~Joanne Banko, Brother Sews Ambassador Create a beautiful custom bed caddy using your Brother sewing machine and a few Brother accessories. Quilt your own fabrics for a lightly padded finish that will match your décor and unique style. This handy craft will help organize bedside items you reach for on a regular basis. Pick some pretty fabrics, gather up your tools, and prepare to tackle this easy sewing project. You’ll learn more about the use of several optional accessory feet featured in these instructions. Are you ready? Let’s go sew!
Materials and Supplies:
sewing machine with basic built-in stitches.
Roller Foot for attaching gripper material to bed caddy.
- Additional accessory feet for this project, optional but very helpful:
Edge Joining Foot
Stitch Guide Foot
- Basic notions, including thread to match or blend with fabrics and a removable marker. I recommend a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler for cutting fabric pieces.
- Materials for bed caddy, including fabric, thin fusible craft fleece, and gripper material:
- Cut one piece of quilt weight cotton measuring 15-inches wide X 26-inches long for base of bed caddy. Fuse thin craft fleece to wrong side.
- Cut one piece of quilt weight cotton measuring 15-inches wide X 11-inches long for large pocket. Fuse thin craft fleece to wrong side.
- Cut one piece of quilt weight cotton measuring 15-inches wide X 14-inches long for small folded pocket. Note: Fold pocket piece in half lengthwise and press to form a fold line. Next, fuse thin craft fleece measuring 15-inches wide X 7-inches long to wrong side, matching fleece with fold line and raw edges on half the piece.
- Cut one piece of quilt weight cotton measuring 15-inches wide X 26-inches long for bed caddy lining.
- Cut one piece of quilt weight cotton measuring 15-inches wide X 11-inches long for large pocket lining.
- Cut one piece of quilt weight cotton measuring 15-inches wide X 2-inches long for large pocket trim.
- Cut one piece of non-slip “gripper” material measuring 13-inches wide X 9-inches long for top edge.
Roller Foot – The non-stick and roller capabilities on this foot are ideal for stitching “sticky” materials such as the gripper material on the top edge of the bed caddy. In this project you’ll see that I also used the roller foot to quilt single layers of fabric with thin fleece. Note that there are other feet better suited for quilting thicker layers.
Stitch Guide Foot – Marked lines on this foot allow for consistent stitching of seamlines in a wide range of widths.
Quilting Guide – The quilting guide fits snugly into the small hole found in the back of the presser foot holder so it can be used with any foot you choose. Simply slide the guide a measured distance from the needle and line up the guide with a previous line of stitching for consistent and evenly spaced lines of stitching.
Finished bed caddy measures approximately 14-inches wide X 25-inches long. Please read through all instructions before beginning this project. Basic steps for creating bed caddy:
- Add fusible fleece to caddy pieces.
- Add trim, then quilt caddy base and pocket pieces.
- Layer pieces and add lining.
- Attach gripper material to top edge to finish. Note: This piece helps keep the caddy from moving when placed between the mattress and box springs.
- Attach stitch guide foot. Layer 15-inch wide X 2-inch long strip along top edge of large pocket, with right sides together, placing it a scant 1-inch from top raw edge. See Figure #2a.
- Sew strip to top edge using a 1/2-inch seam allowance, following a specific line on the foot. See line spaced ½-inch from needle position in Figure #2b.
- Flip strip so right side faces up and press toward top edge.
- Bed caddy base piece, right side facing up.
- Large pocket, right side facing up.
- Folded pocket, right side facing up.
- Bed caddy lining, wrong side facing up.