How Bag Frustration Resulted in the Creation of Handie Totie Bagz

When I was a new mom, attempting to navigate the outside world with my baby, there were so many new stressors and logistics that I never saw coming.  Looking back, I remember two challenges like they were yesterday.  The first was constantly having to figure out how to safely balance a chubby baby on my left hip while also carrying a massive diaper bag on my shoulder, all while steering an unwieldy stroller.  Well-meaning people would come up and tell me to enjoy these years because they go by so quickly.  All I could do was force a strained smile in return.

The second challenge was finding the right pain remedy for my back. It was out-of-whack All. The. Time. New moms go from never having to carry anything heavier than their purse, to suddenly having to haul around an infant and all its artillery, usually while walking or standing at an exaggerated tilt, carefully crafted to balance everything she’s holding. I could tell, back then, that diaper bag manufacturers had never raised a newborn and had no empathy for new moms or their backs. Every bag they made was large enough to hold enough stuff for the average mom and her infant to survive inside Whole Foods during a zombie-apocalypse for a week, if necessary.

I didn’t need to bring the entire diaper bag in with me whenever I ran errands, but I did anyway.  My valuables were inside, scattered amongst sundry baby items, all of them difficult to find quickly. I only needed my wallet, my kid, some wet wipes, and a diaper. I would have loved to have had a second, mini-diaper bag about a third the weight and size of a regular diaper bag, that was big enough to fit the essentials so that I could leave the huge diaper bag with the ten diapers, teething toys, extra clothes, and all that other stuff either tucked in the bottom part the stroller or back in the car. One with a handle that could easily be configured to either hang off both stroller handles or transform into a crossbody strap. That bag would have been the bomb.

I filed this idea in the back of my brain until 15 years later, when I took my teenage daughter to the Texas-Mexican border. We were part of Operation Brownsville, a group of Americans who were providing meals for asylum seekers that were camping out on the Mexican side of the border while waiting for their asylum appointments within the US.

While we were sitting in the bus station in Brownsville, waiting for other Operation Brownsville members to arrive, one woman caught my attention. Her arms were flailing above her head as she was trying to access the bag hanging off the back of her wheelchair. She managed to obtain the bag and its contents but was then left holding it on her lap until her caregiver came back, in no mood to try to attempt the bag’s return by herself.

I looked closer and noticed that her bag was just an average, everyday tote bag. Also hanging off the back of her wheelchair was a run-of-the-mill backpack. I wondered if a bag existed that would have served her better, but she just didn’t know about it.  Wheelchair users should have a specific bag made for their needs, so they’re not stuck making do with backpacks and tote bags designed without wheelchair users in mind.  As I soon learned, there aren’t a lot of bags made for wheelchair users. Even though 1 in 4 Americans have a disability, the community is still underserved.

As I watched this woman and her caregiver get her belongings resituated, I started thinking about and designing a new bag that would accommodate both the woman and her caregiver.  She needed a bag that could be reconfigured so that it could hang in different locations on her chair. It needed to be easily accessible and small enough to hang from the arm but big enough that it could fit an iPad and other necessities. The straps needed to be configurable so they could lengthen or shorten, turn into two handles on each side to hang off both wheelchair handles or just one big crossbody strap. It needed large rings on both the top and bottom of the bag for the straps to snap onto easily. The rings on the bottom could be used for clipping and hanging other items, such as keys or pepper spray.  To prevent theft, one strap could attach to a bottom ring and serve as a safety strap to keep the bag securely attached to the chair.

Later that week, I was at a busy restaurant, and I saw a mom standing at a severe tilt with a monster sized diaper bag draped over her shoulder and her baby on her hip. She was trying to balance her food order in her free hand, her face a mask of intense concentration as she struggled to get it all safely back to her table without everything tumbling to the floor. A nearby stranger jumped up to help carry the food so she could make her way back more easily to her table, taking care not to bump people on the head with her huge diaper bag along the way.

Once again, I thought about a smaller more versatile bag. A smaller bag would have made her life so much easier; one big enough to carry her valuables but small enough to not give other diners concussions as she walked between tables.  She needed a bag that had a strap that could be configured to hang off both stroller handles but then be quickly reconfigured as a crossbody strap so that it could be used as a regular purse.

A few years later, while on my journey designing this versatile bag, I was in a restaurant, and I noticed a woman in an electric wheelchair sitting nearby. It had a tall headrest with no handles. Hanging off the back of the headrest was what looked like a regular purse. The handle of the purse was too long so a knot had been tied in it to shorten it, which had to have felt uncomfortable to the back of the chair occupant’s head. To keep the purse from getting stolen, a rope secured the purse to the chair. From what I could tell, there was no way for the woman to get to her purse, so she was completely reliant upon her caregiver to access its contents for her.

Unfortunately, my design was still in the prototype stage so giving her one of my bags was not an option. It would have solved so many of her bag’s issues though. The strap system can be shortened without the need for a knot. One of the straps could have clipped to a bottom ring and been used to not only secure the bag to the chair, but also serve as a way for her to pull the bag around to the front.  The flap would have made it impossible for pick-pocketers to easily reach in and grab the bag’s contents. She could have also configured the straps to hang the bag off the chair’s arm. With zippers on both sides of the bag rather than the top, the arm wouldn’t have gotten in the way when trying to access the bag’s interior. Plus, not to brag, but my bag looked way cooler than that purse.

Observations such as these, as well as my own experiences, were the inspiration behind the Handie Totie Bagz design. The multi-functionality of the bag and configurability of the Handie Totie Bagz handle, benefit anyone in any situation. Whether you’re a wheelchair or walker user, parent needing a smaller, more useful stroller bag, or just someone who likes its messenger bag look, this bag will add both style and convenience to your life.

Handie Totie Bagz Partners with Peace Development Fund for a Greater Cause

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Empowering Mobility, Supporting Change

At Handie Totie Bagz, we’ve always believed in the power of mobility and accessibility. Our mission is to make life easier for individuals who rely on wheelchairs and walkers by creating innovative, stylish, and functional bags that enhance their daily lives. Today, we are excited to announce a significant milestone in our journey—a fiscal partnership with the Peace Development Fund.

A Shared Commitment to Positive Change

Peace Development Fund is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting social justice and equity. Their work spans various causes, including human rights, environmental justice, and community empowerment. By joining forces with this esteemed non-profit, Handie Totie Bagz is taking a significant step towards promoting social change and inclusivity within our community.

Why This Partnership Matters

  1. Increased Impact: With Peace Development Fund’s support, we will be able to reach a broader audience and provide our innovative bags to even more individuals who rely on mobility aids. This partnership will amplify our impact and help us make a meaningful difference in people’s lives.
  2. Shared Values: Handie Totie Bagz and Peace Development Fund share a deep commitment to social justice and equity. By working together, we can leverage our resources and expertise to drive positive change in areas that matter most to us.
  3. Empowering Independence: Our bags are designed not only for convenience but also to promote independence and confidence. By collaborating with Peace Development Fund, we align our goals of empowering individuals to live their lives to the fullest.

What to Expect

As we embark on this exciting journey with Peace Development Fund, you can expect:

  • Expanded Product Range: We’ll continue to innovate and expand our product range to meet the unique needs of our customers better.
  • Community Initiatives: Look forward to community-focused initiatives and collaborations that aim to create a more inclusive society.
  • Greater Accessibility: With the support of our partner, we’ll strive to make our bags even more accessible to those who need them.

Join Us on this Journey

We invite all our customers, partners, and supporters to join us on this incredible journey of empowerment and change. Together with Peace Development Fund, we are excited to explore new horizons, break barriers, and make a lasting impact on the lives of individuals with mobility challenges.

Handie Totie Bagz is more than just a bag manufacturing company; it’s a community dedicated to enhancing the lives of those who use mobility aids. This partnership reinforces our commitment to this mission, and we can’t wait to see the positive changes it will bring.

Stay tuned for more updates as we embark on this remarkable partnership with Peace Development Fund. Together, we’ll create a more inclusive and accessible world.

Thank you for your continued support.


If you would like to foster a community of support and advocacy for the disabled. Your donations enable us to distribute free Handie Totie Bagz to those who need them.

Introducing Our Official Handie Totie Bagz: Designed for Style, Convenience, and Accessibility

Hello, Handie Totie Bagz Community!

We are thrilled to introduce you to the official Handie Totie Bagz – a game-changer in the world of mobility accessories! At Handie Totie Bagz, we have always believed that style, convenience, and accessibility should go hand in hand. With our new multi-functional, stylish bags designed exclusively for wheelchairs and walkers, we’re taking mobility aid accessories to the next level.

The Handie Totie Bagz Difference

Multi-Functional Design

Our bags are more than just storage solutions; they are your trusty companions on your mobility journey. Handie Totie Bagz are designed with a multi-functional approach. We understand that you need more than just a bag – you need a versatile companion that adapts to your unique needs.

Easy-Access Storage Compartments

Say goodbye to the frustration of digging through your bag to find what you need. Handie Totie Bagz feature multiple easy-access storage compartments, so your essentials are always within reach. Whether it’s your phone, keys, wallet, or medical supplies, you can keep everything neatly organized.

Patented Strap System

What sets our bags apart is our patented strap system. Designed with your comfort and convenience in mind, our straps are highly configurable, easy to secure, and compatible with most wheelchair and walker models. No more worries about your bag not attaching securely to your mobility device – our strap system ensures a secure fit.

Stylish and Fashion-Forward

Who says mobility accessories can’t be stylish? At Handie Totie Bagz, we believe that fashion is for everyone. That’s why our bags come in trendy colors and gorgeous designs with leather accents, allowing you to express your unique style while staying organized.

Versatility Meets Functionality

Whether you’re a student, a professional, an adventurer, or simply someone who values mobility and independence, our bags are designed to cater to your lifestyle. From the urban commuter to the outdoor enthusiast, Handie Totie Bagz offer the perfect blend of versatility and functionality.

Join the Handie Totie Bagz Community

We’re more than just a bag company; we’re a community dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals who rely on mobility aids. Join us on our journey to make mobility more accessible, stylish, and empowering.

Stay tuned for future blog posts where we’ll share tips on bag customization, customer stories, and behind-the-scenes insights into our design process. We’re excited to have you as part of our Handie Totie Bagz community!

Get Yours Today

Ready to experience the convenience and style of the official Handie Totie Bagz? Visit our online store and explore our selection of multi-functional bags designed exclusively for wheelchairs and walkers. Your journey to a more accessible and stylish lifestyle starts here.

Thank you for being a part of the Handie Totie Bagz family. Together, we’ll redefine mobility and empower individuals to live life to the fullest.

Welcome to Handie Totie Bagz Blog – Your Go-To Source for Mobility and Style

Dear Handie Totie Bagz Community,

Welcome to our blog! We are absolutely thrilled to have you join us on this exciting journey. Whether you are a valued customer, a fellow enthusiast of accessible and stylish mobility solutions, or someone just curious to learn more about us, this blog is your destination for all things Handie Totie Bagz.

Who We Are

Handie Totie Bagz is not just a company; it’s a passionate community of designers, creators, and advocates for improved mobility and accessibility. Our mission is simple yet powerful: to enhance the lives of individuals who rely on wheelchairs and walkers with innovative, functional, and fashionable bags.

What to Expect

Inspiration and Ideas

Our blog will be your source of inspiration and creativity. From our latest bag designs and product features to helpful tips on maintaining and customizing your Handie Totie Bagz, we’ll share ideas to help you make the most of your mobility aid accessories.

Community Stories

We believe in the power of storytelling. Our blog will feature stories of individuals who have found independence, style, and confidence with Handie Totie Bagz. Their experiences are a testament to the transformative impact of our products.

Industry Insights

Stay up-to-date with the latest trends and innovations in the mobility bag industry. We’ll explore topics like inclusive design, accessibility initiatives, and technological advancements that are shaping the future of mobility aids.

Customer Spotlights

We cherish our customers, and we want to celebrate your creativity and uniqueness. Look out for our customer spotlights where we showcase your Handie Totie Bagz designs and share your experiences.

Thank You for Being Here

As we embark on this blogging journey, we want to extend our deepest gratitude to each and every one of you. Your support has allowed us to grow and continue our mission of making mobility accessible, stylish, and empowering.

We’re excited to share our knowledge, stories, and creativity with you through this blog. Let’s make the world a more accessible and inclusive place together.

Welcome to Handie Totie Bagz Blog – where mobility meets style, and where every journey is made more accessible.