Tiny chair pocket

My oldest daughter is in kindergarten and I guess I must have admitted a talent with a sewing machine on a volunteer questionnaire I filled out at the beginning of the year. I had forgotten about it, but her teacher asked me if I could make some chair pockets so her students could get their supplies off the tables when they weren’t using them.

I agreed to make her a whole set, 24 tiny chair pockets, donating my time, if she would buy the fabric.

It’s a win-win really. I get to do something nice for my daughter’s teacher, and her teacher gets something she really likes for her classroom for less cost than the store-bought variety.

The design is super simple, just two pieces of fabric, and all straight lines.


The pockets are deep enough to hold a pencil box and wide enough for the kindergarten workbooks to fit nicely.


This Prototype I is bias bound along three sides, but for Prototype II, I just used bias on the two sides and closed the bottom of the pocket with a French seam.


The pocket itself is just a single piece of fabric, 4 inches wider than the body, and folded to make a gusset on each side.


Easy-peasy. We’ll see if I’m still saying that when I’ve made 24 of these!


Hey there!

I was supposed to put up an “after” link up so we could all see how well we’ve cleaned up our sewing spaces.

I didn’t forget. I just … um … didn’t get mine cleaned up yet. It’s close, though. Very close. Here’s what it’s looking like currently. Progress is definitely being made!

Look, my sewing desk finally made it into the room. And I found thread and hung it on the wall.

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Things are finding homes on shelves, and most of the boxes are unpacked. I still have a few miscellaneous items to go, though.

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I relocated a few more shelves for this corner from another room.

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I bought some bed risers for my cutting table, though I think I might put it in the corner under the two high shelves and move my antique Singer to its place.

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So you see, I have been tackling this project a little at a time. There have been other distractions, though. Tonight, hubs and I spent the entirety of the evening removing a door and reinstalling a new one. Why do home projects take 3 times longer than you anticipated?!

I also repainted the dining area of our eat-in kitchen. But I had “help”, which meant it actually took longer than it would have had the “help” been less helpful. Know what I mean?



So, how’s your clean-up going? You’re probably all finished, right? Neat and organized and ready to link up. I’ll make it happen this week, even if I have to shove those last 3 boxes in the back of my closet!