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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 Patch Pocket.

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 (Figure 2).

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.


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