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Sew a Classroom Seat Pocket

June 24, 2020

Keep your students organized this school year by sewing classroom seat pockets. These seat pockets can be used for a school classroom, home school setting or a homework station in your home. Heck, I think I would like one on the back of my sewing chair. Just saying.

And while I am “just saying”, I have a confession to make. I geek out when it comes to school supplies. Even though my kids are grown, I still love the back-to-school supply sales. I try to justify it because I am a writer and a crafter, but I don’t really have to justify it…much. My son is an elementary school teacher. To help with students who may not be able to purchase all the supplies needed, my husband and I do a little shopping for his classroom. I may restock my own desk in the process, but that’s just gravy. 😉

Things You Need:

1-1 1/4 yards cotton fabric
Straight pins
Sewing machine
Matching thread
Paper for pattern (optional)

What To Do:

Step 1:
Fold the fabric in two layers with the right sides facing. Cutting through both layers, measure and cut a 17 1/2″ x 45″ rectangle. If making more than one classroom seat pocket you may want to make a paper pattern instead of measuring each one.

Step 2:
Pin together both short ends and sew using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Step 3:
Open the seams and press. This will give the pocket tops a crisp edge when turned.

Step 4:
Turn the rectangle right side out and press the short edges.

Step 5:
Top stitch along the short edges.

Step 6:
Lay the rectangle on your work surface. Fold one short end over 12″ and pin together the sides of the resulting pocket.

Step 7:
Flip the rectangle over. Fold the other short end over until it meets, but does not overlap the pocket on the other side. Pin together the sides of the resulting pocket.

Step 8:
Sew from one folded edge to the other along one side (pinned) edge using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Repeat on the other side edge.

Step 9:
Clip the seam between the top of each pocket on both side edges.

Step 10:
Turn the pockets right side out and press. Note: You will have one pocket on both sides. The shorter one will fit over the back of the chair.

Step 11:
Reinforce with a top stitch on the side edge, 1″ over each pocket. This will prevent the seams from coming apart due to wear and tear.

That’s it! I hope you and your kids have a great school year!


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