Introduction: Leather Scrap Bedside Pocket

Hello everyone!

This is a very small and easy project that can be done with minimal equipment.

Don't be afraid to try it, maybe doing some testing of a proper design for you before the final piece ;)

Let's get to it, I will explain how I created my personal leather sidebed pocket!


  • Leather
  • Cutter
  • Ruler
  • Sewing needle for leather
  • Thread
  • Stitching awl

Step 1: Need-driven Design

For this creation I was facing the need of a place where to store my phone and eReader during the night. I can't have a night bedside because my side of the bed is facing the wall!

So I decided to take advantage of the wood bed structure I have and fix on the bed head some sort of pocket in order to store things.

Searching for some inspiration online and wanting to use some leather pieces I have at home, I opted for a simple pocket that could fit phone plus ereader.

Main objective was simplicity and reversible design (no definitive fixing).

Step 2: Prototyping

Because I had just one nice piece of leather that could do the job, I decided fisrst to create a prototype with a smaller piece in order to test it for one week and have a functional final design.

First attempt was a simple rectangular piece that I folded and sew in the two side in order to create a pocket. I used some threat to tie it to the bed header.

The design was not so funtional because i needed two hands to put things inside (the border are weaks and the pocket doesn't stays open). After the trial, I was ready for the final design.

Step 3: Final Design

The dimension of the leather piece determined the dimension of the final pocket. I tried to use all of the surface available having straight borders.

The final dimensions are showed in the image above. The trapezoidal shape allows for the pocket to remain always wide open. The circular cuts avoid the unpleasant corners and again let the pocket to freely open up.

I chose to use the smooth side of the leather inside in order to let thee objets slip more easily and the rough part helps the pocket to stay on the bed structure with friction.

I folded the leather in the dotted line aligning the borders and sewing them together with light brown thread. With this geometry the pocket is naturally open now.

Bare in mind that this design is quite flexible, in my case it's the bottom wood piece that keeps the pocket vertical.

I hope this adaptive design gave you some inspiration for you own project!

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