Especially in the bedroom we often lack storage space to store various utensils like handkerchiefs, books, medicine or toys. Since the bedside tables offer only limited space, a bedding silo or a bed bag is often the solution of choice and can be attached to children’s beds as well as to other bed frames.
Today I would like to show you how you can sew a great little bag for your bed or the cot of your little treasure in just a few steps. The bag can be attached to the sides of your bed and is suitable for larger and smaller items as needed. Depending on what you want to store, the bags can be sewn a little wider or narrower (see below).
I have written very detailed instructions so that even beginners can sew the bedding silo. So even a beginner should have no problems with the workmanship.
Material and preparation
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This is what you need to sew the bedding silo:
- different fabric remnants made of cotton (woven fabric)
- underwire fleece
- decorative ribbon if necessary
- press studs
- sewing machine
- our guide
Level of difficulty 1/5
also suitable for beginners
Cost of materials 1/5
smaller fabric remnants / press studs
Time expenditure 2/5
1 to 1.5 h
Step 1: First, take one of the cotton fabrics you still have at home. From this fabric (A) we sew the front and back of the bag, not the bags themselves.
Use your ruler to cut two rectangles measuring 40 x 20 cm.
ATTENTION: NO elastic fabrics such as cotton jersey are suitable for this project. The fabric is too soft and will warp when sewn.
Step 2: Now you need several smaller squares for the pockets at the front of the utensil silo. Cut three 15 x 15 cm squares.
TIP: If you want to sew the front pockets from the same fabric, cut a rectangle of 40 x 15 cm instead of squares. This will later be stitched into several pockets!
Step 3: So that the bag does not become too soft and offers enough stability for books or other heavier objects, we use a non-woven iron on the back of each of our fabrics.
This is cut 2x in the size of fabric A and once in size 40 x 15 cm.
TIP: Cut the iron-on fleece 0.5 cm shorter on each side so that it does not protrude beyond the sides of the fabric after ironing.
Step 4: Finally, we cut the 4 bands with which the bedding silo is attached to the bed. Cut here 4 pieces of fabric 30 x 10 cm.
Continue geht´s to sewing machine!
Sewing the bedding silo | Instructions
Step 1: Four carrying straps are required to hold the bag.
Fold the fabrics together lengthwise, right sides together and pin or clip the long side together.
Now stitch the long straight and one of the two short sides of all 4 tapes with the sewing machine.
The fabric is under the sewing machine foot, as shown in the following picture.
On the open (short) side the tapes can now be turned to the right fabric side.
Now turn your sewing work over the small turning opening as shown in the picture below.
Step 2: Now put the three parts for the front pockets (15 x 15 cm) together on the right sides on the right and on the right side and fix everything.
These seams can now be stitched with a straight stitch.
The three squares should now form a snake.
Step 3: We now go to the iron with all the fabric parts.
First iron the non-woven on the left side of the two large rectangles of the bag.
TIP: The non-woven has a slightly uneven side with noticeable small pimples. This side is placed on the left fabric side of the woven fabric and then ironed. Iron several times over the fleece so that it adheres firmly to the fabric.
Now iron the row of pockets with the squares and the four straps for the holder so that the seams are as flat as possible and can be processed well afterwards.
Step 4: The long side of the pocket piece is now folded approx. 2-3 cm inwards and ironed firmly.
Schritt 4: Die Längsseite des Taschenteils wird nun ca. 2-3 cm nach innen gefaltet und fest gebügelt.
Your sewing result now looks as shown in the following picture.
Next, you can leave the seam as it is, or attach an ornamental tape or (as in my case) a SnapPap tape over the seam.
Insert this again and stitch it tightly on both sides with the straight stitch.
ATTENTION: For these seams it is recommended to use a matching thread, as all these seams will remain visible at the end!
Step 5: Now place the pocket piece with the decorative band on the front of the bed bag.
Tighten the sides so that nothing can slip when sewing.
The pockets are now sewn onto the front at the subdivisions. I quilted this piece exactly at the existing seams, so that no further seams develop and shapely subdivisions are present.
TIP: Of course, you can divide the front side of the bag exactly as you would like it to be later, with smaller or larger bag parts.
Step 6: Next we put all parts on top of each other: The open side (!) of the ribbons is now attached to the upper edge of the front.
Fold the straps together a little so that you do not end up in one of the sides or at the bottom edge of the bag in the sewing machine!
After the straps have been stuck in place, the back is next, which is laid on top right sides together. Fasten all four sides of the bag with needles or clips.
Now your sewing work lies before you.
ATTENTION: An approx. 10 cm wide turning opening remains on the underside, which must not be closed when sewing!
Everything is stuck and so you can continue with the sewing machine in the next step.
Step 7: Topstitch the bag once all around (except for a turning opening!) with a straight stitch.
You can then turn the bed silo to the right through the opening.
Be careful not to damage the trim or SnapPap.
Step 8: We’re almost done!
At the underside the turning opening must be closed. Slide the two edges of the fabric with your finger inwards and secure everything.
Wir steppen die gesamte Tasche noch einmal knappkantig (ca. 1-2 mm zum Stoffrand) mit dem Geradstich ab.
This makes a clean, beautiful impression and at the same time closes the turning opening.
TIP: Of course you can also close the opening by hand with the so-called mattress stitch. Take a look at our instructions on this subject!
Step 9: When you have closed the seam, iron the outer seams again.
Now the push buttons can be attached to the ribbons.
For this you need the buttons and a pair of pliers. I decided to use 2 push buttons each, because the bag hangs so nice.
Voilà – our bed bag is ready and can be attached to the bed. I hope you enjoy sewing!