Seat sack tutorial by Liz Noonan

Liz Noonan is an artist and crafter working north of Boston.  You can read about her on her blog, and see what she’s crafting lately in her Etsy Shop, here [Liz is offering readers a 10% discount off their total purchase in her shop use this discount coupon code: WhipUp10

Thank you for having me over on Whip Up today! My second graders classroom has very little space, so we came up with this idea for making a bag that hangs over the chair, for each student. Each “Seat Sack” has a large pocket for notebooks and other large items, as well as a smaller pocket, on the front, for pens, pencils, markers or other smaller supplies. I made about 50 of these total, since I made some for my other daughters’ kindergarten class as well.  The tricky part was figuring out how to do this in as few steps as possible. I’m offering this tutorial today to show others how to make them as well.

Supplies needed for each “Seat Sack”:

  • 1/2 yard (45 cm) heavy weight fabric, cotton twill or canvas
  • 9–11 inch (22–29 cm) piece of heavy fabric for a pen pocket on the front, optional.
  • Thread
  • Each finished sack will be approx 15 inches wide by 14 inches long (38 x 35 cm)
What you need to do:
  1. Start with your 1/2 yard of fabric, press and finish top and bottom edges.
  2. Stitch your front pocket about 2 inches (5 cm) from the top of the front pocket, and center it.
  3. Press your 1/2 yard into approx thirds: the pen pocket section should be about 12 inches (30 cm), and the other two thirds will be about 14 inches (35 cm) each, these measurements will vary depending on the width of the fabric you buy and includes a half inch seam allowance.
  4. Fold your front pocket up, so that it measures 12 inches (30 cm) and press the bottom.
  5. For the rest of the fabric, the middle is half the distance of the rest of the fabric, so measure up halfway (about 14 inches) and press so that the end of the fabric covers the front pocket. It will look like a kind of sandwich – it should cover the pocket.
  6. Sew this side seam with a small straight stitch or serge so that it is strong. I reinforced the bottom seams for good measure.
  7. Turn your “Seat Sack” inside out and you’re finished!