This will be my first #Made4Math Monday post! Yay!
As I plan to start Interactive Notebooks this year, I needed a good way to manage the tape, scissors, colored pencils, etc. I don't have the best set-up (no tables) for the cute little table buckets of supplies that I've seen, so I tried to think of something else I could do. I thought of chair pockets. I have my desks in groups of 3 and I thought one pocket per group would be best, so I decided to set out to make some.
I have a sewing machine and basic sewing skills. I like sewing because I see it as problem solving! I don't like following patterns, but I do like trying to figure it out. I was busting my brain, but then (once again) I remembered that this is the age of the internet, so I found some blogs that shared how to make chair pockets:
This has some great pictures and ideas, but I didn't want two big pockets, I want several little pockets to organize supplies.... But the suggestion to get fabric from thrift stores was amazing (I got awesome deals and hearty fabric)!
This is simple and good, but I don't have a serger (and I didn't even know what it was until I asked my mom) and I didn't want my edges to look so ugly!
This used two pieces of fabric so that all the ends could be in, so I knew it would be just right for me. I followed this pattern almost exactly.
I set out to measuring my chairs:
|To make sure the pocket would fit the chair|
|To make sure I didn't make it too long (silly, probably, but hey, why not?)|
Through my trial and error, I determined I needed to start with fabric that was 19'' x 26''. So here is my fabric. Two pieces laid right sides together. (Do you like my beautiful thrift store fabric :)
I pinned the two pieces together. Here you can tell that there are two pieces!
This is about where I stopped, so from where the machine is to the end of this side will remain un-sewn, the rest is stitched together.
Sew it all the way across to close. I think closer to the edge is better because you will make sure the thread grabs those edges you turned in. Also important to go all the way across the edge so that your seam doesn't awkwardly stop half-way across.
Then flip it upside down and fold up the other end to wherever you want your pocket to go. My cat tried to help, but you can still see that my folded part is now down.
That's all there is too it. Now I just have to make 7 more!