July 24, 2012

Cheap Chair Pockets...Take Two!


Hello bloggy friends! Well, I said I didn't want to go back into school yet but I just couldn't resist stopping by and trying out the chair pockets! 

In case you missed the previous post, I have been trying out those cheap nail aprons from Home Depot (not my original idea, but a wonderful one found in the sites mentioned yesterday!) as a way to hold a couple of books my students are currently reading, so they can pull them out easily whenever they have extra time to read.

So. I had done a lot of thinking about how they would work best, thanks to all of your insightful comments last night--thank you!

And here's what we ended up doing...and by "we", you know that means I dragged my poor sister to school!

I liked the idea of having the bags down lower on the legs of the chair (that way the kids wouldn't have to have the tied strings touching their backs--that would just drive me nuts!!). But when I tied the strings on, the whole apron started to slip a bit.

So...

We used Velcro instead!

We snipped off the apron strings and put some nice, heavy-duty Velcro in each of the four corners of the apron, then stuck them to the chair legs:
 And voila! The chair pocket was exactly where I wanted!



One of the other reasons I wanted the pocket so low was also thanks to your comments about chair stacking last night! With the pocket lower on the legs...

The chairs can be stacked on top of one another nicely. I don't have a second chair pocket yet to show you, but the legs of stacked chair can be seen above.

And here are some closeups of the second chair stacked on top of the pocket...

Now I am perfectly content, because I know it will work for my students! 

A bit more information I've learned: 

These chair pockets can't hold a ton of books and I don't think a folder can fit, but I have a separate location for those other items (very excited about that next one--coming to the blog very soon!!!). They are, however, absolutely ideal to hold my students books they are currently reading. And a small whiteboard.

I had some sweet requests to add the numbers to my shop the other day and they are now available. This file features numbers 1 through 40 (I hope that there aren't any class sizes that are even close to that high!!) and each page has two different sizes. The larger numbers are 5" by 5" and can cover the logo on the nail apron, as mentioned previously

The smaller numbers are 2.5" by 2.5" and can be used to label baskets, cubbies, and other student items. This file is available for $1.50 and you can see it in my shop by clicking on the preview below...

And so concludes my chair pocket adventure! I hope this will be of some help to anyone who is considering something similar. Thank you, as always, for visiting--your comments are one of the brightest parts of my day.  :)

46 comments:

  1. Looks great! Thanks for posting the number cards, I can't wait to use them :)

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  2. Golly girl... How did you know that was in my to-do list??? :)
    Elizabeth

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  3. Give our love to your sister! If she is ever bored, there are many of us who would love to put her to work!
    Camille
    An Open Door
    P.S. LOVE the chair pockets and all the detail in your post!

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  4. Love the velcro! That's a great idea. Thanks for putting the numbers in your store. They are on my wishlist!

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  5. I got these aprons a few weeks ago. Thank you for the velcro ideas and the numbered signs! FYI: When I told the Home Depot manager I was a teacher planning to use these in the classroom, I got a class set FOR FREE!

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    1. That's awesome Cynthia!!!

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    2. I also for mine for free at home depot.

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  6. As always, you are so helpful! Thank you
    Amy
    Where Seconds Count

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  7. Oh my! Absolutely love these! I look forward to reading through your blog a little each morning with my coffee ~ a definite highlight of my day!

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  8. The chair pockets look great! I can't wait to see what you do with their folders-- I need some new organization for specials folders and notebooks!
    ❤Teri
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

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  9. I am stealing this idea! I cannot wait, however, for your idea to store folders and other items. I use old beat up seat sacks that work fine, but they are not cute!!!

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  10. Such a cute idea! Unfortunately my kids have to stack their chairs every afternoon so that our custodians can vacuum. I have a feeling if I tried it, I'd end up with books everywhere.

    I love your class numbers. Your stuff has such a wonderful design to them!

    Mel

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  11. These are great! You are so brilliant and innovative!! Love it!

    Mallory

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  12. Love these! I have seat sacks but when they finally bite the dust I think I will be doing this. Didn't realize they hold so much.

    Marlene
    I Heart Teaching Elementary

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  13. Perfect! These are on my list of things to do. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. The velcro is a genius idea!! I love your great ideas Kristen!! Thanks for sharing! :)
    Lisa
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

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  15. I went right over to Home Depot last night (to the delight of my husband, I can assure you!) and bought a class set of those aprons. A composition notebook fits very nicely into one side but a folder is a bit too wide. I am debating now whether I want to have the kids keep books in there (which is my first choice) or a couple of other supply materials. oh the possibilities!

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  16. I LOVED this idea when I read it on your previous post!! :) I was trying to think of how to use these aprons on our chairs because they are shaped a little bit differently from "regular" chairs. Do you think that the aprons would work tied to the side of a desk? I was even thinking of putting a dot of hot glue on the desk legs to secure the corners. Granted, that means that would narrow down grouping possibilities with putting the desks together...what do you think???

    Amanda
    Sweeties In Second

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    1. Hi Amanda! I think that would hold them nicely, though I haven't tried hot glue myself so I'm not positive--I'm a huge hot glue fan though so I say go for it!

      If you use the Velcro with a sign to cover the logo, the sign could maybe be removed when you switch groups. I hope this helps! :)

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  17. I never would have thought to use a nail apron on chairs like that. What a smart idea! Thanks for sharing.
    Chrissy
    First Grade Found Me

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  18. That's a brilliant idea! And those signs are ADORABLE.

    Anisa @ Creative Undertakings

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  19. Great blog!!! I love your chair aprons and can't wait to try them...
    Rita
    Wild About School!

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  20. OK, want to know what got my attention? The Korean Cinderella. :) Must be an ELL teacher thing. Great idea with the Velcro and attaching them lower on the seat. I keep my students books in our table baskets, but you make me really want to try these. Too bad I bought some new boxes for my book boxes. Can't wait to show those off. So excited.

    M

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  21. I totally love all of this! I'm so appreciative to have read both of your posts and see how you were able to make them work for you. I was originally planning on buying tote bags... but this just may be a better fit for me. I read on another site that they tore the seam out of the middle to accommodate larger things. Do you think that if I were to attach this to a table or chair that a individual whiteboard would fit? I'm not sure what size mine are at school, and I know you mentioned that you had a small whiteboard fit.. but I wasn't sure what size it was. Yay sooo excited to try this out! :)

    Amanda
    Reaching for the TOP!

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    1. Hey Amanda! I didn't actually try the whiteboard yet, I would have to see if it actually fit (terrible spatial sense!). I know if it were seam-ripped like Courtney did on Miss Third Grade, that the whiteboard should definitely fit then. Thanks for visiting :)

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  22. Random question about the cute printables that you use....how do you print them for such good quality? Do you print them at home on a home printer or do you have them professionally done?

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    1. I just print them at home...I have a printer I really like. It's nothing special, just an HP Wireless one but it does a really nice job. :)

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  23. I get so excited when I visit your blog! I love it!

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  24. Hi Kristen!
    Soooo... you totally inspired me with this idea. I ran right out to the Home Depot ( I am in Canada so I wasn't sure if we'd have them)...and got a class set at a discount from the manager :) Unfortunately, the nail aprons in Canada had a little orange logo dude beside the orange home depot logo. Ugh. Too much to cover with your numbers...soooo I pulled out the duck tape. Oh my gosh it looks good. I put zebra duck tape up both seams like bias tape, and along the bottom. I used purple duck tape across the logo and outlined it with a strip on each side with the zebra tape. Now, I can add simple white avery labels with the kids names ( they stick easily now to the duck tape), then pop them off next year. Thank you SO much - I would NEVER have come up with this on my own. THANK YOU!!!!
    Kathy
    klwalks@gmail.com

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  25. This is such a GREAT idea! I made chair pockets for all of my chairs one year. I loved them, but they were a ton of work and pretty expensive. This is an easy - no sew - super cheap - alternative! LOVE it!
    Melanie
    scrappychicteacher.blogspot.com

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  26. These are awesome!! Thanks for sharing them. I have to make a trip to Home Depot SOON!

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  27. Hello All! I'm new to this blog, but am quickly finding that I'll be visiting more. I just wanted to give you another easy solution for chair sacks, though not free. There's an online site that sells irregular pillowcases or if they have extras of the colors I suppose - google cheap pillowcases. Take the case, fold it inside out, then fold the opening back up half way. Sew the edges, and it fits right over the chair. I've made them for about 3 years now and the kids love them. They put folders in the side they lean against (if they want), and books in the back. This year I decorated them with a paw and their name.

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  29. Hi Kristen! Our first grade team has been looking for a fun, cheap way to organize our classroom. (Whatever happened to having individual desks so the kids can have their own space instead of those awful time wasting cubbies?!) These are really a great idea. I checked the Home Depot site and they still sell for $.77 each - yea! As you posted this at the start of last school year, I wanted to know how they worked out for you and how the kids liked them. Also, your number set is really cute as well. Alas, each of our five first grade classes would need to use up to at least number 36. Sigh. Keep up the good work!

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  30. I love this idea:) Did you use adult or kid sized aprons?

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  31. Fabulous idea! Off to steal now :)

    Stephanie
    Teaching in Room 6

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  32. what an amazing idea! I HAVE to see if this works with my chairs at school! Gotta love the 'less than a dollar' crafts!

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  34. I found your idea on pinterest and love it. I teach fourth grade and want to use it for their chapter books. They have book sacks now (just reusable grocery bags) but they fall off and are a pain! How many chapter books would you say fit in the nail apron pockets?

    Thanks,

    Angela

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  35. Also...how are the numbers holding up now that you've been using them for half the year?

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  36. I'm curious to see how your pockets held up... I did the same, but without the velcro (we are a fairly new building, so marking up the chairs is majorly against the rules). By March, about 8 of my 26 pockets were falling apart and by June 75% were useless. I think I am going to suck it up for seat pockets this year...

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  37. JB123...I tied mine around the side of my students desks in February. They're still holding up great!!!

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  38. JB123...I tied mine around the side of my students desks in February. They're still holding up great!!!

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