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?
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.
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: