I decided to make chair pockets for my classroom this year and after some trial and error, we figured out the best way to do it! I thought I would share how we made them! If you use these in the classroom, make sure you clean them out every once in a while so that they last for many years!
1. Choose your fabric. I chose two different dot pattern fabrics. If you are trying to save money you can use a canvas drop cloth for one side and cheap bed sheets for the other side. Just make sure you choose one fabric that is thick such as canvas or denim and one fabric that is thin such as cotton. Cut the fabric of your choice to measure 1 yard in length by about 14 or 15 inches wide. You will need to measure the chair you would like it to fit first. Also try putting a folder or notebook on it to make sure there will be room for it when you are all done.
2. Turn the piece you already cut upside down so that the right side is facing the other fabric. Use the first piece of fabric as a pattern to cut the next piece out.
3. Once both pieces are cut, make sure they are matched together with the right sides facing each other. If you are worried about fraying you can use pinking shears. If the material is wrinkled you can iron it during this step.
4. Once the pieces are lined up, use a straight stitch to sew up one end and both sides.
5. Turn the fabric inside out so that the right sides are facing out. Smooth out all of the edges and make sure the corners have been pushed out.
6. Fold up the fabric to create a pocket. I folded mine up about 12 inches but this is up to you depending on what you want the pocket to hold.
7. Turn the pocket over and fold the fabric back to create another small pocket that will slip onto the chair.
8. Iron the entire pocket on the front and the back so that later you can see where you will need to fold it again. Also iron out the edges to make them as flat as possible.
9. On the open end of the rectangle, fold both fabrics in so that you cannot see the raw edges anymore. Iron over this so that it is flat.
10. Sew up the open end of the fabric with a straight stitch.
11. Fold your pocket again using the creases from the iron. The pocket in the front should be much bigger than the pocket on the back. Pin the pocket in a few places so that it will not move while sewing up the edges.
12. Topstitch both sides of the pocket so that it catches the front and back pocket. It gets pretty thick where the pockets overlap so make sure that you are using a heavy duty needle if you are using canvas. On both sides, start at the top and go all the way down to the bottom. Trim up the loose threads and you are done!
These are 3 different pockets that I made for my own classroom. The pocket in the middle was made with canvas drop cloth and a 5 dollar twin bed sheet from Walmart.
Here are some chair pockets made by my readers!
Made by reader Sara Banks
Made by reader Sara Banks