How to Make an Armchair Caddy for Sewing

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How to Make an Armchair Caddy for Sewing
Keep your sewing supplies organised with an armchair sewing caddie. (sewing image by Lisa Eastman from

A sewing armchair caddie can make sewing a more pleasant and easy task by keeping all of your supplies organised and in a convenient location. When your scissors, pins, thread, and needles are all within arm's reach, it's easy to pick up your sewing without any effort. This armchair caddie is useful in a sewing room or on an armchair in your living room. You can make it out of any fabric, so it can match your decor for an unobtrusive look.

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Things you need

  • 3/8 yard main fabric
  • 1/4 yard contrasting fabric
  • Fusible interfacing
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Straight pins
  • Scissors
  • 3 curtain weights
  • Iron
  • Ironing board

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  1. 1

    Prepare your fabric by ironing it before you make your cuts. Cut the main fabric into 2 rectangles. Each rectangle should measure 19 by 7 inches. The contrast fabric will become the pocket. Cut the contrast fabric into one rectangle that measures 11 by 7 1/2 inches.

  2. 2

    Fold the pocket in half lengthwise with wrong sides together. Baste the raw edges.

  3. 3

    Place the pocket on the lower edge of the right side of the main fabric triangle. Match the raw edges of the two pieces and baste them together.

  4. 4

    Use your iron to apply a 19 by 7 inch piece of fusible fleece to the wrong side of the remaining main fabric piece. Trim edges of fleece if necessary to make a nice even raw edge.

  5. 5

    Sew the three curtain weights into the wrong side of the fleece about 1 inch from the bottom of the caddie. Sew one curtain weight in the middle of the piece and the other two in the corners. Make sure to leave room for the seam allowance.

  6. 6

    Place the two main caddie pieces right sides together, matching corners and sides. Use straight pins to hold everything together. Sew all the way around the caddie with a 1/2-inch seam, leaving an opening for turning the caddie right sides out.

  7. 7

    Turn the caddie right sides out and press the seams flat. Hand stitch the opening closed with a needle and thread.

  8. 8

    To divide the pocket into two sections, machine stitch a line through all thicknesses of fabric (the pocket, fabric, and fleece), and backstitch at each end of the seams.

Tips and warnings

  • For crocheting or knitting, make many small divisions in the pocket to hold knitting needles and crochet hooks.

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