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
- Sewing Machine
- Pencil or chalk
- Fabric paint, glue and embellishments (optional)
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.
Fold 1/2 inch of the bottom edge of the fabric over and pin. Sew hem and cut the threads.
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.
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.
Sew a straight stitch over the lines, creating three 4-inch pockets.
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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