How to Make a Chair Pocket for Storage
I am excited to share with you How to Make a Chair Pocket for Storage using a recycled pair of jeans. It is simply amazing what can be made with just one pair! This particular pair was a favorite so once worn out in all the wrong places perfect for re-purposing. I am excited to share a bunch of creative and fabulous ways to turn a pair of jeans into useful classroom things, especially a classroom chair pocket for extra storage. These projects require a beginner ability to sew.
My Favorite Sewing Supply List
These are the sewing supplies that I keep on hand at all times. They get used over and over again and again in so many of my projects.
- Sewing Machine – This one has FIFTY built in stitches!
- Ready Made Bobbins – I am not a fan of making my own bobbins so I LOVE these.
- Fabric Scissors – These are great because they cut through multiple layers of fabric.
- Pin Cushion and Pins – The cuter the better. I love this hedgehog.
- Poly-FIl Stuffing for Pillows
- Poly-Pellets for Bean Bags and Weighted Projects – The POUR bag makes all the difference.
- Rotary Cutter and Mat
Cut the jeans into square/rectangle pieces and sew on felt decorations. I used my die-cuts that I design for Sizzix to make these. All three of them come from the calendar collection.
Sew the pieces together sort of like a quilt.
Use your rotary cutter on your mat to trim the sides so you have an even piece. It should measure the length you want your pocket to be on the back of your chair by 2 inches over 1/3 of the width of your chair. You will need to do some measuring to make it fit.
Fold your top down a tad and finish it with a wide zig-zag stitch.
Cut another, larger piece of fabric to be twice the width of your denim piece and the same height/length. Pin the denim piece to the right FRONT side of the fabric.
Sew around three sides of the denim piece leaving the top open. Fold the rest of the fabric around the back and sew the flap to the already sewn side. Carefully sew it again across the top being careful NOT to sew your denim pocket closed. Add a pocket to the outside too if you have one!
Slide the pocket on your chair and fill it up!
The great thing about this project is that it creates a darling decoration AND a super useful place for kids to keep supplies and books.
Another fun project is with the front pockets. Cut them out. Add felt decorations. Sew them together with the fronts facing around three sides leaving the top open.
Flip it inside out and put a jar inside to create a fun place for markers and supplies.
The back pockets from jeans make great bean bags!
You can also use the denim scraps to make a garland that holds supplies. This project will be featured on the Kunin Group blog over the weekend.
So, if you don’t have jeans in your recycle bin I think you should head out to the Goodwill store near you! There is just so much to make!