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Bed Pockets

By: Jill for Creating My Way to Success

Create these crafty bed pockets for a great do-it-yourself storage solution for the bedroom. Perfect for storing books, magazines, and other items, kids especially will enjoy using these unique storage containers to keep their rooms clean and their belongings safe.

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Materials:

  • Main fabric:85cm x 40cm
  • Top flap: 15cm x 40cm
  • Inside drawer magic grip: 20cm x 34cm
  • Stitch in velcro 10cm piece

Instructions:

  1. First you need to choose your fabric, and cut the materials according to above sizes

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  2. Take the top flat piece and make all 4 edges neat by double turning them and stitching

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  3. Then stitch one side of the velcro piece centrally and close to one edge

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  4. Next take your main fabric piece, double turn and stitch one of the shorter edges to neaten, then stitch on the other velcro piece centrally and 3cm down from the finished edge

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  5. Next fold the main piece of fabric right sides together to form the pocket. From the fold to the finished edge should be 28cm. Stitch both sides

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  6. Next you need to box out the corners of the pocket so you can fit lots of books in! To do this, reach your hand inside the pocket you just created and flatten out the corner with the seam in the middle

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  7. Make sure the seam is central on your fold, then stitch across the triangle fo the fold 4cm in from the point. It's worth doing a double row of stitching here for extra strength

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  8. Then snip off the triangle of corner just below the stitching, and repeat with the second corner

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  9. Now turn the pocket right side out. For the next part, I finished off the edge of the fabric that will sit under the mattress. This part will not be seen, but is worth doing to prevent fraying. Of course it depends on the type of fabric you have used as to whether it will fray...Just double turn the edges over and stitch

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  10. Next you need to attach the grip material. Just place this on the right side of the main fabric piece above the pocket

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  11. Pin in place and stitch around the edge. I found that I needed to firmly hold the fabric behind the needle as I sewed so the foot would move along the rubber grip

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  12. Finally you need to attach the top flap. Place this above the pocket, slightly below the line of stitching from the grip material on the other side. Then pin and stitch on

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  13. Now you are ready to put your pocket in place . Lift up the mattress and place the top piece of fabric with the grip material stitched on where you want it to hang on top of the bed base. Put the mattress back down, and fill with books!

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