I recently was just thumbing through a catalog for bedding because I think I should be considering some new sheets. It is really hard to tell the quality from looking at a photo. Furthermore, what is soft to some may not be soft to me. About 10 years ago I found that I was not able to tolerate the scratchiness of 'new' sheets, especially if they were of a poor quality. I do know that many people are just fine with a 200 thread count. (see my sheets blog
- a lot of good information on quality of sheets) But scratchy sheets keep me awake.
When I came across this, I thought, I can do that with my current sheets!!
The information said that the pocket was 15" (38 cm). It looks simple enough but I noticed that the sheets were on 'clearance' and I always check, clearance or not, what the lowest rating people have to say. Often, one cannot please everyone, but I look for real and valid issues. In this case, one rater said that the pockets were on the wrong side of the sheets. Hmmm. . .
OK, I have this as a vision and it is still a work in process. If you have some suggestions, please add it in the Comments below. Everyone benefits from a single idea - share your ideas!
I have an old robe that I use as practice for embroidery. It has two large patch pockets. Frankly, the pockets are too big (is that really possible? well, yes it is). Unless I am going to carry a quart of milk in my robe, they are just too big. Then, I simply cut them from the robe, size is disregarded at this time.
I cut the pockets at their bottom, I probably don't need that (**afterthought, should have kept about 6" that could have been folded to be smaller pockets). I also cut a 1" edge where they would butt up against each other and I will sew the pockets together with this selvage. I cut 6" above the top of the pocket for an area to be tucked in between the mattress and box springs. I was so busy thinking about what I wanted that I forgot to take photos. Sorry.
I actually kept changing my mind about the sizes and the methods. This is what I want to pass on to you:
- This fabric was cotton but I would something a little heavier like a bottom weight. I would not use a heavy fabric like canvas, but it might work for you.
- On the pocket that will hold the magazines, I am going to do a monogram.
- I started with 2 pockets and divided the pocket on the left so the remote would not slide over and sewed a vertical and horizontal line to create the third pocket.
- I sewed a horizontal line to match the line on the pencil pocket. That left an unused area that was not open.
- I cut the top of the (just inserted) horizontal line which created a fourth pocket that was just right for my glasses.
- I am going to use some sort of ribbon on the tops of the pockets for a visual pop and to cover up the top of the glasses pocket that is a raw edge.
- I found that about 6" was suitable for tucking between the mattress and box springs. Then I figured it would work on the sofa too, and it did. For the sofa, I may want the caddy to be the same color as my sofa so it disappears. That is next on the agenda.
I think there are lots of people who would love one of these, check your gift list, twice of course.
LOL - I was looking at some things at Pinterest and came across a store that I did not recognize as being in my area. I put in my zip code and it said "There is no store in your area. You should consider moving."
Tip: I thought I had heard everything but this one is a newbie for me❣ I had the neighborhood kids painting a few weeks ago and left them with plenty of water to wash out the brushes. Well, that was not exactly my brightest hour. . . Eleven brushes were hardened. Then I found this trick - using an amount of hot (yes, hot) vinegar to cover the bristle part of the brush. In about 5 minutes, 8 of the brushes were ready to go again. The remaining brushes were just as stiff as they had been. I prefer not to use harsh chemicals like turpentine, so this was a great idea for me.
Now I have to come up with something to use that left over vinegar. It is still clear and smells normal.