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 DIY Bed Pocket Caddy because as it turns out, she chose a singe 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.
DIY Bed Pocket Caddy
When my oldest went off to college we bought her a bed caddy, but I thought it would be nice to make one with pretty fabric. Of course, we will be giving her a nice envelope of cash, but I always like to add something a little personal to my gifts. Especially for a close family member like my niece who also happens to be my husband’s goddaughter.
I used left over fabric from my DIY Roman Shade post, but if you want to go out and purchase some ,you will need:
1/2 yard of the main fabric (print shown above)
1/4 yard of liner fabric (light blue in pic above)
basic sewing tools: machine, pins, scissors, measuring tape
Cut out your fabric pieces. You will need 6 pieces total.
Two 26 in. by 11 in.h 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.
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.
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. Sometime I have too many things on my night stand. A book, a bottle of water, my glasses, earrings that I forgot to take out, the list goes on.
Now that I’ve made this lovely diy bed pocket caddy, I just might have to make a couple more.