I'm nuts. Totally nuts about making things better, prettier, tidier at home. I paint furniture, reupholser sofas, make decorations, sew, staple, glue, redo and remake. It never ends.
Lately I started to get irritated by the way my daughter collects things in her bed. Do your kids' beds look the same way?
My girl needs to keep all her favourite things (since recently including books as well, which makes me soooo happy!!!) close as she sleeps, leaving less and less space for her own head. It definitely needed fixing, so I have made her an organiser for all her bed inhabitants.
My piece is 70 cm long and 23 cm high, with 4 pockets 16, 16, 24 and 14 cm wide and 15 cm high. This bed (Ikea) has quite low sides, so if yours have higher sides the panel should be higer in order to be easily mounted under the mattress.
We are going to need:
- 2 pieces of 70 x 24 cm fabric for the panel
- 2 pieces of 25 x 15 cm fabric for pockets
- 1 piece of 33 x 15 cm fabric for large pocket
- 1 piece of 23 x 15 cm fabric for small pocket
- 1 piece of 100 x 15 cm fabric for lining of the pockets
- wadding for the panel and the pockets
- ca. 2.2 m of bias binding
- 4 pieces of ca. 70-80 cm of spaghetti/tasiemki
1. Sew the front sides of the pockets together, using 1 cm seam allowance:
2. Iron the seam allowances and put the front of the pockets on the lining, putting the wadding in between:
3. Pin it all toghether on the top edge:
4. Sew the binding to the top of the pockets. You can either do it the RIGHT way, first on the back and then on the front or the LAZY way: at one approach. Whenever I use the latter it takes a whole lot of more time due to 50 corrections needed, so I don't recommend it :)
And we have our pockets ready:
5. Then put the panel pieces on the wadding, right sides together:
6. Fold the paghetti pieces in half, distribute them evenly on the top edge of the panel and pin so that they will form ties to mount the organiser to the bed:
7. Sew together the panel sides with the wadding and the ties:
This should emerge after turning inside out:
8. Next measure the distances between the pockets and pin them to the panel. Sew the pockets along the pocket seams.
9. Make pleats at the bottom of each pocket to give it the right shape:
10. Sew the binding along the panel together with the pockets, leaving only the upper edge of the panel (the one with the ties). Start and end by folding the ends of the bias tape.
Sew it on the back first...
... and then on the front.
You are DONE! :)
All you need is to tie it to the bed frame under the matress:
And put all the precious things to the pockets and enjoy the joy you've induced! And the tidyness... ;)
Cast (in order of appearance):
pandas on turquoise cotton fabric
pink 1 mm stripes cotton fabric
mint quatrefoil cotton fabric
pink 4mm dots cotton fabric
mint chevron cotton fabric
black 5mm stripes bias binding
black stripes spaghetti
Crowns on hot pink cotton fabric
Gray & hot pink stars cotton fabric
PS I'm seriously considering doing one for myself too. For telephone, Kindle, water, medicines, tissues and staff - why should it all crowd on my nightstand?
Summary to pin on Pinterest: