How to Make a Remote Holder

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How to Make a Remote Holder
Keep track of the remotes with a handmade remote holder. (remote control image by Mat Hayward from

A homemade remote holder makes a simple project for beginning sewers and a personal handmade gift. The design is a strip of fabric that lays over the arm of a couch or easy chair with pockets that can hold remotes, game controllers and a TV schedule for easy access. This project can be customised to the needs to the recipient -- for example, wider pockets for larger game controllers -- but the basic design will accomodate three standard-sized remotes.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 13-inch by 36-inch strip of heavy reversible fabric such as denim
  • Pins
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Ruler
  • Pencil or chalk
  • Fabric paint, glue and embellishments (optional)

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  1. 1

    Turn 1/2 inch of the top edge and of the fabric under and pin to secure. Sew a hem down each edge using a straight stitch on a sewing machine. Cut the threads.

  2. 2

    Fold 1/2 inch of the bottom edge of the fabric over and pin. Sew hem and cut the threads.

  3. 3

    Lay fabric top side up. Fold the bottom edge up 6 inches so that the hem is not visible. Turn the 1/2 inch of the left edge under and pin. Sew a hem on the left edge. Repeat with the right edge. Trim the threads.

  4. 4

    Turn the fabric so that it lays front side down and measure 4 inches from the left edge across the bottom of the pocket. Mark with a pencil or chalk. Measure another four inches and mark. Repeat across the top edge, and connect the marks with a ruler, making two straight lines.

  5. 5

    Sew a straight stitch over the lines, creating three 4-inch pockets.

  6. 6

    Decorate with fabric paint and embellishments, if desired.

Tips and warnings

  • Omit the second line for a 2-pocket holder that can accommodate one remote and one wider game controller.
  • When using a thick fabric, make sure to use a strong sewing machine needle designed for heavy cloth.

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