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!