January 11, 2017

Remote control couch caddy/holder


One of my friends asked me to make a remote control caddy for her. That motivated me to look around what people were making and what kind of a design would be good. After looking around on the interwebs, I came up with this design of my own. Sorry I don’t have a pictorial tutorial – but I promise that it’s so easy that you wouldn’t need one.

What you need:

  • 1 yard of fabric (if you want to add contrast then you can take two pieces of half yard of fabric)
  • Fusible fleece – 17” x 36”
  • Thread, scissors, rotary cutter and cutting mat (you can omit the last two if you want to cut the fabric using scissors); and of course a sewing machine

How to make remote control holder:

  1. Cut the fabric into two pieces – each measuring 36” X 17”.
  2. Iron the fusible fleece to the wrong side of one of the pieces (whichever you want to be the front).
  3. Now you have one fabric with fusible fleece and one plain fabric piece.
  4. Take the two fabrics, align them right sides together and stitch all around at a 1/4” (or 1/2” if you prefer) seam. Leave a small opening – around 4 inches wide – one one of the short sides.
  5. Now turn the stitched piece inside out using the opening. Iron the stitched piece so that the edges are crisp and fold in the fabric on the opening so that you can stitch it in the next step.
  6. Topstitch 1/8” the short side that does not have the opening.
  7. Take the short side (the one that does not have the opening) fold it 6” inwards. This will form the pocket. Pin it.
  8. Topstitch 1/8” all around the edges. Now you should have a big pocket.
  9. Make a mark 4” from the side of the pocket, on the pocket. On both the sides.
  10. Stitch vertically on the 4” mark from the bottom of the pocket to the top of the pocket. On both the sides. I drew a line first so that my stitching is straight. You now have 3 pockets!
  11. If you chose two different pieces of fabric, then the fabric of your pocket will be different from the front fabric. So pick fabrics that you like together.