How to: Patch Pockets

Finally I have gotten around to writing up how I did my patch pocket on each of my Hollyburn skirts, here and here

On cutting the skirt out, I omitted the pocket shaping on the front pattern piece, instead continuing to cut straight so the front and back pieces looked the same. I would recommend marking them as they are not quite the same.  Of course this pocket treatment could be used on any pattern, I would love to see it with a contrast lining, on a patterned skirt it would be fun to use a plain pocket lining or vice versa.

Making the pockets

Step 1 – Cut x4 pocket pieces in the chosen fabric, mine measured 23cm x 17cm (9″ x 6.5″). Place wrong sides together, and sew around the edges leaving an opening approximately 5cm (2″). Trim the seams and corners.

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Step 2 – Turn right side out and press, slip stitch the hole closed.
Step 3 – Fold back the flap as desired and press. Place a button hole in the corner of the turn back if you wish. For this version, I just sewed a decorative non-functional button on.

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Step 4 – Place pocket pieces on the skirt as desired making sure each side is the same distance from the top and side. Pin.

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Step 5 – Stitch around the edges without catching in the flap. I suggest reinforcing the ends with a triangular stitch as the below picture. This part of the pocket gets a lot of stress and is important to strengthen to prevent it tearing.

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Voila! Enjoy your new fancy pockets!! If you use this to make your own patch pockets, please share links in the comments, I would love to see.

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