10 Jun 2013
June 10, 2013

Sew a Bedside Caddy


caddy 1

Everything at your fingertips…books, magazines, glasses, and pencils. It’s all within reach with this stylish bedside caddy made with two fat quarters (or two ½ yards of coordinating fabrics). You can make the caddy to fit your needs with pockets just the right size. Feel free to change dimensions to suit you. This caddy measures 13” wide and 12” long.

You will need:  two coordinating fabrics, heavy weight interfacing, Coats and Clark Dual Duty XP Thread.

caddy 2

Take a few minutes to make a cutting layout for each fabric to eliminate waste and to be sure you have enough fabric if using fat quarters (18” x 22”). Quarter inch grid graph paper works well.

caddy 3

A rotary cutter makes quick work of cutting pattern pieces. Make paper pattern pieces using the dimensions given if you don’t have a rotary cutter.

From print fabric (main fabric):

Cut one: 13” x 14” for Front Panel

Cut one:   7” x 14” for Pocket 2

From stripe fabric (coordinating fabric):

Cut one:   9” x 14”  for Pocket 1

Cut one: 13” x 14” for Back Panel

From low loft batting:

Cut one: 12” x 14”  for Back Panel  (optional)

From heavy interfacing:

Cut one:  12” x 10”

caddy 4

Along the top edge of each pocket panel make a finished edge by folding under ¼” to the wrong side. Press. Fold again ¼” and press. This will create a nice smooth edge.

caddy 4.5

 Top stitch the finished edges on each pocket.

caddy 5

Place Pocket Panel  2 on top of Pocket Panel 1 matching sides and bottom edges.  Measure 5 inches from the left. Use a marking pencil or chalk to draw the stitch line from the top of Pocket Panel 2 to the bottom edge. This makes two pockets on this panel.  Desire more pockets? Add another stitch line.

caddy 6

Stitch from the top to the bottom of Pocket Panel 2. This will create two pockets. Brush away chalk marks.

caddy 7

Place the pocket panels on the front panel. With a ¼” seam allowance sew the sides and bottom of the pocket panels to the front panel.  This step will keep the pockets in place and eliminate “walking” when all the layers are sewn together.

caddy 8

With batting on the bottom, layer batting, pocket panels, and back panel with right sides together.  Pin sides and across the bottom.


Use a ¼” seam allowance and sew along the sides and bottom.  Clip corners and turn right side out.

caddy 10

We’re almost done.  Press the top edges to the inside at least ½ – inch.

caddy 11

Insert the heavy interfacing between the open edges along the top. Stitch in place ¼” from the edge. Stitch again close to the fabric edge.

Here it is; a stylish bedside caddy suitable for any age….

About the Author

Eizabeth Hill is a retired county extension agent who has taught countless 4-H’ers to sew. Elizabeth designs projects for Coats and Clark and she continues to share her love of sewing with youth in her church & community.

3 Responses to Sew a Bedside Caddy
  1. I am a county extension 4-H agent also. This is great. I have been planning to make me one of these to match my bedroom. I think these instructions will be great to teach in a youth or adult sewing workshop! Thanks for shaing.

  2. What a great idea! My question is… does the interfacing get placed between the mattress and box spring? And if so, is this enough to hold it in place once you put stuff in the pockets? Thank you for sharing!

  3. I made it longer and put a field on the end with a simple rod pocket. You do have to rearrange it when you change sheets


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