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classroom chair back pockets or pouches

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I’m teaching first grade in a new classroom this year. The students will sit at tables rather than desks. I would like to make chair back pockets so the students can store their belongings at their seats. I’ve seen chair back pockets but I’m unable to find a pattern for them. Most of my chairs have an oval back supported by two vertical bars down to the seat. Some have a mostly solid back with a small triangle at the base.

Thank you in advance for your suggestions.

Janet Hill


  1. Mollie_Swindle | | #1

    When my son found his chair Friday (his first day of first grade), there was a pocket like you describe on the back of his chair. It was about 7" x 12" with a zipper at the top. It was hung on the chair by straps which went around the back of the chair kind of like a belt and were fastened with velcro. The teacher had painted their mascot's paw print on it. The bag was done in the school colors. All the first graders were delighted and the moms were impressed. I think you could make it with two rectangles of fabric. Insert a zipper and add the straps. You are very generous to do this for your students. I wish all kids could be so blessed to have a teacher who cares so much about them.

    1. Connie_Poynter | | #2

      *>I have made chair pockets for my classroom and for our Kindergarten classrooms. I do not use a zipper (too easy to tear up). My pockets do not have straps. They slip over the back of the chair. Our Kindergarten chairs have the solid back with the small triangle near the bottom. You need to use material that looks the same on both sides as both sides will show. I use a 15"x36" rectangle to make pockets for these chairs. If you will e-mail me I will be glad to give you specific directions.>Connie

      1. kalisto546 | | #3

        Chair Pocket Instructions

        Hello this message is for Connie Poynter i was hoping that i could email you to get the directions for the chair pockets, i have been asked by my son's teacher to make some for the classrooom. i have been researching the internet for a pattern but have gotten no where i came across your post and was hopping that iwould be able to get some info from you about the pockets. thanks in advance

      2. DebbieEaton | | #5

        Chair pockets

        I've just moved from a school with lots of storage to a school with NO storage.  Please share your directions for chair pockets for a kindergarten class set.

        Thanks so much!

        Debbie Eaton

  2. Ceeayche | | #4

    How Cool is THAT?

    What a lovely idea!  Kudos to you for your energy and enthusiasm for your students!

  3. stillsuesew | | #6

    If I was going to do this, I would lay the chair back down on a piece of newsprint and trace around it on the top and sides and then make it as long as you want the pocket to be deep. Add seam allowances.  This is your pattern.   Cut three.  Two would be stitched together at the bottom and two would be stitched together at the top and all three layers would be stitched together at the side seams.  This should slip over the back of the chair with the pocket open on the back.   I would make it out of denim or cotton duck so it is sturdy.  If it was made out of a light color, you could turn it into an art project with kids' handprints or something.

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