Thursday, August 27, 2015

Chair Bags

I posted a picture of my classroom on Instagram last week, and I had a question about the bags on my back of my kiddos' chairs.  You can see pictures of my classroom on the post I wrote yesterday about my classroom setup.

Our chairs are about 12 years old.  Our building was completely remodeled (new furniture, paint, flooring, etc) my first year of teaching.  When I see pictures of other classrooms, I'm not sure I have seen many chairs like ours. They have a little handle on the back, and the backs aren't very wide, making them not real conducive to your typical "seat sack".

My first 2 years of teaching I taught third grade language arts.  I had 2 sections of kids, so my homeroom kids used the desk and my afternoon class used these bags as their "desk".  When I moved to K, I took the bags with me for my kiddos to store things.

Here is a picture of the bag on a chair.  The bags are about 15" long.  They are made from a thick fabric.  Mine have the polka dot fabric on the inside with a lining between the 2 layers of fabric.  A retired aide from our building made these (I spent all of my "fees" money on these my first year...we don't get that money anymore).  Another kindergarten teacher had her mom make them using duck canvas.  The handle is about 20" but doesn't hang that far down; that is just how long the piece of fabric is.  It is sewn into the bag a little bit as well.

Below is a photo of the inside of the bag.  This year my kiddos keep their home/school folder in their bags and their bag of independent reading books in there daily.  In the past I've included school boxes as well, but we're using community supplies this year.  I use binder clips (2) to clip their name tags to the bags.

These have held up very well over the years!  The only repairs have been because of human error.  My kiddos have to be reminded to hang up both handles so the materials in their bag don't pull on the bag (had to have some seams reinforced).  I wash them at the end of the school year in preparation for the next year, though they are easy to throw in the washer if needed throughout the year.

If you have any other questions about these or other things you've seen in my room, please leave a comment!


  1. Ok totally love these!!!! My chairs aren't good for this though...but it definitely gives me an idea! I have chair pockets but mine are looking a hot mess...and honestly it's about time to change them out for something different. But canvas bags would work great....I love the hanging idea! Thanks Amanda!!!!! I totally nagged you on Instagram about them! :)

    Mrs. Thigpen's Kindergarten

    1. I love my bags too! I wouldn't trade them in, and my "originals" are the best. I didn't choose the fabric but it goes great with our building scheme and I can kind of make it work with anything by changing out their name tags. They were not cheap (about $10 a piece) but worth every penny of it!