How to Sew a Pocket on Any Garment
Pockets are one of the most useful features of any garment. They can hold your keys, phone, wallet, or anything else you need to carry around. But not all clothes come with pockets, or sometimes the pockets are too small or poorly placed. In this article, we will show you how to sew a pocket on any garment, whether it’s a shirt, pants, skirt, dress, or jacket. You will need some basic sewing skills and tools, as well as some fabric that matches or contrasts with your garment. Follow these simple steps and you will have a functional and stylish pocket in no time.
Step 1: Cut out the pocket pieces
The first step is to cut out the pocket pieces from your fabric. You can use a pocket template or draw your own shape. The size and shape of the pocket depend on your preference and the type of garment you are adding it to. For example, you can make a square, rectangular, curved, or angled pocket. You can also make a patch pocket, which is sewn on top of the garment, or an inset pocket, which is sewn into a seam. For this tutorial, we will make a simple patch pocket.
To cut out the pocket pieces, you will need two pieces of fabric that are slightly larger than your desired pocket size. Place them right sides together and pin them along the edges. Then, trace your pocket shape on the top piece of fabric using a fabric marker or chalk. Cut out the pocket shape along the traced line, leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance around it.
Step 2: Sew the pocket pieces together
The next step is to sew the pocket pieces together along the edges. You can use a sewing machine or hand stitch them with a needle and thread. Start from one corner of the pocket and sew along the edge until you reach the opposite corner. Leave a small gap of about 2 inches at the bottom of the pocket for turning it right side out later. Backstitch at the beginning and end of your stitching to secure it.
Step 3: Turn the pocket right side out and press it
Now that you have sewn the pocket pieces together, you need to turn them right side out through the gap you left at the bottom. Use your fingers or a chopstick to push out the corners and edges of the pocket. Then, press the pocket flat with an iron, making sure to fold in and press the seam allowance at the gap.
Step 4: Position and pin the pocket on the garment
The final step is to position and pin the pocket on your garment. You can use a ruler or a tape measure to find the center and level of your garment and mark it with a fabric marker or chalk. Then, place your pocket on top of your garment where you want it to be, making sure it is aligned with the center and level marks. Pin it in place along the edges.
Step 5: Sew the pocket on the garment
The last thing you need to do is to sew the pocket on your garment along the edges. You can use a straight stitch or a zigzag stitch on your sewing machine or hand stitch it with a needle and thread. Start from one corner of the pocket and sew along the edge until you reach the opposite corner. Backstitch at the beginning and end of your stitching to secure it. Repeat this for all four sides of the pocket.
Congratulations! You have just sewn a pocket on any garment. You can now enjoy using your new pocket for storing your essentials or adding some flair to your outfit.