Up the ante by adding pockets to restyle a tired garment in your wardrobe or easily add then to a sewing pattern. Meghan Hunt shows how to add patch pockets

Patch pockets are versatile and very easy to sew, and can be found on anything from shirts and trousers to purses, dresses, tops, bathrobes and more.

Steps to make
1. Cut two pocket pieces using the template at the back, or drafting your own by cutting a rectangle that is 2cm wider and 3.5 cm taller than the desired pocket size.

2. On the right side of the pocket, mark 2.5cm down from the top of the pocket. Fold down with right sides together and press.

3. Using a 1cm seam allowance, sew down one side, across the bottom, and up the other side of the pocket. This secures the folded top down and creates a fold line. Don’t sew across the top. 4. Flip the folded section right side out so that the wrong sides of the fabric are now together.

4. Flip the folded section right side out so that the wrong sides of the fabric are now together.

5. Press the remaining sides of the pocket in towards the middle, folding along the stitching line as your guide. For nice and neat corners, fold the corners at a 45-degree angle.

6. Turning the pocket to the right side, stitch 2 cm from the top, catching the folded edge underneath. This secures the top folded edge of the pocket in place.

7. To attach the patch pocket to your garment, place your garment right side up and position the pocket on top. It may be helpful to secure it in place with pins. Then, sew along the edge of the pocket, starting on one side, stitching across the bottom, and sewing up the other side. Don’t stitch the pocket closed across the top. You now have a beautiful patch pocket!

Secrets of a stylish patch pocket:

  • Use a contrasting fabric to make your pockets stand out
  • Add extra detailing such as flap, pin-tuck or bias binding for a designer look.
  • To achieve perfectly straight edges: cut the pocket template from thin card minus the seam allowance and iron around that to get achieve the perfect shape pocket. Works even better on the curve edges.
  • Topstitch pockets in place with a contrasting colour thread.

This guest feature was written by Meghan Hunt. For more excellent tutorials visit her blog: MadebyMeg