This Gadget Holder is a quick and easy sewing project. So quick in fact you’ll be whipping these up in multiples for your home. You will probably find friends and family taking notice with special interest so if your looking for a clever gift for someone who has everything then you may have found it with this multipurpose holder.
Initially I intended this to be for the sole purpose of holding my e-reader at the dining table. Up until now I awkwardly used a rolled up tea towel to prop the device to a comfortable reading/viewing angle.
Upon completion I found it to be exactly what I needed and I became increasingly happy to discover several other handy uses for it. At first I kept it on my kitchen counter as a home for my mobile phone so I could easily find it when I needed to. From there I found it useful to keep online recipes held on my phone or another device nearby in the kitchen. Keeping it on my desk while working in the office for easy viewing has also proven to be convenient. And because it doesn’t take up to much space it works equally as well on a nightstand or side table.
You can keep one next to your sewing machine to easily hold your phone or tablet, keeping online sewing patterns and tutorials conveniently at your fingertips.
It also does double duty as a ruler holder and/or a pincushion.
It doesn’t take much to put one of these together.
- one fat quarter and matching thread
- polyfill or another stuffing
- 4″ square of cardboard (for a base)
- uncooked rice or something to be used as a weight
- marking pen or pencil
- 1/2″ diameter wood dowel (optional). Approx. 7 1/2″ long
Let’s get started
Cut your fat quarter into a 15″ wide by 13″ long rectangle. (Ignore the white glare of the sun)
Fold the fabric in half right sides together, then sew one short edge and the open long edge leaving one short edge open (my rectangle shows longer as I was still tweaking the pattern).
Now fold the fabric as shown keeping the seam centred. The remainder of the seam (not shown) is on the underside and should be placed down facing the table.
Place your ruler so that it lays from the left corner of the square to the opposite right corner.
Now fold the top corner down to the ruler (or centre of the square) and finger press.
When it is filled close to the edge of the cardboard base you can add approximately one cup of uncooked rice for weight. You need to manipulate the rice to the top and corners as best as you can to keep it from falling out while stitching it closed.
Mark a straight stitching line along the edge of the cardboard and pin keeping the rice and stuffing to the inside.
Stitch on the line close to the edge of the cardboard.
Fold the fabric at the opening to the inside to measure 3″ from the just stitched line and press.
Turn the gadget holder over and measure in 2″ from the pressed edge and mark.
Fold the pressed edge over to meet the marked line and stitch close to the edge creating a tube.
Slide the dowel, chopstick, pencil etc. into the tube and you are done.
*optional – you may fill the tube with fiberfill and handstitch the ends closed.
Here is the finished project front and back. What I especially love about this holder is that the channel between the angled back and the dowel accommodates my e-reader with the cover on.
This is my first attempt at a tutorial. It took a lot longer then I expected as I tweaked the pattern and found I needed more photos for those awkward to explain steps and so on. Hopefully this project will be easy to follow and enjoyable to create. Please feel free to ask questions if necessary.