How to sew the perfect patch pocket

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.

How to sew patch pockets

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.

Step by step in how to make the perfect patch pocket

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.

Step by step in how to make the perfect patch pocket

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.

Step by step in how to make the perfect patch pocket

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

Step by step in how to make the perfect patch pocket

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.

Step by step in how to make the perfect patch pocket

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.

Step by step in how to make the perfect patch pocket

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!

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


Pep up your patch pocket

Patch pockets are one of the most common pockets you’ll come across but they needn’t go unnoticed. Here are some tips to make them extra special:

  • Use a contrasting or printed fabric to make your pockets stand out.

  • If your fabric has a print, trace your pocket template onto tracing paper to help you decide exactly what part of the design will show on the pocket.

  • Add extra detailing such as flap, pin-tuck or bias binding for a designer look.

  • Topstitch pockets in place with a contrasting coloured thread.

  • Always sew a triangle or square of additional stitching at the top of the pocket sides to reinforce and avoid tearing with constant use.

  • Why not try draft your own custom patch pocket?

  • They needn’t be square - curved patch pocket look very stylish. Remember to clip into the corners so that curve will lay flat.

  • Always press your pocket at every stage. To achieve straight edges, cut the pocket template from thin card minus the seam allowance and use with the fabric to iron around to get a perfectly neat pocket. This will also work on curved edges too.

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