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Seat Sack Chair Pocket Backpack

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(9) Name: 'Sewing : Seat Sack Chair Pocket Backpack
Seat Sack Chair Pocket Backpack
Seat Sack Chair Pocket Backpack
Seat Sack Chair Pocket Backpack
Seat Sack Chair Pocket Backpack
Seat Sack Chair Pocket Backpack

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • basic sewing terms and techniques; working with plastic

Pattern Description:

The kindergarten Chair Pocket Pack is a slip-on seatback cover with six separate pockets! (I actually have a copyright on this item so please use it for your own use...like your classroom or your daughter's classroom, you get the idea....don't sell it!) Today's classrooms often do not have the old fashion desks where the children can store their everyday tools and textbooks. This seatback cover is a great solution for the teacher and student when tables and chairs are the only classroom furniture available. My daughter sews and so do I but I got the assignment to produce these by the start of school...I have no life outside of having fun sewing, painting, stitching so she definitely took advantage of me that summer....it was too hot to go out anyhow!
The largest pocket accommodates a typical file folder or two and a traditional composition book. Two smaller pockets in the front are great places for loose crayons, glue sticks and small scissors. On either side of the larger file folder size pocket are two very narrow deep pockets which are super for rulers and extra pencils! The top clear pocket fits a nice size name tag. If you decide not to use plastic for the pockets just glue velcro onto the child's name tag and onto the cover instead of sewing a plastic pocket ( in my mind the most difficult of the steps!) The picture above shows a completed pocket pack using a cool giraffe duck fabric. (Please see last page for listings for fabrics.) This fabric is stiff enough to hold the basic form but not difficult to work with or run through your machine. This particular pattern includes directions for an opening for the handle on the top of the back of the seat. If your chair does not have a handle, simply ignore the sections on creating the handle opening.
This pattern is easy to follow and if you want to make a cover extremely simple and inexpensive use old blue jean fabric and forgo the plastic. You can substitute any fabric as long as it is relatively "heavy duty". Duck, blue jean denim, regular cotton with iron on stiffening...old blue jeans....save money and don't use the plastic so the pockets are see thru....make the pockets out of a contrasting print fabric . I made 26 of these seat covers for my daughter's kindergarten class and they make her room look fantastic! I used 5 different animal prints so the room shouts wild animals!!! They are HAND WASHABLE...we washed them in the tub and set them upright on beach towels to dry them...they will be starting their third year in her room next Fall.These covers can enhance any room and make the children feel very special....maybe you could get together a group of sewing moms or grandmas to help you! If you can find some volunteer sewing moms, conduct a workshop and assign a few seat covers to each participant. (please remember the copyright...if you reproduce the directions for your volunteer sewing team PLEASE ask them to respect the copyright...sew to your heart's content...just don't sell the seat covers!) Thee are 17+ pages of instructions with lots of color pictures so it's easy to follow if you have some basic sewing sense. Have fun!

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • varies....adjust measurements based on the size of your classroom chairs


  • FABRIC REQUIREMENTS FOR 6 CHAIRS Fabric if using plastic pockets 54" wide --2 yards 44" wide -3 yards Plastic pockets 54" wide - 2/3 yards (24") All fabric with all fabric pockets 54" wide - 2.5 yards 44" wide - 3yards Iron-on product when using plastic pockets 54" wide - 2 yards 48" wide -- 3 yards Iron-on product when using all fabric 54" wide - 2.5 yards 48" wide - 3yards
  • Animal Print Oil Cloth: http://www.fabric.com/apparel-fashion-fabric-animal-print-fabric-oil-cloth-jaguar-natural-brown.aspx http://www.mendels.com/oilcloth_animals.shtml http://www.oilclothbytheyard.com/collections/animal Animal print duck fabric : www.housefabric.com www.fabric.com Animal print quilt fabric www.trimfabric.com Iron on fusible: WalMart most quilting stores Joann Fabric stores of online www.joann.com Pellon information: www.pellonideas.com Fray Check product: www.joann.com/joann/catalog/productdetail.jsp?CATID=cat2864&PRODID=prd2992 Duck fabric: WalMart has navy, red, black, natural and pillow ticking which would be cute! You can use any duck fabric and then use fabric or acrylic paint to paint or stencil on your own custom designs...like butterflies or balloons or trucks ...etc...let your imagination go crazy. If price is an issue....raid your children's closets and take apart old blue jeans....maybe use the existing pockets for the storage pockets.....this is a simple design and can be pieced before construction. Start a sewing group of moms and grandmas....maybe everyone could make a couple a piece to get the entire classroom outfitted!!!
  • friends who sew?

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