Today I made some chair bags for the boys to take back to school to keep all those school books I was complaining about covering yesterday!
I have made quite complicated versions in the past with lining, lots of pockets, personalised with their name. Today I was really after a slightly quicker option (but still with pockets) given how close it is to school starting! I still wanted the strength of the lined version so I used rubber backed curtain fabric that I just happened to have in my stash. Here’s a quick tutorial…
1. Cut a rectangle of fabric 50cm wide by 90cm long.
2. Cut a second rectangle 50cm wide by 25cm long. This will act as the flap that goes over the chair.
3. Now cut some small squares or rectangles in contrasting fabric to form pockets on the front of the bag. I cut one large one for books 30cm by 30cm and a tall narrow one for rulers and pens 12cm x 30cm. I overlocked the edge of each square and then folded and pressed the fabric edges before sewing around the edge.
4. Next I folded the large rectangle of fabric in half with the right side of the fabric on the outside. I placed the hemmed pockets onto the fabric and pinned them in place before sewing them. Be careful to leave enough space on the edges to allow for the side seams.
5. Next step is to sew the smaller rectangle of fabric to the top of the large rectangle to form the flap to slip over the chair. To do this you will need to sew the right side of the small rectangle to the wrong side of the large rectangle. Then fold the fabric flap over before top stitching on the right side of the larger piece.
6. Next you need to hem the edge of the small rectangle, now attached to the large rectangle, and the bottom edge of the large rectangle.
7. With right sides of the fabric together, and the flap folded down, pin the edges together and sew.
8. I then covered the seam with bias binding, but over locking would be fine too.
I know there are lots of steps here…and I’m hoping it all makes sense. If you have any questions please just let me know and I’ll try to clarify. It may seem like a lot of work but it really is quite straight forward if you can decipher my instructions. And the best part is that in the end your child will have a unique chair bag, like no one elses in the class – hopefully in a good way!!!