Fun Bedtime Pockets

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  • Stash nighttime essentials in this clever variation on a bedside table.

  • Ideal for the top bunk or any other bed, this pair of bed pockets slips neatly between the mattress and box spring (one pocket hangs over each side of the bed).


1. Begin with a piece of cotton duck fabric that's 60 inches wide and 3/4 yard long.

2. Use pinking shears to cut the fabric into 2 lengths, each 60 by 12 inches. Fold up 16 inches of fabric at the end of each piece. Press with a hot iron.

3. Use a sewing machine or a needle and thread to stitch 10 inches up each side (see illustration, below) to form a pocket. Fold down the excess fabric to make a flap. Press. Use pinking shears to trim the flap into a triangle.

4. Slip the mattress off the box spring and overlap the two lengths of fabric so the pockets hang at the height you'd like. Use pins to secure the pieces together, take the pinned material off the bed, and sew the pinned section to form one strip (see illustration). Trim any excess fabric at the seam.

5. Use fabric glue (such as Fabri-Tac) to affix grosgrain ribbon racing stripes (we used 3/8-inch-wide ribbon), then add an iron-on finish-flag patch, or decorate as you wish with fabric paint. Install the pockets near the head of the bed. We don't recommend washing and drying the bed pocket, as shrinkage may occur.


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