Pockets can easily be added to most of the garments you make, regardless of whether or not the original pattern has pockets, or you can add patch pockets to purses, tote bags, beach bags – whatever you’d like.
Many variations, kinds and sizes can be made, once you know the basics of how to make pockets. Today, we’ll cover one of the most basic of all – the Patch Pocket.
For a professional looking patch pocket all edges must be true and even. The best way to accomplish this is to make a pattern for the pocket. After cutting the pocket out, cut two or three small notches along the rounded corners of the pocket so the seam will lie flat (Figure 1). Turn and press all edges of the pocket and baste if necessary (Figure 2).
In order to get the right angles folded under on a pocket, you could make a cardboard pattern the “actual” pocket size (Figure 3). Place the cardboard pocket pattern on top of the pocket piece and press the seam allowances over the cardboard edge. You can leave the pocket plain or add a decorative trim to the top of the pocket by sewing four or five rows of stitching (Figure 4), or by adding seam binding to the top edge after it is turned, but before attaching it to the garment or bag.
To attach the pocket to the garment you can stitch close to the edge or up to 1/4″ away from the outside edges, whichever you would prefer.
The second pocket we’ll cover is an easy and quick way to make a side pocket for skirts, dresses, pants or shorts.
Normally, those patterns that have side pockets will have you cut out the pocket separately and attach them to the sides of the garments. An easier and quicker say to make the side pockets is to pin the pocket piece to the front and back pattern pieces and cut it all in one. When you sew the side seams, you’ll simply sew up TO the pocket, sew around the pocket, and continue sewing the rest of the side seam.
Clip into the corners (diagram 2) so the pockets will easily turn to the inside of the garment.