Chair bags - I want to cry!

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DD has to have one. But all the ones the school are trying to sell are gross. I have been told they are easy to make, but they really don't look it. The cotton is pretty tough and it would take me MONTHS to sew (can't even sew on a button and don't own an iron type), and next year is approaching too fast.

DD wants a pretty one, with her name on and a few felt flowers etc. so I was hoping to buy a very plain one and then add some things (probably stick on with superglue).

Any ideas?

MustTidyUpMustTidyUp Wed 03-Jul-13 09:46:47

Wonder web?

What's a chair bag ? <thick emoticon>

CrowsLanding Wed 03-Jul-13 09:48:02

What is a chair bag? confused

FluffyDavis Wed 03-Jul-13 09:51:41

Is it something like this?
concentrate

Though I don't want one that pretentious!

According to the woman who sold them at the school wonderweb wouldn't be strong enough. It needs to hold a bottle of water, books, pictures and the book bag.

hmm seriously? They have to have one?? Good grief

Yes. Overcrowded London school with no space.

School sell them in paisley for £6.50. I just want plain. They said they don't sell plain because they get grubby.

Surely paisley gets grubby too, you just can't see it.

kilmuir Wed 03-Jul-13 09:59:34

never heard of them but looks like a pillowkase in that photo

Dylon and fabric paints?

CusheyButterfield Wed 03-Jul-13 10:00:33

etsy?

We had these as kids. I'm fairly sure my mam made them from tea towels and wonder web!

LackaDAISYcal Wed 03-Jul-13 10:00:38

there are some homemeade ones on ebay, but from Australia or the US. Are you in the UK?

LackaDAISYcal Wed 03-Jul-13 10:02:42

Do you know anyone in RL who could make one?

Or any crafty MNers? Felted knitting/crochet would make a nice strong one.

CusheyButterfield Wed 03-Jul-13 10:06:02

Or these ones are much more reasonable on EBay. You could stick on some flowers to personalise it.

Moomoomie Wed 03-Jul-13 10:06:29

Could you buy a school one and then customise it? You could sew a patch of different fabric on the front which can be decorated.

PastSellByDate Wed 03-Jul-13 10:07:24

Would a sturdy clothe book bag work? Maybe one with long handles?

You can adjust handles (maybe cut them and just tack down ends) & tie into place.

If it has deep outside pockets - perfect for water bottle & pencil case.

H&M do iron one patches - that wouldn't involve sewing & would make it distinct.

HTH

UK yes.

Never heard of these before but they fab.

Look fab, they look fab, sigh.

MrsDeVere Wed 03-Jul-13 10:12:09

That there is a pillowcase!

Don't use superglue.
You can get fabric glue or buy iron on patches from ebay.

Pillow cases are really easy to make. Find a pattern on the internet. You can do it. Its only straight lines.

Saying all that ^^^^

I am flipping glad we don't have these at DC's school grin

Great. Thank you. Lots of ideas. I don't feel so miserable now.

Perhaps a school one with a new front, or ask someone to make one. Apparently it is fast if you have a sewing machine and know how to use it.

I can sew in straight lines sure, but it would be tough to get the needle through the stiff fabric and take forever wouldn't it?

Need to remember - fabric glue.

No idea where to get it but presumably online!?

I got some fancy stuff that can print a photo onto fabric transfer so might do something like that.

Startail Wed 03-Jul-13 10:17:01

I like sewing and could make one with a pattern or a lot of time, but it really needs interfacing and good fabric.

It's likely to work out way cheaper to buy one (especially if you don't sew and have to buy everything).

Can you personalise the school ones by bonder webbing or sewing a panel of pretty fabric or her name on the back.

I like the idea, I know some classes where one child trying to get up disturbs 10 others.

The idiot who passed that shoe box sized extension as fit for purpose, needed to try and work there.

Sokmonsta Wed 03-Jul-13 10:17:36

Turn a plain pillowcase inside out so the folded bit goes over, decorate and ta-da!

Would definitely be big enough to hold a book bag.

paintinglady Wed 03-Jul-13 10:19:30

I could make you one , but i would need to know the measurements . I have no idea what size a chair would be in a primary school !
I would be happy to do it for the cost of the fabric .

outoffuel Wed 03-Jul-13 10:22:13

This one is lovely and plain- in the USA but do ship to UK. Not sure how much postage would be though! plain bag

LackaDAISYcal Wed 03-Jul-13 10:29:52

Yup, as a very basic sewer myself, I would buy the school one (as you know it will be the right size), glue or sew a plain panel onto the front of it in a co-ordinating colour, and then decorate that as DD wants it. That way hers will be a bit more individual and easy to find in a classroom full of them.

MrsDeVere Wed 03-Jul-13 10:29:58

You are right. I was thinking you have a sewing machine.
I must remember not everyone has one three grin

Are you friendly with anyone at school who will be making one? Can you ask them to do you one if you pay for yours and their fabric?

LaChaiseVerte Wed 03-Jul-13 10:31:27

Try crafty fb sellers, most eill fo custom orders. Try The Fabric Bug, Oh Sew Nice, Carrie's Crafts, Sew Domesticated, you're sew lovely, etc.

LackaDAISYcal Wed 03-Jul-13 10:31:49

I can't help have visions of 30 chairs tipping back simultaneously when the children stand up confused...how safe are these when loaded up with books and water bottles?

GibberTheMonkey Wed 03-Jul-13 10:34:50

Somewhere like nitnac would make you one to your requirements

ChippingInWiredOnCoffee Wed 03-Jul-13 10:43:01

PaintingLady to the rescue smile <see post at 10.19 !! <though might have to change her name to 'sewing lady' smile

ChunkyPickle Wed 03-Jul-13 10:43:30

Killmuir and MrsDeVere have it bang on, you could just make one from a pillowcase - buy a pillowcase with a deep envelope bit, turn it inside out, and bobs your uncle!

You could cut down the sides a bit and just fold/wonderweb it in so the pocket opening is down a bit rather than at the top of the chair.

Hmmm unless the chairs are very narrow in comparison to a pillowcase... but you could just fold that over probably.

Periwinkle007 Wed 03-Jul-13 11:00:10

never heard of them although it does look quite a good idea if it keeps stuff off the floor I suppose but my daughter's class haven't even each got a chair so....

I would just buy a pillowcase and stitch a couple of ties on it so it ties round the chair then cut a hole in it in the right place.

ClayDavis Wed 03-Jul-13 11:00:37

LackaDAISYcal, that's exactly what happens. Fine when the children are sitting on the chairs, but unless the school has very sturdy chairs (and most don't) the children stand up and 30 chairs crash to the floor simultaneously. It's an annoying PITA. Desks with some storage are a much better idea.

Periwinkle007 Wed 03-Jul-13 11:01:13

just saw others have said similar. good point about when kids stand up and chairs tip up and do they not potentially (if full) affect fire escape routes because space between tables will be smaller as a result of them

HairyMaclary Wed 03-Jul-13 11:04:31

Omg - I know the woman who does the blog you linked to at the beginning! I've lost touch with her since we moved back to the UK but can now contacther again! Thank you Starlight!

Can't help with the chair bag though!

Oh nostalgia we always had chair bags (Australia). FYI pretty sure the one you linked to in the first blog is made with fabric from ikea.

Periwinkle007 Wed 03-Jul-13 12:47:37

yeah why do they not have desks any longer? I don't remember storage being a problem when we were at primary schools with desks, everything went in it, easy, floor was clear - bags and coats on hooks, no problems. someone needs to make school desks trendy and cheap enough again I think

MiaowTheCat Wed 03-Jul-13 20:47:01

My first thought was chair tipping... second is lots of leaky water bottles and the fabric going all manky over time.

School I worked at used to have pupil trays on runners underneath each desk at every space a child would sit at - much neater solution.

MisForMumNotMaid Wed 03-Jul-13 20:57:03

I instantly thought pillow case with the flap turned out. Others got there sooner!

Then print out her name in big letters, cut out, trace it the wrong way round onto the back of bondaweb 1.99 of ebay delivered ironed onto colourful fabric, cut it out, peel off the backing and iron it onto your chair bag.

If you want it to have the hand sewn look do big stitches around the ironed on letters.

You'll have enough iron on stuff to do pretty butterfly's etc.

lougle Wed 03-Jul-13 21:05:07
2kidsintow Wed 03-Jul-13 21:36:13

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