patch pockets

sewing a pocket pattern

Using the pocket pattern piece, trace and cut out two pockets in the dress or contrasting fabric. Finish the sides with pinking shears, zig zag stitch or serger.

sewing a pocket pattern

Next, fold over the top of pocket 1/4 inch (6mm) to the inside and press.

sewing a pocket pattern

Fold over a second time, creating anywhere from 1/2 inch (12 mm) to 1 inch (2.5 cm) fold. Press and pin.

sewing a pocket pattern

Top stitch the fold, either from the wrong side or from the right side, using the fold line as a guide. You can also measure from the top fold and make a line using tailors chalk. Repeat with second pocket.

sewing a pocket pattern

With right sides facing, pin both pockets together.

sewing a pocket pattern

Switch to the largest stitch setting on your machine and baste the two pockets together using a 1/4 inch (6mm) seam allowance. Do not back-stitch at the beginning or end.

sewing a pocket pattern

Next turn the sewn pockets right side out, using fingers to push and smooth the curved edges.

sewing a pocket pattern

Give the edges of the sewn pockets a good pressing.

sewing a pocket pattern

Using a seam ripper, undo the basted stitches, carefully preserving the folded over edge.

sewing a pocket pattern

Remove the threads and carefully press both pockets. You now have a pair of symmetrical pockets with raw edges folded to the inside.

sewing a pocket pattern

Determine the best position for your pockets, pin to your dress and top stitch both pockets in place.