Chair pockets!

Hi friends!
I had a sweet follower email me the other day about the chair pockets that I appliqued last week. {click here to read that post}
She was interested about how I made the pockets. I actually didn't make them myself - they were handed down to me from my wonderful old-teammate (moving to 4th grade :( BUT I am crafty like that ;) so I knew I could figure out how to make them! My sewing abilities are ok.. I can sew basic things.  Like this shopping cart cover I made last year for my mister sir.
Anyway, I made it a challenge!
I took a few pictures of the chair pockets I have for dimensions:
This is the part that goes over the back of the chair - 7"
 This is the pocket that your kids will put their books, etc in: 10"
I forgot to take a picture of the entire length, but it was 13 1/2".

I made a little "pattern" with a piece of paper - sorry it is not to scale, but you get the idea, right?!
This would be your entire piece of fabric - 31" long by 14" wide. You will need to serge or sew each end that is 14" so that you don't have any unfinished edges once folded.
First, you will fold a 10" section down. This will be the pocket that your kids will put their books in. Tack it down with pins.
Next, flip your piece of fabric over and fold down 7". This will be the flap that will go over the back of your chairs.
 Tack it down with pins again.
Then, sew along each edge where the dotted lines are (where you have pinned down)
Easy peasy!

Here is a better look at the dimensions:
Back side {the flap that goes over your chairs}
Front side {the pocket side}

Does that make sense?! I would use fabric that has a teeny bit of stretch in it but not too much! I would love to hear from you if you use this tutorial!


  1. Thanks for the great tutorial!! You are super sweet!! :)

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  2. These are going to be adorable. You are so smart!

  3. I'm definitely not that crafty... but your little boy is definitely a cutie!

    Dirty Hands and Lesson Plans

  4. Your little guy is soooooo cute!!!!! What a blessing he is. :)


    Sprinkles to Kindergarten

  5. Oh, I cannot sew! The last time I tried was home economics in.... 7th grade??? lol
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  6. I'm with Teri, haven't sewn since Jr. High and that really probably is best considering I wasn't very good at it then either! But I do LOVE chair pockets!! I got some this year and I can't imagine being in a classroom without them now. Yours with the little owls on them are adorable!

    ❤- Stephanie
    Falling Into First

  7. I have been searching for the last two days for an easy visual of how to make these! This will be perfect to see me through...thank you for posting!!!

  8. Nicole~ Thanks for posting this! You rock!
    Jen's Kinder Kids

  9. I can sew on a my job now is to find someone who can better than me! =)

    Heather's Heart

  10. This is great! I cant' wait to get started on this project this summer. Thanks for taking the time to put this together for us newbie sewers!

  11. I have been thinking about making some chair pockets for awhile. This looks super easy to do! Thank you so much for sharing :)


  12. What size chairs do these fit?


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