How To: Bedside Gadget Caddy and Stuff Organiser

Make a bedside gadget caddy and stuff holder to organize your bedroom space
I’ve had this Bedside Organiser on my To Do list for well over a year. I don’t know what took me so long because it’s awesome and has made my space so much more pleasant to be in. I’m not a very organised person and can sort of ignore a moderate amount of mess, but after a while it gets me down, so it was time to do something about it. This Bedside Gadget Caddy is designed to hold everything that I like to keep on hand so I’ve designed it to suit my needs. Originally (last year) I was just going to make a pocket for my iPad but I’m quite happy that I waited and made a caddy to hold everything, as you can see from the picture below, I really had to sort out the clutter situation.
Bedside mess You can use my exact pattern or adjust it slightly to fit your space and gadget holding requirements.
The fabric I’ve used for this project was bought in Japan as a precut a few years ago so I don’t know where it can be found locally (sorry), but I’m sure you can find similar quilted fabrics, or maybe quilt some yourself.
Here I am in Fabric Town (a suburb of Tokyo) looking through all the gorgeous pre-quilted fabrics.
Shopping in fabric town tokyo japan
I’ve been saving this piece for the perfect project, now I get to enjoy it every day.
The measurements of he original fabric piece (full width x 20″) dictated the size of the caddy, I used every piece as I didn’t want to waste any. You can adjust the width if you have a smaller piece of quilted fabric.
Sorry all the measurements are in inches because it was just easier.

You will need:

Bed side caddy supplies
20″ (42″ Min width) Double sided pre-quilted cotton (Denim or heavy weight upholstery fabric will do in a pinch) See cutting guide below for actual piece sizes.
112″ (285cm) x 1″ wide Bias tape, twill tape or ribbon folded and ironed lengthways (get a little more just in case). I used bias binding that I had on hand.
20″ x 20″ Old blanket or towel (anything textured or grippy will do)
General sewing supplies

How to:

I’ve broken the instructions up into a few stages to make it easier to follow

Cutting

Cut fabric pieces as follows:
Blanket 20″ x 20″
From Quilted fabric
Piece A 20″ x 25″
Piece B 20″ x 10.5″
Piece C 20″ x 6″
fabric cutting guide

Assembly

Here is an overview if how the layers will fit together
Layer assembly diagram
Binding raw edges:
Pin and sew your chosen binding onto the top edge of pieces B and C.
Attach binding to edge
Make sure your stitches catch both the front and the back of your binding.
Sew binding catching back edge
To create pocket unit:
Lay piece C over B and sew a seam 5″ across (one quarter of the distance) to create small pockets on piece C. (see image)
Assembly step 2
Make sure you reinforce the top end of the seam by going back and forth a few times.
Making pocket
Mark the center of piece A and then lay pocket unit face down with the bottom of the pockets lining up with the center of piece A. Sew a 1/2″ seam as marked.
Assembly step 3
sew 1/2" seam
Flip pocket unit over – it should look like this.
flip pocket unit
Stitch over piece B and C in the center to create large pockets. (see image)
Make large pocket
Lay flat and trim any excess from edges
trim
Add binding to both sides of piece A including the pocket panel too.
bind edges
bind edges 2

Attaching Blanket Piece

The diagram below shows how the blanket piece will attach to the pocket section.
attaching blanket diag
With piece A facing down, pin blanket piece to wrong side.
attaching blanket
Fold piece A over and sandwich the blanket in between with about 1″ overlap.
attaching blanket
With a wide zig zag stitch, sew over the edge of the quilted fabric catching the front and the back, as well as the blanket piece.
sew with zig zag stitch
It should look like this
bed caddy assembly
This part is optional.
If you would like to neaten the look of the zig zag seam, you can cover it with some of your binding trim and top stitch in place.
step-15
Your bedside caddy is now ready!
Finished bedside caddy flat

How to use

Slip the blanket section between the mattress and base, if you tuck it in properly you shouldn’t see the blanket at all. My mattress is really heavy so it can hold quite a bit of weight in the pockets without slipping.
Bed side caddy and gadget pocket holder
As you can see I have created pockets for all my gadgets and clutter. I have spots for remote controls, my iPad, large headphones and books, as well as all the little bits and pieces like specs and ear buds.
I also have a hidden large pocket that I can use to slide larger items in if required like a laptop, newspaper or magazine. Side pocket in bedside caddy
What a difference it makes! No more tripping over clutter or knocking stuff off my bedside table in the middle of the night.
Bedside caddy after
Bedside stuff holder to tidy up bedroom clutter. Pattern and instructions
This bedside caddy would also be great in a kids room to hold books and toys, in a nursery for nappy changing needs or if you like to craft in bed, you can use it to hold projects safely out of the way.
Once you make one you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it!

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