This is a very simple, yet effective way to display kids artwork, whether it be at home or school. 

The twins preschool teacher asked me to put this one together a couple of weeks ago.  These pockets are perfect not only for displaying paintings and drawings on paper, but also for holding other artwork such as decorated paper plates, puppets, pasta or beaded jewelery, and small clay creations to name a few.

how to display classroom artwork


A large piece of burlap

Clear Vinyl

Embroidery thread and a needle.

To make:

Lay a standard sheet (8.5 x 11) of paper over the vinyl.  Rule about 1cm extra around each side and cut out.  Use this as your stencil.  

When you have cut out enough vinyl rectangles to fill the Burlap, lay each piece of vinyl down and mark the corners with a fabric marker so you don't lose their positioning as you are sewing.

Using embroidery thread and a needle stitch the sides and bottom of each piece of vinyl to the burlap. The seam should be approx 5mm.  This will allow a little extra room for projects that have items stuck to the paper.

Tip: Make a narrower one of these to hang on the back of your kids playroom or bedroom door to display their artwork as they bring it home.  A couple of eyelets at the top will enable you to hang it on small hooks.

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Dawn Sandomeno September 18, 2010 - 3:13 am

I love this idea Tonya – I may try it for the boys bedrooms.

Cheryl September 19, 2010 - 7:46 pm

Beautiful, Tonya! Looks so like a quilt, and just as sentiment inducing!

Tonya Staab September 20, 2010 - 7:38 am

I noticed that my project was featured on a number of sites this morning and one question being asked was whether it can be sewn on a sewing machine.

I’m sure it can, however my little sewing machine couldn’t handle it. I’m not sure if it was a combination of the vinyl not feeding properly under the foot, the thickness of both the burlap and vinyl combined or something else, but after several attempts I resorted to hand-stitching with a double strand of embroidery thread.

Thank you to everyone who has linked to it.

Mandi September 20, 2010 - 10:33 am

What about using regular fabric instead of the burlap?

Tonya Staab September 20, 2010 - 11:03 am

Absolutely Mandi, you could use fabric, I’m thinking it would have to be a heavier weight though so it would hang nicely – maybe something more along the line of canvas?

I used burlap because that is what my kids preschool provided for the project.

Elizabeth September 21, 2010 - 5:51 pm

Beautiful! I want to try this. Where do you get vinyl? Just at the craft/fabric store? Thanks!

Ruthanne September 30, 2010 - 3:20 am

What a fun idea! I may do this in our schoolroom.

I’m adding this to my Tumblr site so I won’t forget. 😀

Tonya Staab September 30, 2010 - 2:12 pm

Yay.  If it inspires one person then my post has been worthwhile.  Send me a photo if you end up doing it, I'd love to see.

Tonya Staab October 6, 2010 - 11:55 am

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Cheena September 9, 2011 - 3:05 am

Hi Tonya!
You have some amazing ideas 🙂 Thanks for sharing these!!



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