I completed the bag and realized that it was much too long, so I cut it down. 

Velcro for easy access
 Of course I cut too much! Yes, I measured.  It happened anyway. So tonight I added some of cut off piece back to the bag. I decided to put the stripe fabric on the outside to add a little pizzazz. I consider it a work in progress, so I'll take it to work and have my friend try it on her mom this weekend. 

front of bag after all changes
back of bag after all modifications

My only concern is that if the bag is not quite the correct size, she'll just use it anyway. Such a sweet lady, my friend. It might be difficult to convince her to tell me if the bag needs any more adjustments. Of course, I have the safety issue to fall back on...if I need it.

Linking up with
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hand Quilts 

If this particular one doesn't work, I think it will be time to start with fresh fabric. Don't you?


Karen S said...

This is a smart idea. All the kids carry a phone in their pockets but oldies don't always have pockets. This is a great solution and it looks lovely, too.

Bonnie said...

Aren't you nice to do that. Yes, it makes a lot of sense to have a phone close by and not going flying off when desperately needed.

Mary at Fleur de Lis Quilts said...

Thanks ladies! My friend was thrilled to see the little phone bag. She seems to think that it is just about the right size. I'll find out on Monday.
I'm grateful that you both stopped by for a visit!

Anonymous said...

That's a great gift and it looks wonderful. Wonderful job!

Kaja said...

This is perfect - I bet your friend's mum will think so too. I could do with one of these. My family hear 'anyone seen my phone?' almost as much as 'anyone seen my glasses?'