Introduction: Easy Bedside Caddy Made From Two Placemats

This is an easy bedside caddy you can make with two place mats. Everyone has a few things that they need near their bedside, you can make this one in less than 30 minutes.

  • Keeps things organized

Step 1: What Do You Need?

You will need:
  • Two placemats of the same width (I used two identical placemats
  • Pins for keeping the fabric in place
  • Sewing machine or you can hand sew
  • A tape measure or ruler

Step 2: Plan the Pockets Sizes

My placemats are 13 inches x 18 inches.
Fold one placemat to create the pouches so that the smallest pouch is 7.5 inches tall.
I have separated the two placemats so you can see how the folded one attaches to the unfolded placemat.

Step 3: Plan What You Will Put Inside

Visually place what you will want in the bedside organizer to ensure it will fit in the organizer. Be aware that thicker items will require more space when sewing, so keep that in mind.

Step 4: Pin the Placemats Together

Pin the placemats together. Once you have pinned everything, it is a good idea to insert under your mattress to ensure it does not drag on the floor. This also gives you a chance to adjust the pocket sizes before you start sewing.

Step 5: Sew, Sew, Sew!

Do not sew against the pocket, the feet of your sewing machine will get stuck.
Reinforce the pockets starts so you do not have to resew at a later time from all the wear you will get from the caddy
Top part of caddy will be tucked between mattresses
You can make smaller pockets but the pockets will be thinner so you will be restricted in what these pockets can hold.
Take out the pins as you sew and before you actually reach the pins. Do not sew over the pins!

Step 6: Place Under Mattress, Fill the Pockets and Enjoy!

Place the top flap of your bedside caddy between your boxspring and your mattress. If you do not have a boxspring put it in between the mattress and the frame of the bed.
Put your things in and enjoy!


RealNataliaT made it!(author)2014-12-09

Cool! I'm going to make something similar with a few smaller pockets from a handkerchief for little things (like earplugs).

Solskinner made it!(author)2014-12-29

RealNataliaT, I am glad you liked the Instructable. Post a pic when you do yours.

RNJD4949 made it!(author)2012-12-28

Thank you so much for your great idea. I needed a caddy for four remotes and this was perfect. I don't like to sew so I safety pinned the project all around and for remotes, it works just fine. Thank you again.

Solskinner made it!(author)2012-12-28

I'm glad the 'ible was useful and that you hacked it to create a caddy that worked for you!

aie_i made it!(author)2012-08-27

love the ideas. will make it one day.. hihihi.. thanks for sharing.. keep it up.. ;)

Solskinner made it!(author)2012-09-02

Glad you liked the project.

cnash962 made it!(author)2012-08-07

Thanks for the great idea! I will be making two of these one for each side but the only thing I'm going to add is a piece of velcro (the hard part not the soft) to the part that gets tucked under the mattress so it will grab hold and not slide around.

Solskinner made it!(author)2012-08-14

Cnash962 velcro is a great idea. Please post if you make one. I would like to see it.

TabbyDeAnne made it!(author)2012-01-18

Love your choice in placemats! These are perfect! Great and easy to follow 'ible! Thanks for sharing!

Solskinner made it!(author)2012-01-21

Thanks for checking out my 'ible. Glad you like my choice in placemats and post a picture of your bedside caddy if you make one.

Solskinner made it!(author)2011-11-15

Thanks for all the nice comments! Let me know if you make one, would love to see it!

@Snickerdoodles I bought my placemats on sale too and it is a very inexpensive solution to bedside clutter.

snickerdoodles made it!(author)2011-11-06

Wow. I love you. They sell placemats at the dollar store so this is a super cheap solution. Thanks!

Little+Mom+on+the+Prairie made it!(author)2011-10-23

I love this idea, I like to keep a lot of things on hand near the bed.

jessyratfink made it!(author)2011-10-23

I've been meaning to make something like this for years! Placemats are a great idea.

mikeasaurus made it!(author)2011-10-23

Neat idea, sure beats the small pile of stuff I have hiding under my bed!

Penolopy+Bulnick made it!(author)2011-10-23

Very cute and very handy!

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