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Operation: Chair Pockets!
12 Jul, 2012. 15 Comments. Uncategorized. Posted By: Kristen Smith

In my first grade classroom when it comes to storage for my student’s items, I have to get creative. Last year I created milk crate seats which I LOVE and this year my task was to create chair pockets. I looked into buying them but was not about to spend over $20.00 for EACH student to have one.

I am lucky to have a good friend who knows how to sew and she helped me create a pattern and told me what to buy at Hobby Lobby. 
I ended up only spending $14.22 on the fabric and then bought one thing of yarn and some ribbon for decoration. In total, the whole project* cost around $20!! Not bad if you ask me!! 
*I only made 12
The first few steps I don’t have pictures of. (sorry!)
But so that you know, we laid out my fabric and measured out the chair pocket dimensions. For first grade size and styled chairs we used 14.5 inches for the width and 30 inches for the length.
We then cut out all the long rectangles.
The next step was sewing the ribbon on top of the rectangles. 
 Then we had to make three folds.
With the ribbon side facing up I folded it all the way down so it was longer than the end on the table.
Then I brought the fabric back up so that I left about an inch of space on the top. 
These three folds allow items to be placed inside the pocket and an opening at the bottom to slip onto the chair.
(I hope that makes sense.)
Next, my friend’s mom sewed the sides for us using the “strong hold” stitch that my friend told us to use. 
To me (I’m not a sewer) it is the one that looks like a heart rate!
Then (we prayed that it would fit and work) and tried it on one of our student chairs!
YAY!!!!  IT WORKED!! 
I can’t wait to get them into my classroom!! 
I’m thinking about adding numbers to the middle of them so that the students know whose is whose but I couldn’t find what I was looking for at Hobby Lobby during this visit. (Now I’m on a mission to find them!!)
On another fun note, I was awarded the Versatile Blogger Award!! I promise I will blog about my seven random facts tomorrow and nominate some of you awesome bloggers out there!! 
I hope you have a great night!

15 Comments
  1. Those are cute.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. Thanks Tammy!! :)

  3. These came out fantastic & for $20?! That’s cheaper than any chair pockets that I’ve seen. Great job! :)
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

    • Thank you!! I know, I couldn’t believe how much they were when I started looking to buy them!! They really weren’t hard to make!

  4. this is just so awesome great job you def saved so much money =)

    Just Wild About Teaching

  5. Super cute. I love how you added the ribbon at the top and the sewed edge. It adds some flair to the pockets :) Such a Thrifty project :)

    Heidi
    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  6. Those came out great Kristen!!! When mine fall apart I will be hiring you out!! 😉

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

  7. Great instructions. Fantastic idea with adding the ribbon as an accent. How many pockets did you make? What type of fabric did you use? Thank you.

  8. I am teaching first grade for the first time as a classroom teacher. I’m used to upper elementary so, needless to say, I’m a bit uneasy/excited.

  9. How much fabric did you buy??

  10. What type of fabric did you use??

  11. My entire experience with storage has been like a fabulous dream. The units were clean, dry and in good shape, and there was good access for cars & trucks.
    storage in paddington

  12. You can buy Avery (or another brand)printable t-shirt transfer paper. Find some cute numbers, print them onto the transfer and iron them on! Try Walmart or Amazon

15 Comments

  • Those are cute.
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  • Thanks Tammy!! :)

  • These came out fantastic & for $20?! That’s cheaper than any chair pockets that I’ve seen. Great job! :)
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

    • Thank you!! I know, I couldn’t believe how much they were when I started looking to buy them!! They really weren’t hard to make!

  • this is just so awesome great job you def saved so much money =)

    Just Wild About Teaching

  • Super cute. I love how you added the ribbon at the top and the sewed edge. It adds some flair to the pockets :) Such a Thrifty project :)

    Heidi
    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  • Those came out great Kristen!!! When mine fall apart I will be hiring you out!! 😉

    ❤ -Stephanie
    Falling Into First

  • Great instructions. Fantastic idea with adding the ribbon as an accent. How many pockets did you make? What type of fabric did you use? Thank you.

  • I am teaching first grade for the first time as a classroom teacher. I’m used to upper elementary so, needless to say, I’m a bit uneasy/excited.

  • How much fabric did you buy??

  • What type of fabric did you use??

  • My entire experience with storage has been like a fabulous dream. The units were clean, dry and in good shape, and there was good access for cars & trucks.
    storage in paddington

  • You can buy Avery (or another brand)printable t-shirt transfer paper. Find some cute numbers, print them onto the transfer and iron them on! Try Walmart or Amazon

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