Pockets are useful and can add a
decorative touch to any garment, or can be added to a cloth handbag. Many
different kinds and sizes can be made, once you know the basics of pocket
making. In this project, we'll cover one of the most basic of all - the
For a good looking patch pocket all edges
must be true and even. To achieve this it is a good idea to make a pattern
for the pocket. After cutting out the pocket, cut two or three small
notches on each of the rounded corners of the pocket so the seam will lie flat
(Figure 1). Turn and press all edges of the pocket and baste if necessary
To be certain of getting the right angles
folded under on a pocket, you could make a cardboard pattern the
"actual" pocket size (Figure 3). Place the cardboard pattern on
top of the pocket piece and press the seam allowances over the cardboard edge.
You can add a decorative trim to the top of the pocket by sewing four or
five rows of stitching (Figure 4), or by adding seam binding to the top edge
after it is turned, but before attaching it to the garment.
To attach the pocket to the garment you
can stitch close to the edge or up to 1/4" away from the
outside edges, whichever you would prefer.