Thursday, July 28, 2011

Add pockets to any pattern

It's very easy to add a pocket to any pattern that you have. I made a bag this weekend in which I used two different types of pockets, A patch pocket and a pocket incorporated into a seam. You need to put the pockets on first before you follow any of the sewing directions of the pattern.

Pocket incorporated into the seam:

I wanted to place two small pockets in the side seam band.

I took a piece of paper and placed it over the Side seam pattern piece, drew my outside lines so I would get the same width of the fabric, then I just estimated how deep I wanted the pocket and added my seam allowance. For those of you that own my 'Not so big Big Bag' Shoulder bag pattern This piece is 5" wide by 7" tall. I cut 2 piece of the outer fabric and 2 pieces of the lining fabric so I would have 4 pockets.

First you prep the top seam. Iron down 1/2 of the seam allowance which in my case is 1/4"

 Then Iron down again the rest of the seam allowance.

Then Stitch across the top, I stitch twice just for decoration.

The iron up the bottom seam allowance.

Position the pocket on the side panel were you want the pocket located, and pin the bottom in place and stitch the bottom of the pocket to the side panel. Repeat the same process for the rest of the pockets. I choose contrast color so my pockets can be a design feature as well as a functional pocket.

With the pockets in place you can then start the directions as outlined in you pattern.

Patch pocket:

First prep the top of the pocket, the same as above. Fold down 1/2 the seam allowance, fold down the rest of the seam allowance. Stitch the top seam.

Then fold up the bottom seam, and fold in the side seams.

The pin the pocket any where on any piece where you would like the pocket to be located. Then just stitch down one side, across the bottom and up the other side.

That easy! You can put a pocket anywhere.

Sorry for the different fabrics, I didn't think to take pictures of the steps until after I had finished the Bag this past weekend.

The only down side to making bags for sale, when you love bags, is that you want to keep them all for yourself. Well I love this bag so much I am keeping it for myself. It fits my binder and two text books perfectly. As some of you know I went back to school. Well I'm registered for the Fall semester and it starts August 29. I'll be taking a Black & White photography class, an Art History class and an English Composition class. I'll be 3 classes closer to a BA in Fine Arts!!

And here it is the bag I finished this weekend.

Here you can see the pockets incorporated into the seam.

And the patch pocket on the front. The bag is reversible.

Let me know if you need any help with adding pockets to a pattern???


PatriciaD said...

Ho, I like this post, too. You can make me one of those bags...hehehe!! I am so not good at sewing these days. Though I do have to tell you the best thing I've added a pocket to was a jean quilt I made for my brother. I cut the back pockets off with space around them and that was one of the squares in the quilt. I also cut the whole front panel out and that had two pockets on either side of the zipper. I put that panel as a combined two squares up near the top so as your throw the quilt over your legs (like for watching TV) you then have great pockets for the remote or pens/pencils, etc.

Sonia Barton said...

Patricia that is Genius!!! I'm going to have to put that one in my idea book, and make sure and put your name on it in case I have any questions when I get around to using it.


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