Today I want to share with you a fairly simple way to add pockets to your garments. I’ll be honest with you. I never really use my pockets for storage. I just need somewhere to put my hands. LOL And, most of the times I want my pockets to be inconspicuous, kind of “just there”, without screaming “I’M A POCKET!!!”. (Unless I’m sewing for my boys, then lots of huge pockets are okay.:)
In-seam pockets are a great way to add pockets to a garment without taking away from the design. The three most popular types of in-seam pockets are: All-in-one, Separate in-seam, and Extension in-seam
Cut out 4 pocket pieces. Click here for pattern piece..
Determine placement of pocket. I measure 1″ down from the waistband (for skirt or pants). If I’m adding pockets to a dress or long top, I find the natural waist point of the garment and then measure approx. 1″ down.
Working with the front and back of your garment pieces, lay the two pieces on top of each other with right sides facing. Mark your placement for your pockets, matching placement points on both pieces of fabric. (use a pin or temporary marking tool)
Taking 2 opposite pocket pieces, turn the top fabric back and place a pocket on marked points. (Rt sides of pockets and fabric facing). Pin in place. (Repeat step for opposite site.)
Using a 3/8″ seam allowance. Sew the pocket pieces to the garment (* You can serge or zig-zag stitch the pocket pieces before attaching them to the garment. I finished my edges after attaching them to the garment) After attaching both pocket pieces, open the seams and iron flat. (Repeat step for opposite side.)
Lay both garment pieces together with rt sides facing. Match pockets and side seams. Sew one continuous stitch down sides of garment and around pocket piece using preferred seam allowance. I used 1/2″. (Repeat for opposite side.)
Turn garment rt side out. Iron seams.
That’s it! Super easy, right? Join me at DIYmaternity tomorrow for the full shirt tutorial.
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