20 May

Here are directions to make a bedside pocket for a Father’s Day gift.

It looks like this, with a big pocket for a book or personal electronics and smaller pockets for pen and paper or eyeglasses or cell phone. You can adjust the size of the pockets based on what kinds of things it will be used to hold.

It goes in between the mattress and box spring like this.

You will need:

Sturdy fabric and thread to match or contrast. (Don’t use knit or stretch fabric)

Sewing machine and tools including –

    Measuring tape



Cut or tear a piece of fabric 24″x10″. (61cm x 25 1/2cm)

Next cut a pocket 9″ by 10″ (23cm x 25 1/2cm) and a smaller pocket piece 7″ x 10″ (17 1/2cm x 25 1/2 cm)

Press under 1/2 ” (1 1/4cm) on the longer side of the pocket pieces.

Then fold over and press another inch, (2 1/2cm).

Sew across this folded edge. I used contrasting thread and a zigzag stitch for decoration.

Repeat for the smaller pocket.

Pin or baste the smaller pocket on top of the larger one, keeping the bottom edges even.

The next photo shows chalk marks to divide the small pocket into sections. Leave 1/2″ (1 1/4cm) for seam allowance and then measure over 2″ (5cm) more from the left side and mark the small pocket from top folded edge to bottom. Make another mark 2′ (5cm) more to make another pen section and notepad section.

Sew along chalk lines reinforcing stitches at the top edge.

Place the pocket pieces on top of one end of the long fabric piece, keeping the right sides of fabric facing each other. Sew around the three outer edges in a 1/2″ (1 1/4cm) seam. Reinforce and trim the corners.

Pink or seam the other end of the long piece. Fold it over, right sides facing and press at 9 1/2″ (24cm). Sew a 1/2″ (1 1/4cm) seam at the raw edges. It will overlap the pockets.  Reinforce and trim the corners.

Turn it all right side out.

Press as needed .Brush off the chalk marks and fill with a new pen, etc.  Have fun and let me know how it goes for you.

See also how to make a crown or seatbelt strap cover

© 2011 Jeanne Litt, All rights reserved.


Posted by on May 20, 2011 in How to, Making Lei


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5 responses to “FATHER’S DAY GIFTS TO MAKE — A Bedside Pocket

  1. Jen C.

    May 22, 2011 at 2:23 am

    This is actually pretty cool! I think I will make one for Jason for Father’s day since he might find it useful to hold things on the side of the bed. I might even make one for myself! It might also work for the living room too since we always misplace the remote for the tv. Thanks for the great idea!

  2. Petty Witter

    May 24, 2011 at 6:03 am

    Not just for fathers – I could really do with one of these.

    • purplume

      July 2, 2011 at 7:19 am

      That is a great idea Jen! XD
      Ya, Petty ahd Holly XD

  3. Holly

    June 4, 2011 at 11:04 am

    Great idea to free up nightstand clutter!


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