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Handy Holder

Handy Holder

Total Time Needed: 1-2 Hours

Looking for a fun and practical gift your child can help make for Grandma and Grandpa on their special day? This no-sew caddy tucks under the cushion of a couch or favorite chair and keeps the television remote control and viewing guide within easy reach.


  • 11 1/2- by 44-inch piece of fabric
  • Yardstick
  • Chalk
  • Washable fabric glue (we used Aleene's OK to Wash-It)
  • An iron
  • Iron-on patches or rickrack (optional)


Handy Holder step 1

1. First, place the fabric face down and use the yardstick and chalk to measure and mark a 3/4-inch hem at one narrow end. Iron the hem flat (parents only), then glue it in place against the back of the fabric. Turn over the material and repeat at the other end, this time pressing and gluing a 3/4-inch hem against the front of the material (A). Allow the glue to dry.

Handy Holder step 2

2. With the material right side up, mark a horizontal line across it, 6 inches from the hem you just made. Then mark a vertical line 4 1/4 inches in from one side of the material, as shown (B). Apply three vertical lines of fabric glue as shown, then fold up the bottom of the material along the 6-inch line (C). Allow the glue to dry.

Handy Holder step 3

3. Turn the material face down. Press flat a 3/4-inch hem along each long side of the holder (D). Secure the hems in place with the fabric glue and allow to dry. If your child likes, he can decorate his holder with fabric patches or lengths of rickrack, as we did.