How to Make a Chair Pocket for Kindergarten

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How to Make a Chair Pocket for Kindergarten
Help your students stay organised with chair back pouches. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Hanging chair pockets are sturdy, flexible organisers that cover the back of your students' chairs. If you're interested in providing your kindergarten class with chair pocket organisers, try making them yourself before you think about ordering a set. These space-saving devices are easy to create and will add style to the backs of your students' chairs. Additionally, when you've finished, you can ask each student to decorate his own chair pocket as an in-class art project.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Washing machine
  • Dryer
  • Heavy fabric (denim or canvas)
  • Tape measure
  • Fabric pen
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Needles

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  1. 1

    Wash and dry all of your material. Washing the chair pockets as the school year progresses will be a necessity, and instigating the fabric's shrinking process now will prevent your chair pockets from shrinking after you have sewn them.

  2. 2

    Measure the height and width of the chair back. Measure both from the widest point so that your chair pockets fit all the way down. Multiply your height measurement by three and add one inch to the end. Add one inch to each side of the width as well. These additions will allow you to sew your seams and give your outside pocket a finished look.

  3. 3

    Mark your measurements with the fabric pen and cut out your rectangle of fabric. Use a zigzag stitch on all the edges, as this will keep the fabric from coming unravelled.

  4. 4

    Turn one of the short edges up one inch as if you were hemming it and pin it in place. Sew where you pinned it.

  5. 5

    Fold the right sides together using two-thirds of the fabric. Fold the remaining segment under the bottom segment so that your material is folded like an accordion with the pocket (wrong side out) on top. Pin the two open sides together and sew in place.

  6. 6

    Turn both the chair cover compartment and the organising pocket right-side out and slip the finished product over the back of your chair.

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