Crafts: Nook Bedside Pocket

Pretty much every sewing book I own features the ubiquitous "bedside pocket" for holding books (and other things), and I even took a stab at a pretty little rainbow bedside pocket back when I was first learning to sew. It's a good "beginner's project", but the biggest problem was that I rarely read paper books anymore, and when I do, I usually read them fast enough that the bedside pocket wasn't utilized. So, ultimately, my little rainbow pocket took to collecting dust until I finally took it down.

Lately I've been thinking that what I really need are bedside pockets for my nooks. I thought about digging Ol' Rainbow out of storage, but I didn't want the charger cord sticking out of the top, and even if I cut a hole in the bottom of the pocket, I was concerned that the charger head would be exposed and the glow that the nook color charger puts off would be bright and disturbing. (I'm one of those freaks who needs absolute darkness in order to get to sleep.)

So I got out my pen and paper, drew up some plans, completely botched the entire project (what a waste of four hours), and then did the whole thing over again by sense of smell, and voila! Here's the pattern in case anyone wants to replicate my work. Note that you can make these for anything with a charger coming out of the bottom; I just call them "Nook" pockets because that's what they were originally fitted for.

Also: I apologize in advance for the poor quality of the pictures. Who would have thought that camera phone pictures taken with an unsteady hand would be All pictures are loaded courtesy of Imageshack - you have to click on them twice to get to the "zoomed in" view where the text is actually readable.

Step 1: Cutting the Front Flap

The Front Flap is the part that's going to hold your item inside. You're going to have to cut this bigger than you might think - the "give" for the pouch is all contained in this material. For simplicity's sake, I used a 12.5" quilt square guide.

The Front Flap will consist of three parts: Outside, Center, and Inside. "Outside" material will face the outside world and should be pretty; "Center" material will provide support and be completely encased by the Outside and Inside material; and "Inside" material will face the bed and can be plain and cheap.

The outside I cut from black material. For the center, I recommend using some heavy interfacing. You can get this stuff in rolls for cheap - something like a dollar a yard - at craft stores. It's white and surprisingly firm and strong; for this project, you want the stuff that's thick enough to be opaque. I bought a bunch when I first got my embroidery machine, only to find that I rarely use it because the "tear-away" and "dissolve" stuff is so much lighter and easy to use. But we *want* heavy this time, so get the heavy interfacing. For the inside, I just used plain muslin, because it's cheap and simple.

Cut 12.5" squares of your Outside, Center, and Inside.

Step 2: Cutting the Back Side

The Back Side is the part that serves as the "back" of your pocket, and extends under the bed to hold everything up valiantly against gravity. Like before, you have three parts: Outside, Center, and Inside; in this case I used the exact same fabrics as with the Front Flap. *Unlike* before, your measurements aren't the same for all three pieces. Cut as follows:

Outside and Center: 11" wide, 30" long
Inside: 14" wide; 33" long

Step 3: Cutting the Dangling Modifier (Optional)

In my example (you can see in the finished photos below), I created a little dangling flap that covers the charger cord. I did this thinking that it would be necessary to keep the charger light out - after I finished, I decided that the charger cord extends up into the pocket high enough that the dangling modifier wasn't actually necessary. So I'm including it here as an optional step.

Cut off two pieces of cloth from the same material that you're using for the Outside color. The measurement should be about 11" wide and about 4" long each, but you don't have to be exact.

Step 4: Piecing the Front Flap

Moving right along, it's time to piece the Front Flap. If you're going to embellish or embroider the Outside of the flap, do so now (remember to slap your interfacing on if using an embroidery machine!). Lay out the Outside on top of the Center (and stitch them lightly together if you haven't connected them with embroidery) like so:

Now, fold over the edges of the Outside and - using a straight edge - get ready to trim off the *Center* piece ONLY. Not the Outside piece, just the Center piece. Take 1" off all the side *except* the top; instead, take 3" off the top, like this:

Now pull the Outside material over the shorter Center material and pin:

Slap the Inside material into the mix; pin the side of the Inside material opposite of the Outside material, so that you have a sort of sandwich:

Do *not* sew your front flap together just yet. If you want to add the Dangling Modifier, fold and pin the two sides of the Dangling Modifier together. (For beginnings, all this folding and pinning is just to get smooth edges that won't unravel, by the way.) Your Dangling Modifier needs to be a bit shorter across than the Front Flap since it's ultimately going to be *inserted* in the Front Flap:

Time to start sewing! Sew the bottom and sides of the Dangling Modifier closed. (You can sew the top, too, but it doesn't matter - that's about to be inserted into the Front Flap.) Slide the Dangling Modifier into the Front Flap, between the Outside/Center and the Inside pieces:

Once the Dangling Modifier is inserted, pin everything in place and sew the entire Front Flap closed - top, sides, and bottom. This will seal the Dangling Modifier in place forever:

Step 5: Attaching the Front Flap to the Back Side

You're getting closer to the end - you can taste it, I know. Lay out the Outside and Center of the Back Side. (Leave the Inside for the moment.) Slap the finished Front Flap onto the Outside/Center as shown:

Firstly, we need to tack down how big the opening needs to be for your charger cord to get through. *Overestimate* this, because I can almost guarantee that you'll underestimate how big the opening needs to be, and you'll have to rip some stitches gently. I had to rip stitches on both the bedside pockets, and if I made a third one right now, I bet I'd have to again. Make the hole almost as big as the device and you should be fairly good. I use stickers to mark where my sewing should stop:

You can also take some time to sew some elastic to "hold" the charger cord. This is optional, though, since in my experience, the elastic didn't really do its job properly:

At any rate, it's time to get sewing again. Sew the sides of the Front Flap to the Outside/Center of the Back Side, and sew the bottom of the Front Flap (not the Dangling Modifier - remember, that dangles) up to your "Sticker Stops". Now you should have a nice little sewn flap like so:

Step 6: Finishing Up

Final lap! Lay out the Inside of the Back Side underneath everything. If you'll recall, I made you cut this Inside several inches larger than everything else. Take that overlap material and fold it over once (you'll be touching the raw edges of the material to the raw edges of the Outside/Center sitting on top of it) and then fold it over once again to cover the raw edges of the top layers. Pin everything in place, remembering that the Dangling Modifier stays free through all this:

Now, just sew it up! Slap your Nook + Charger in to triple-check your flap-hole-spacing, and rip out the seams from the inside gently if it needs modification, but other than that, you are done!


Here's some pretty pictures of my Nook Classic and Nook Color in their bedside pockets. *snorgle*


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