Sssssshhhhhhh. Don’t tell my husband. He doesn’t read the blog, so he won’t find out what I made him for Valentine’s Day.
Months ago, he casually asked me if I could make him something to sit in the treadmill tray. He said he didn’t like the remotes sliding around, banging against one another and getting confused between the channel remote, the DVD remote and, of course, the Netflix remote.
First world problems, no kidding. I know it.
Nevertheless, I said I would make something and then promptly forgot about it. So many quilts and art projects to make, so many lovely fabrics, so little time for something as unglamorous as a treadmill caddie.
And it’s not like anyone has a pattern already created for our treadmill. It’s not rocket science but I did have to think it through a little.
I started with a basic pattern for the bottom of the tray.
From there, it was easy enough to measure the sides and the depth. Then I had to think about materials…what should I use as stabilizer? Would batting be enough? No, I decided, Soft and Stable would be ideal.
If you’re not familiar with the product, it’s perfect for bags and wall hangings or anything where you want more body than batting. Ask for it at your local quilt store…most of them already carry it.
After that, I had to devise a way to add compartments. I didn’t really know what size the compartments should be, if he wanted the remotes to lay down or stand upright, or just tilt out of the way. At any rate, I decide to make it flexible. The partitions can be moved around so that the caddie can hold a drink or just the remotes or different sized things.
I scanned the sewing room for an idea. Velcro! That’s the ticket!
I attached one side of velcro to the lining, and the other side to the little dividers for the inside. Then I created a lining that was the same size as the outside and attached it.
Strangely, free-standing it looks like a little canoe.
But once inserted into the treadmill tray, it fits and makes more sense.
Here, you can see a detail of how the little partitions can be moved around to support different sizes.
All set and ready to go. As you can see, the remotes fit quite nicely in their little compartments and are easy to grab. I can always add more partitions or move them around.
What would I change? Well, I used batting on the bottom and Soft and Stable on the sides. I think I would create the whole thing using the Soft and Stable if I were ever to create another. The batting is very forgiving in terms of fitting, though.
I think he’ll be happy. ssshhhh…he won’t get it til Valentine’s Day. Better than chocolate, right? hmmm…
Here’s a link to a previous Valentine’s Day post.