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Student Chair Organizer Sewing Pattern

For a while now, I’ve been thinking of ways to help keep my daughter’s school stuff tidy, neat and easy to find. With a mix of homework assignments and after school tutoring, I’m hoping this student chair organizer will do the trick.

Student chair organizer filled with note books, paper and a pen.

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DIY Chair Organizer for Students

I can’t even count the number of times my eleven year-old has said, “where’d my pencil go?!” and “I need paper” and “where’s my eraser”; which perhaps are all ways of procrastinating but now I have a solution to this problem.

All of her supplies, notes and papers can be neatly stored in this chair organizer! So when we need to clear the table off for dinner, it’ll convienently go inside one of the pockets instead of getting misplaced throughout the house.

Student chair organizer placed over a dining chair.

The sewing pattern is designed to fit a chair back that measures no more than 18″ wide. The organizer fits over my dining room chair which is a standard parson’s style with a higher back. This is the same one I made dining chair slipcovers for last year.

Alternatively, the pattern can be adjusted to fit your chair if needed, just be sure to measure before cutting to make sure it’ll slide over the back of your chair.

A view of a student chair organizer next to a desk with school supplies and glasses.

Materials Needed:

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Instructions for Making a Student Chair Organizer:

Cutting

If you’re using the printable pattern, send the downloaded PDF file to print maintaining the scale as is and once printed tape all the connecting red borders together to form a complete pattern.

The chair organizer includes 3 pattern pieces: Chair Organizer FRONT (1); Chair Organizer BACK (2); and POCKET (3).

Pattern pieces for making a chair organizer.

Sewing

Finish one of the short ends of the shorter rectangular piece;  the chair organizer FRONT (1). This will form the finished hem on the front side. 

Finish one of the short ends of the long rectangular piece; the chair organizer BACK (2). This edge will form the opening to the chair organizer.

Fold and press the edges of the POCKET (3) piece in by ½” (WRONG side facing up) and then fold the pocket opening edge another ½” before stitching the hem along the opening.

Folding the edge of the canvas to create a pocket.

Position the prepared POCKET piece on top of the BACK piece matching circles and pin in place.

Positioning the pocket on the back of a larger piece of canvas.

Be sure to place the pocket in the right direction: the pocket opening edge should be closest to the finished hem. 

Pinning the pocket on the back of a larger piece of canvas.

Stitch the POCKET piece to the BACK piece with a ¼” topstitch along all three sides.

Sewing the pocket piece on top of a larger piece of canvas.

Fold the BACK piece RIGHT sides together matching notches. Sew from the folded edge to the first notch on both sides with a ½” seam allowance. 

Folding the right sides of the canvas together and sewing closed.

Clip the notch as close to the stitch as possible without going past it.

Scissors and a cut piece of canvas.

Turn the BACK piece right side out and poke the corners out so they lay flat.

Turning the canvas inside out to create an edge that sticks out.

With WRONG sides together, sew the two layers together along both sides from the first notch all the way to the top edge. Use a basting stitch. 

Place FRONT and BACK pieces RIGHT sides together. Sew the pieces together along all three sides with a ½” seam allowance.

Turn the chair organizer right side out. Stitch the seam allowance at the opening towards the back.

Student chair organizer filled with note books, paper and a pen.

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Student chair organizer filled with note books, paper and a pen with text overlay.

Student Chair Organizer Sewing Pattern

Jane and Sonja
Keep their workspace tidy with this DIY student chair organizer sewing pattern and tutorial.
5 from 2 votes

Materials
  

  • 7 oz 100% cotton canvas in natural 63″ wide
  • Sewing machine and matching thread
  • Fabric scissors
  • Printable Student Chair Organizer sewing pattern
  • Iron and ironing board

Instructions
 

Cutting

  • If you’re using the printable pattern, send the downloaded PDF file to print maintaining the scale as is and once printed tape all the connecting red borders together to form a complete pattern.

Sewing

  • Finish one of the short ends of the shorter rectangular piece; the chair organizer FRONT (1). This will form the finished hem on the front side.
  • Finish one of the short ends of the long rectangular piece; the chair organizer BACK (2). This edge will form the opening to the chair organizer.
  • Fold and press the edges of the POCKET (3) piece in by ½” (WRONG side facing up) and then fold the pocket opening edge another ½” before stitching the hem along the opening.
  • Position the prepared POCKET piece on top of the BACK piece matching circles and pin in place.
  • Stitch the POCKET piece to the BACK piece with a ¼” top stitch along all three sides.
  • Fold the BACK piece RIGHT sides together matching notches. Sew from the folded edge to the first notch on both sides with a ½” seam allowance.
  • Clip the notch as close to the stitch as possible without going past it.
  • Turn the BACK piece right side out and poke the corners out so they lay flat.
  • With WRONG sides together, sew the two layers together along both sides from the first notch all the way to the top edge. Use a basting stitch.
  • Place FRONT and BACK pieces RIGHT sides together. Sew the pieces together along all three sides with a ½” seam allowance.
  • Turn the chair organizer right side out. Stitch the seam allowance at the opening towards the back.
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