Above: This remote control caddy hangs over your sofa’s arm, with enough pockets to stash 4 to 6 controls
I’d like to share this project that has helped keep our remote controls all in one place instead of scattered everywhere. I got it from this book, Improv Sewing by Nicole Blum and Debra Immergut (read their blog, ourimprovdiary), a gorgeously photographed book that’s a gift from my dear friend Aurora — it contains 101 fast, fun and fearless projects! Here’s how to make what they call a Sofa Arm Catchall (I copied the procedure from the book, with a slight modification).
- 1 yard of 60” solid canvas (I used calico) or any fabric that looks good from both sides
- 7” x 7.5” square of printed fabric (for pocket)
- 1 spool of thread (your choice of color, but I used gold)
- scissors or roller cutter (to cut the body panels)
- Measure, mark and cut the fabric. For body panel, cut two pieces measuring 21” x 36” each.
- Sew the main panels together. Align one short edge of the two main panels with the right sides together and stitch a 1/2” seam, through both thicknesses of the fabric. Press the seam open and zigzag the raw edges of the seam allowances to finish them.
- Prepare the small pocket. Press 1/4” to the wrong side for both 7.5” sides and one 7” side. On the remaining 7” side, press 1/4” and then another 1” to the wrong side. Straight stitch along the inside fold to form a 1” hemmed edge.
- Hem the large pocket. Press one short edge of the main panel 1/2” and then another 1” to the wrong side to make a double-fold hem. Topstitch the hem in place 1” from the folded edge.
- Attach the small pocket. Pin the small pocket to the main panel so the hemmed edge of the pocket is 2.5” from the hemmed edge of the panel and 3” from the right side. Edgestitch the pocket in place, leaving the top, hemmed edge unstitched.
- Assemble the sofa catchall (a.k.a. the remote control caddy). Fold the hemmed edge of the main panel, with the pocket facing out, up 10” to create the large pocket. Press the crease and pin the sides together. Then press the long edges (including the pocket edges) 1/4” to the wrong side and then 3/4” again to make a double-fold hem. Straight stitch 1/4” from each long edge to secure the hem and the pocket. Use a smaller stitch when stitching the pocket, and switch to a longer stitch length (like 3) for the remainder of the panel (a reinforced stitch isn’t necessary beyond the pocket). Reinforce stitches by sewing three parallel rows of straight stretch stitches along the pocket sides at 1/8”, 1/4” and 1/2” from the edge.
- Zigzag along the remaining raw edge to prevent fraying. No need to make it beautiful — it will be tucked under sofa cushions.
Above: An illustrated diagram for steps 6 and 7 taken from from the book Improv Sewing.
Improv Sewing is available on Amazon.com