One thing about a home-school is that it often doesn’t have the space that an ordinary classroom has. That limits the room you have for displaying learning props, hanging a chalk board, and otherwise decorating the classroom. Many home schools don’t have the traditional desk that is found in a regular classroom. For the home-schooled student the desk is often a table. No matter what you use for a desk you still need a place to put your notebooks, pens, pencils and other school supplies. Use the arm of the student’s chair to make a storage area that can hold a lot. When the chair is needed for purposes other than schooling the organizer can quickly be removed.
Measure from the arm of the chair to the floor to get a general idea of how long to cut the fabric for the organizer. To decide on the width, measure the length of the chair arm. Cut two pieces of cloth to these measurements to start the simple sewing job. Pin the two pieces together, with right sides facing, then begin sewing.
Stitch down one long side of the material, across the short side, then back up the opposite, long side of the fabric. Turn the material right-side-out and press. Stitch across the open area of the fabric then press again with a warm iron.
Lay the cloth in front of you with one of the short ends facing you. Fold the edge facing you up towards the center of the fabric. It can be helpful to lay a notebook on the folded fabric to make sure the pocket will be deep enough to accommodate it. Pin the corners of the pockets in place. Sew down the two sides of the pocket then turn it right-side-out.
Drape the material over a chair arm so that the pocket is on the outside of the arm. Mark the area where the pocket corners meet the fabric on the opposite side of the arm. Sew a length of ribbon to these two marked areas as well as the pocket corners. Velcro dots can be used instead of the ribbon ties.
Make the large pocket into more than than one by sewing vertical lines down the pocket. Be sure to back-tack at the beginning and end of each line of stitching. Make one large pocket for notebooks and such then other pockets to hold a ruler, pens or other things.
The home-school armchair organizer is an easy sewing project that’s very useful. Tie it on when school starts then remove it when you dine or otherwise use the chair. Make one for your student and one for yourself!