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Old 07-17-2012, 08:26 AM
 
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I want to make chair bags for my class to save money. I have directions that were posted here on PT. Now I need to know what material is best. I went to the fabric store and the sales clerk had no idea what I was talking about and was no help. So I need those of you who can sew to help me out.
What is the best material to use that won't break my bank?
Can I do this with a hand held sewer?
How much material will I need to make 24 chair bags?
The dimensions of the directions are 45"L x 18" W.
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I used Duck Cloth (it's a strong canvas-like fabric that comes in several different colors) to make mine. They've lasted 5 years and most are still usable (my school is buying me new ones this year!). I'd wait until you find a 40% or 50% off coupon for JoAnn Fabrics. That will help the bottom line a lot!

When I made mine, I used a regular sewing machine. I'm not familiar enough with the hand sewers to be able to answer that one for you.

I want to say that I bought 10 yds of fabric but it was so long ago, I honestly don't remember. The clerk at the fabric store should be able to help you with that.
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I used a material similar to socks. I made mine last year using a serger and sewing machine. I made 23 using approximately 9 yards of fabric.
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I second the duck cloth suggestion - my mom used to use that to make aprons for waitressing.

However, I just went to Wal-Mart and picked up a strong, cheap cloth. It wasn't as canvassy as duck cloth, but it was still good. Just make sure you reinforce those seams!
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Another good thing about canvas duck is that the fabric is 60" wide, not 44"(?) like regular cotton fabric. Definitely wait for a good coupon, because I bought some for cushion covers recently, and it was about $10/yard everywhere I looked. I got it at Hobby Lobby for 40% off with a coupon.

My husband ordered these last year and they held up tremendously in his 1st grade room. They have different sizes and you can request what colors you want. The price isn't terrible if you aren't a fast sewer.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/SET-OF-25-SM...#ht_9690wt_932


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little aprons from Home Depot
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A friend just used the small aprons that are around 80 cents at Home Depot and recovered the front with cute bed sheet pieces. She used tacky glue to attach the bed sheet portions.

Not sure if this would be easier / cheaper for you.
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I really don't
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think a hand held sewer will do this job. Can you borrow a friend's machine?
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Somewhere on this site, someone suggested using jumbo book covers ($1.97 #walmart). I bought one and am going to try it before I purchase more. Turn one pocket inside out and hang over back of chair put stuff in the other pocket....sounds good, going to try it!
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for all of the suggestions. I am going to try the aprons at home depot. If if comes out great I will post a picture.
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I also heard about the book covers
Old 07-17-2012, 05:10 PM
 
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Please let us know how it works out! I'm curious!


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Old 07-17-2012, 05:55 PM
 
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I (well my mom) used full size pillow cases. They are going on 4 years! Just make sure as pp said- reinforce those seams!
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