Kindergarten Chair Pockets

Ooh, what is this stack of rainbow goodness? It is, in fact, a stack of kindergarten chair pockets. You know, those easily accessible pockets that hang over the back of a child-sized chair making their folders and supplies within reach?

How to:: Quick and easy kindergarten chair pockets

Or maybe you don’t know.  I didn’t know about them until C started kindergarten a few years ago and I immediately thought they were so clever.  They are super simple, basically a rectangle with one pocket on one end to fit over the back of a chair and one pocket on the other side that you can reach into.  When J started kindy this year and his teacher didn’t have them I asked her about it and she told me SHE couldn’t afford them (Yes.  She, as an individual.  Don’t even get me started).  They are, apparently, around $8-$10 each, which gets pretty pricey when you have 20-25 kids at any given time.

Anyway, another mom in the class was an early student of mine and her love of sewing exploded.  She and I looked at each other and pretty quickly decided we could make the darn chair pockets.  Next time I was in the classroom, I measured the chairs and came up with quick instructions.  Together the two of us made 25 chair pockets (once we gathered all the supplies including the fabric from Ikea, it took us each about a day and a half to sew them).  The colors coordinate with the way the tables are organized in the classroom.

kindergarten chair pockets the quick and easy way

I almost didn’t blog about this because I don’t have pictures of them actually over a chair.  Plus, they are so simple to make (especially in the cheater way I devised) but I ended up changing my mind for two reasons. 1. I’m kind of proud of these suckers and 2. other people might want to make some as well.  So, here are the quick and dirty instructions:

making a kindergarten chair pocket

13 Comments on Kindergarten Chair Pockets

  1. Jane
    January 28, 2015 at 6:20 pm (3 years ago)

    You guys are so so sweet and amazing!! What a fantastic thing that you did! totally worthy of a pat on the back! 🙂

  2. melintheattic
    January 28, 2015 at 9:49 pm (3 years ago)

    Yes. This is awesome. Super mama.

  3. Pat
    January 29, 2015 at 10:29 am (3 years ago)

    Fabulous! What a great thing to do in support of a teacher and the classroom. Simply wonderful.

  4. Laura
    January 29, 2015 at 3:24 pm (3 years ago)

    What a wonderful idea! You both are so thoughtful and generous. I love the added touch of incorporating the colors that match how the tables are organized! So glad you posted this pattern for others parents who are looking for ways to help support teachers!

  5. Laura
    January 29, 2015 at 3:28 pm (3 years ago)

    What a wonderful idea! You two are so thoughtful and generous. I love the added touch of incorporating the colors that go with how the tables are organized. So glad you decided to post this pattern for other parents who are looking to for ways to support teachers!

  6. Hope
    August 7, 2016 at 12:46 pm (2 years ago)

    Helping my daughter for her K class I can see but never good at the math so if I need 26 seat pockets how many yards of fabric do I need?

    • Melissa Q.
      August 8, 2016 at 4:27 pm (2 years ago)

      Probably about 9 yards but you probably want to buy 9.5. I always pre-wash the fabric so they don’t shrink if a teacher needs to wash them. Good luck!

  7. Denise Mitchell
    August 12, 2016 at 5:40 am (2 years ago)

    What a fabulous mom! Teachers really appreciate any help and support they get but this was so over-the-top!!! I’m jealous!

  8. Rhonda Kopietz
    September 10, 2017 at 6:21 pm (5 months ago)

    How much do u think everything cost after done? I don’t sew, but need 75, n cheapest I got was $4 each to see.

    • Melissa Q.
      September 11, 2017 at 12:06 pm (5 months ago)

      Oh my goodness! $4 is so cheap. When I estimated the cost of my time and the cost of supplies mine came out to nearly 4x that much!

  9. vtracy1
    February 11, 2018 at 11:13 am (5 days ago)

    I was wondering what kind of fabric you recommend for this. I’m looking at some waterproof canvas from Amazon.

    • Melissa Q.
      February 11, 2018 at 10:22 pm (5 days ago)

      I used a heavy canvas and they turned out very durable. If you need them to be waterproof then definitely go for that type of fabric. If you don’t need it that way, however, it might only add complexity and thickness to the project. Definitely think about your needs.

      • vtracy1
        February 14, 2018 at 3:31 pm (2 days ago)

        Thank you for the tip! 🙂


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