Jean Chair Pockets

These chair pockets are a great place to store white boards and books!

These chair pockets are a great place to store white boards and books!

Last summer, I created what I like to call a Granny Sweatshop as my most wonderful grandmas both helped me throw 30 of these together for my classroom!  I did not have my blog up and running yet, so I figured what a great time for me to post these with school coming just around the corner!  I have been so busy cleaning the house and doing projects that I have not had a lot of time to blog.  I would like to do some posts for back to school since that is the stuff I need to be getting done before my summer is over!

First off, chair pockets that you can purchase are outrageously expensive.  They are not exactly something that the school provides and my fellow teachers would agree that we cannot afford to buy EVERYTHING we want for our classrooms.  Did you know teachers can only claim $250 of things purchased for the classroom?  Let me tell you right now, that does not cover much!  So I decided to take matters into my own hands.

Here are a few pins that I debated on before deciding to do the jean pockets…

You could even get aprons from Home Depot but I wanted the pockets to be big enough to store their whiteboards.

You could even get aprons from Home Depot but I wanted the pockets to be big enough to store their whiteboards.

These are book covers that are stretched over the chair and the pocket is turned inside out and used for storage.

These are book covers that are stretched over the chair and the pocket is turned inside out and used for storage.

These are just chair pockets made out of pillow cases!

These are just chair pockets made out of pillow cases!

I cannot seem to find the pin of the other jean pocket that I used as my inspiration for my final product.  If I run across it I will make sure to post it!  What I love about my jean pockets is that they were donated so the only cost I had was thread!  I also love that they are made of jean material, so they will last FOREVER!!  My grandmas both set up camp at my Grandma Bloesser’s house with both of their sewing machines and we just cranked it out in a few hours.  My sister Heather came over and helped me cut and pin them.

We were up to our ears in donated jeans!  I had more than I needed so grandma got some extra jeans for a quilt she has been planning!

We were up to our ears in donated jeans! I had more than I needed so grandma got some extra jeans for a quilt she has been planning!

Briggan came over and kept us company for a little while!  He looks so little here!

Briggan came over and kept us company for a little while! He looks so little here!

These were super easy, all we did was cut off the legs off and sew it together.  I do believe we cut right at the seam area (almost like a really short mini skirt) and folded them inside out to sew the pocket.  Then we just used strips from the legs and sewed them onto the front so we would have a way to tie them on the chairs.

These were super easy, all we did was cut off the legs off and sew it together. I do believe we cut right at the seam area (almost like a really short mini skirt) and folded them inside out to sew the pocket. Then we just used strips from the legs and sewed them onto the front so we would have a way to tie them on the chairs.

Here is a back view.  I love the back pockets for extra storage!

Here is a back view. I love the back pockets for extra storage!

I love these chair pockets and they are still in great condition!  The only thing that is frustrating is when you are trying to move desks around.  The chair has to go with the desk because the students store their own stuff in them.  They also drag the ground a bit which I was worried about, but the jean material is so sturdy it really doesn’t matter.  They are such a cute addition to my room and I get so many compliments on them!

Keeping the whiteboards in the chair pockets helps save those valuable classroom minutes.  Not passing them out every time we need them and not having to fish through messing desks to find them is also a huge help!

Keeping the whiteboards in the chair pockets helps save those valuable classroom minutes. Not passing them out every time we need them and not having to fish through messing desks to find them is also a huge help!

These are what I use for whiteboard erasers.  You can get them at Home Depot for FREE!  They are the perfect size and they are carpet samples so they last a long time!

These are what I use for whiteboard erasers. You can get them at Home Depot for FREE! They are the perfect size and they are carpet samples so they last a long time!

The erasers could fit in a jean pocket or in a basket with the markers and other classroom essentials!

The erasers could fit in a jean pocket or in a basket with the markers and other classroom essentials!

I even made extras for my computer area.  They are perfect to hold the headphones for the laptops!

I even made extra jean pockets for my computer area. They are perfect to hold the headphones for the laptops!

Chloe was a BIG help during our Granny Sweatshop as well!

Chloe was a BIG help during our Granny Sweatshop as well!

A huge thank you to my wonderful grandmas, Heather, and everyone who donated jeans to make these!  You are the best!  Love you!

A huge thank you to my wonderful grandmas, Heather, and everyone who donated jeans to make these! You are the best! Love you!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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