You know that thing that happens when the world finds out that you sew? You are flooded with requests to sew things. Bless them, right? Everyone means well. Remember those kindergarten chair pockets I made for my son’s class last year? Well, you can probably guess where this is going…at least a little bit. About halfway into this school year J’s first grade teacher approached me about sewing chair pockets for his classroom, just like the ones from last year (link includes my tutorial on how to make them, btw).
Much as I loved making chair pockets for his classroom last year, it is time-consuming, monotonous and costly (it takes A LOT of fabric). Plus, it seemed inequitable to me. If classrooms need chair pockets is it fair that the only classrooms who get them have my kid in them? Not really. So, I suggested that the school identify how many classrooms need chair pockets and write a grant to cover the cost of store-bought chair pockets. J’s teacher came back and suggested that the ones I make are sturdier than the mass-produced kind. I was terribly flattered. I agreed I could make them and quoted her a price per classroom (at 25 chair pockets per classroom) that paid for my time and supplies. She submitted the grant and it was only after the grant was accepted that I found out that nearly the entire school needed chair pockets, 300 to be exact. Turns out every first grade and kindergarten classroom except for two needed chair pockets….one of those two classroom has special chairs and the other has the pockets I made last year. Ha! I was totally overwhelmed. (more…)