I’ve been slacking a little lately with blogs. I’ve been so busy I’ve really been making much and I keep forgetting to post. One reason I’ve been busy is moving my kids around. My biggest kid needs his own room and littlest kid needs a new bed so we’re shuffling about meaning they all need a handy bed tidy and this is the perfect project to use my Aldi Harry Potter fabrics for.
1.First up you need pattern pieces you will need 2 of each: main pieces 27 x 34 cm, book pocket (middle red fabric in pic 1) 20x34cm, front pockets 12 x 34cm and 6 strap pieces 36 x 8 cm.
2. Place both pieces of book pocket and front pockets with pattern sides facing and sew along the top edge. With the straps place them pattern sides facing but will be sewing 3 of the sides ( both long edges and one short). The unfinished edge will be tucking in to the book tidy so if you’re bother about pattern direction ensure its goin up from the unsewn edge.
3. Open each piece out and iron the seam flat. Fold back over so the pattern is now showing and iron again to flatten,
4. Place front pockets on top of book pocket and find the centre. Sew through the centre on top of front pocket to create 2 smaller ones.
5. Once you’ve turned out and ironed the straps place them pattern side down onto front main section piece. I place 2 outer ones 2.5 cm in and the middle was lined up with the centre. Place the back main piece on top and sew across the top. Repeat step 3 and iron it open.
6. Place the sewn book and front pocket piece pattern side down on the back piece. Keeping straps out of the way of seams place the front piece down and pin in place. Sew around all sides ensuring you’ve sewn the sides of the pockets in place. Leave a gap for turning and turn out then top stitch.
7. Cut out 3 lots of Velcro and place as shown in picture. One should be hook one should be loop on each strap. Sew in place.
Originally I wanted 2 smaller pockets for the book section but I also decided to do a bigger pocket version for my toddler because toddler books are never small. The small front pockets are great for cars, lego figures, mini torches, lip balm even tissues and trinkets.
Due to the fact I didn’t interface my fabrics the book pocket does gape a little but doesn’t affect use at all. Now to make 2 more and see whether I can perfect the design or not.