Vintage Pillowcase Bed Caddy – Sewing Tutorial

Make a handy bed caddy from a vintage pillowcase! The pockets are big enough to hold a notebook or small laptop. Perfect for late night studying!

This post originally appeared on Bombshell Bling.  

I can’t go to a thrift store or estate sale without checking to see if they have any vintage linens.  There’s just something about those vintage prints – those colors, those happy designs, even the fading and wear – it’s all just so charming!

Vintage sheets are great to stash just for the yardage. Vintage pillowcases, on the other hand, yield smaller pieces of fabric but have the fun benefit of already being sewn at the sides and having the opening already finished.  It’s a great starting point for quick sewing crafts!

Do you love vintage pillowcases, too? Here’s how you can use one to make an adorable memo board.

The project I’m sharing with you today starts with a vintage pillowcase and, with a few simple seams and one fold, turns it into a handy pillowcase bed caddy.  I’ve got a tutorial for you below!

Vintage Pillowcase Bed Caddy - Sewing Tutorial

Look how sweet this pillowcase bed caddy looks hanging on the antique bed at my mother’s 1920s home!  My daughter sleeps in this room whenever she stays over with her grandmother.  And now she’s got a spot to stash all her stuff!

Vintage Pillowcase Bed Caddy - Sewing Tutorial

Two rows of pockets give you plenty of space to hold books, notebooks, phone, or any of the things you like to keep close to you when you’re in bed.  It’s held in place with a fabric end that’s sandwiched between the mattress and box springs.

Vintage Pillowcase Bed Caddy - Sewing Tutorial

There’s one long pocket across the back, and 2 smaller pockets in the front.  The back pocket is large enough to hold magazines or a notebook, or even a small laptop.  The front pockets can hold a tablet or reader, or (gasp!) an actual physical book.

Vintage Pillowcase Bed Caddy - Sewing Tutorial

If your pillowcase has a contrast cuff or any trim at the opening, it will end up on the front of your pockets!  But if your pillowcase is plain (like mine was) it’s easy enough to just add some trim or personalize with applique.

Vintage Pillowcase Bed Caddy - Sewing Tutorial

I added a row of mini pom poms across the front of mine, because everything is better with pom poms. 

Here’s how to make your own vintage pillowcase bed caddy!

Gather your supplies

Vintage pillowcase, queen or king.  Look for a pillowcase with a non-directional pattern, or one that would look okay sideways.  If you can’t find a queen or king size pillowcase, you can use a shorter one but you’ll need to sew enough fabric to the end (closed end) to make it 30” long.

21” trim to embellish the bed caddy  (optional)

19.5” x 10” ultra-firm sew-in stabilizer, such as Timtex or Pellon Peltex

Temporary marking pen

Make the bed caddy

*optional* Embellish the opening of your pillowcase with applique or with trims.  If using trim, you can either sew or glue it in place.  For a clean finish (no raw edges on the trim), wrap the trim around to the back ½” or so at the sides.

Vintage Pillowcase Bed Caddy - Sewing Tutorial

Sew a line across the pillowcase, 18” from the opening.  I find it’s easiest to measure and mark the stitch line with a temporary marking pen.

Vintage Pillowcase Bed Caddy - Sewing Tutorial

Insert the stabilizer into the pillowcase, pushing it all the way up into the pillowcase to the line you stitched.

Vintage Pillowcase Bed Caddy - Sewing Tutorial

Sew another line across the pillowcase just to the other side of the stabilizer, in order to hold it in place.

Vintage Pillowcase Bed Caddy - Sewing Tutorial

Now, sew the front pocket divider by stitching from that last line of stitching to the open end.  I chose to have my front pockets equal size, so I just sewed down the middle of the pillowcase.  You could also choose to sew your divider 1/3 of the way across, which would create one larger and one smaller pocket on the front of your caddy.

Vintage Pillowcase Bed Caddy - Sewing Tutorial

Finally, fold the pocket up at the bottom of the stabilizer, with the trim facing out.  Stitch down both sides with ¼” seam allowance to create the sides of the pockets.

Vintage Pillowcase Bed Caddy - Sewing Tutorial

That’s it!  Your pillowcase bed caddy is complete!

Vintage Pillowcase Bed Caddy - Sewing Tutorial
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