This DIY bed pocket caddy is easy to make and is a great gift for a college student who is short on room in the dorm.
I was talking with my daughter about dorm rooms. I wanted to know what some of the "must haves" were for a new student. You see, my niece is going to the same university this fall, and I wanted to give her something special for graduation.
I decided on a beside caddy because as it turns out, she chose a single dorm room just like my daughter did freshman year. And, as you may imagine, a single dorm room is tiny so you need to be creative with your storage.
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How to Make a Bed Pocket Caddy
- 3/4 yard of the main fabric (print shown above)
- 1/2 yard of lining fabric (light blue in the pic above)
- coordinating thread
- basic sewing tools: machine, pins, scissors, measuring tape
Cutting the Fabric
- Cut out your fabric pieces. You will need 6 pieces in total.
- Two 26 in. by 14 in. pieces of the print.
- One piece measuring 14 in. by 10 in. of both fabrics for the large pocket.
- One piece measuring 9 in. by 8 in. for the smaller pocket.
Making the Pockets
Start by making the small pocket. Place right sides together and sew a seam all the way around leaving 2-3 inches open for turning.
Turn right-side out and press. Then top stitch the top of the pocket.
Pin the small pocket to the printed piece of the large pocket and stitch along the sides and bottom. Run an additional line of stitching about one-third of the way in from the edge, from the top of the pocket to the bottom, to create another pocket.
Assembling the Bed Pocket Caddy
Sew the large lining pocket piece to the large printed pocket with right sides together at the top. Flip over and press. Top stitch the top of the pocket.
Pin the pocket to one of the long main printed pieces with the lining side facing the right side of the main piece, at the bottom.
Pin the last long print piece to the one with the pocket, with right sides together.
Sew along the entire outer edge, leaving about a 3-4 inch opening for turning.
Turn right side out and press. Top stitch the edges on the sides above the pocket and the top.
I know these are great for students but I think I might like one too. Sometimes I have too many things on my nightstand. A book, a bottle of water, my glasses, earrings that I forgot to take out, the list goes on.