Remote Control Holder DIY

Got too many TV/stereo remotes? You might need a remote control holder. Got a baby that likes to throw remotes across the room? You definitely need this remote control holder DIY!

Remote Control Wall Organiser - a sewing tutorial by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts

If you’d like to sew your own remote control holder, then follow along.

For this remote control holder DIY you’ll need a yard of pretty fabric. I used a yard of Echino’s High on a Perch Border in turquoise, designed by Etsuko Furuya.

You can find a bunch of modern and bright Etsuko Furuya fabrics on Amazon* and also on Etsy*. They give a fun pop of colour to any room.

This fabric is home decorator weight, so it has a light canvas-like feel to it. Tougher and stiffer than normal cotton, perfect for this purpose.

Remote Control Wall Organiser - a sewing tutorial by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts

I cut my yard in half, after checking it would be wide enough to accommodate my four remotes side-by-side (with some spare). One side will form the wall hanging, the bottom of the other side will be used for the pouches. (I also trimmed some of the yellow birds off the top of the yardage as it was too tall.)

Then I grabbed something for the backing. I chose a cheap IKEA pillow case because this organiser is for me and I couldn’t care less what the back looks like. If you’re making this as a gift you’ll probably want to give it a little more thought.

Remote Control Wall Organiser - a sewing tutorial by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts

Then I chose my batting – I went with a firm, fairly thick polyester to give it some strength. You don’t want your remotes sagging all over the place. Plus hopefully polyester is cheaper (unless you live in France).

Remote Control Wall Organiser - a sewing tutorial by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts

Put the right sides of your organiser fabric and backing together and sew around three edges. Leave the bottom open so you can turn the thing inside out (right sides out).

But before you turn, trim down your seams a little to reduce bulk (or if you were too lazy to trim down your backing piece before joining, like me, do that now).

Remote Control Wall Organiser - a sewing tutorial by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts

Then turn it out the right way and give your seams a press.

Remote Control Wall Organiser - a sewing tutorial by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts

Cut your batting/wadding/what-have-you to slightly less than your remote holder.

Remote Control Wall Organiser - a sewing tutorial by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts

Clip the corners a teeny bit.

Remote Control Wall Organiser - a sewing tutorial by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts

And then stuff it right on in there. This does take a bit of fiddling/smoothing, but I found the easiest way is to fold the batting and make sure it goes right in to the end, then work back towards the opening smoothing and straightening.

Remote Control Wall Organiser - a sewing tutorial by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts

Once your batting is in place, you need to sew through all the layers to ensure it will stay in place (ie. quilting). This is also a good time to sew closed the bottom edge of the envelope. I turned those bottom edges in, pinned, and then pinned my layers together across the whole piece (the pins are a little hard to see, below).

Remote Control Wall Organiser - a sewing tutorial by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts

Then I sewed all the way around all four edges. I also decided to sew three horizontal lines across the organiser, top, middle, bottom. If you are really loading up your remote holder you might want to do more quilting than that to give it more strength and help it keep its shape.

This was when I realised I had no light blue machine thread in my collection. The only matching thread I had was for hand quilting, so two of my lines had to be done by hand.
Remote Control Wall Organiser - a sewing tutorial by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts

I used disappearing marker to mark out my lines.

With the remote holder body complete, I cut off the bottom turquoise part of my other piece of fabric. I wanted my pouches to blend in with, not distract from, the beautiful fabric.

Hem the piece you are using for the pouches. I cut a small diagonal from each corner so that they wouldn’t be too thick with folds.

Remote Control Wall Organiser - a sewing tutorial by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts

I also drew a guiding line up from the bottom of my remote holder, just to help me eyeball keeping the pouches straight (they tend to want to go wonky when you are gathering them).

Remote Control Wall Organiser - a sewing tutorial by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts

So I tried pinning again. I started from one side and moved across to the other, pinning each remote in turn. Don’t pin them in too tight or you’ll have a cuss of a time getting the remotes in and out. You need some wiggle room.

I didn’t worry about the bottom edge at this stage, except to keep it level (I used my topstitched edge line to do this in the end, rather than the line I drew).

Remote Control Wall Organiser - a sewing tutorial by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts

 You may need to pin this a few times to get it centred and to ensure your material is evenly distributed across your pouches.

Then I went back and made some simple little pleat-like folds at the bottom corner of each remote pouch, and pinned those.

Remote Control Wall Organiser - a sewing tutorial by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts

I also ruled straight lines to sew along in between each pouch (as my pinning wasn’t exactly a straight guide).

Remote Control Wall Organiser - a sewing tutorial by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts
Then you sew it all down. My humble recommendation:

1. Take the remotes out first!
2. Sew the bottom of the pouches closed first.
3. Then sew between the pouches, starting from the bottom up to the top. That way, if you have any slack it will simply shift upwards. If you are sewing down towards the bottom of the pouches you could end up with some unwanted extra fabric getting all up in your seam.
4. Be sure to back-stitch at the start and end of your stitching lines to ensure strong corners.

Here is everything sewed down. I have two remotes that are shorter than the others.  I lined up the tops of all the remotes and marked a line at the bottoms of the two more petite ones.

Remote Control Wall Organiser - a sewing tutorial by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts

Oops, they slipped down again before I took this pic.
Then I just sewed those lines down.

Remote Control Wall Organiser - a sewing tutorial by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts

Ah, on the home stretch now.

Remote Control Wall Organiser - a sewing tutorial by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts

I grabbed some scraps and made little tubes to fashion some hanging loops. Again, I didn’t bother changing thread to match the backing as I didn’t care what it looked like.

Remote Control Wall Organiser - a sewing tutorial by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts

I  hand sewed them on to ensure the thread showing on the front matched.

Remote Control Wall Organiser - a sewing tutorial by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts

So we’re finished, right? Well, you might well be, but I wasn’t because I’d forgotten about the ipod remote.

Remote Control Wall Organiser - a sewing tutorial by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts

 That little sucker is like baby catnip, he can’t keep his hands off it. Plus it’s really small and he can hide it in so many places.

I cut out a little pouch and hemmed it.

Remote Control Wall Organiser - a sewing tutorial by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts

 Then I sewed it on, again by hand. I think my stitching shows that it is getting quite late on Christmas night and I am ready to just hang this thing up already. (You can see where I stitched on one of the hanging loops just to the side of the ipod remote there.)

Remote Control Wall Organiser - a sewing tutorial by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts

 And here it is:

Remote Control Wall Organiser - a sewing tutorial by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts

 Mine looks a little funny at the top, but that’s only because my adhesive-only hooks (so I don’t annoy my landlord) are quite bulky.

Remote Control Wall Organiser - a sewing tutorial by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts

 Another hanging option is to sew a strip of material along the top width of the back, leaving an end open to slip in a length of dowel. If you have a lot of weight in your pouches you might find this offers better support. (That phrase works equally well as a bra advertisement.)

I’m quite chuffed with the outcome of my remote control holder DIY, and will be until the baby learns to either jump or climb up the TV cabinet.

Riffing on this pattern you could organise all sorts of things. I’m going to make a smaller one to hang next to our fireplace to hold the fire-starter briquettes and the gas lighter out of the baby’s reach. You could get your mitts on some clear vinyl and make transparent pouches for organising stationery or your sewing room or your jewellery or your makeup or … well, you get the drift.

Remote Control Wall Organiser - a sewing tutorial by Kirsty at Bonjour Quilts

 OK lads, point taken.

So if you have some remotes that need to be organised, give this remote control holder DIY a whirl. Have a great weekend, everyone!

Looking for another fun home decor sewing project? Try this rather fabulous paper lantern DIY!

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23 thoughts on “Remote Control Holder DIY”

  1. Instead of command hooks to hang my wall quilts, etc, I use the flat Command picture frame holders. I put however many I think I need on top, and the same on the bottom if it’s pulling away from the wall. This way you don’t have to sew on the hanging loops, I’m too lazy to do that, lol. It works much better for me. If you have them in France, give it a try. Jadahlgr at yahoo dot com

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    • Thank Cindy – they probably didn’t exist back when I first wrote this post (8 years ago now) but you’re right, I’m sure there’s a better product than what I used then. I remember thinking how amazing those removable hooks were back in the day, now they are just commonplace and I don’t give it a second thought!

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    • ha ha( its me the same person as before) i totally need to pay more attention to what im reading!!!! i reread and figured it out :b :p (i never can figure out which way goes better for a smiley face sticking its tongue out :p or :b) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :) sorry i got carried away bye

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  2. Very inspiring! I read your tutorial and improvised on a few things. We are RVers so we’re always hunting for the remotes. I used my favorite medium… PETMESH (Pet-
    d-Fence from Lowes) as backing, faced it with fabric backed by the stiff Pellon, and used clear vinyl (by Kitrich) for the pockets. It’s great because you can actually see the remote controls. On the bottom I put a large divided pocket to hold my husband’s iPad. He loves it! To finish it off I made a rod pocket on the back and used a tension rod because I had a little space between two window frames that it just fit.Now all I have to do is train the remotes to jump into the pockets!

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  3. Hi Carole, thanks for dropping by. I certainly am enjoying my time in France!

    Mysterious Anonymous, thanks for dropping by too! Yes you could certainly tackle it in that vein, sewing the batting to the front or back first, then turning and quilting through all layers to secure back to front.

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  4. Only suggestion:
    How about sewing the poly batting onto the front and backing piece before turning…no having to stuff it later and it would be more secure.

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  5. Hi Kirsty,

    Great idea for the TV remotes – colourful and practical! The pointers on where things could go awry are much appreciated. I love your blog and you have a killer sense of humour.
    Hugs,
    Chali

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  6. that is genius! MY sister in law has a 20 month old and just had twins! I am totally making this for her! :) I was getting lost down the rabbit hole that is the blogger land and stumbled across yours! it was was wonderful to find it! Happy New Year!

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  7. Great tutorial, I don’t need one of those as no young children here, and I hope not for a long time, as I have a teenager in the house!!!!
    I love the Echino print, and it looks great as a wall hanging.
    You have a great sense of humour, I always love reading your posts.

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