How to Sew Pants Pockets
Pants pockets are essential for carrying everyday items such as keys, wallets, or phones. The art of sewing pants pockets may seem intimidating at first, but it’s a surprisingly easy skill to master. In this article, we’ll walk you through a step-by-step guide on how to sew pants pockets that are both functional and stylish.
1. Pants pattern with pocket design
2. Fabric for pants and pockets (main material and lining)
5. Sewing machine
6. Matching thread
7. Iron and ironing board
Step 1: Prepare the Pattern and Cut the Fabric Pieces
First, find a pants pattern that includes pocket designs or modify an existing pattern to include pockets if needed. Ensure that you have sufficient fabric for both your pants and pocket pieces.
Follow the pattern guidelines to cut out the pocket pieces from both the main fabric and lining material. You should have:
– Two pairs of pocket facings (curved or angular shaped)
– Two pairs of pocket bags (rectangular or square shaped)
Step 2: Sew the Pocket Facings to the Front Pants Pieces
Take one front pant piece and align one pocket facing along the edge where the pocket needs to be sewn, right sides facing each other. Stitch along the curve or angle of the pocket facing, using a ⅜ inch seam allowance, then clip into the seam allowance at intervals without cutting through the stitching line.
Press open the seam allowance on both pieces with an iron, then fold and press under any raw edges on each pocket facing.
Step 3: Attach Pocket Bags to Pocket Facings
Now take one pocket bag piece and align it with its corresponding prepared pocket facing, right sides together along their corresponding outer edge. Stitch together with a ⅜ inch seam allowance, and press open the seam. Repeat with the second front pant piece and pocket bags.
Step 4: Attach the Back Pant Pieces
Once both front pant pieces have the pocket facings and bags attached, it’s time to join them with the back pant pieces.
Place the front and back pant pieces right sides together, ensuring that the top waist edge is aligned. Pin along the side seam, making sure to pin only the pocket bag to itself around its outer edge, then sew this entire side seam from the top of the pants down to the ankle, incorporating the pocket bag in a seamless line.
Repeat for both legs, then continue sewing your pants according to your pattern instructions.
You’ve now successfully sewn pants pockets! While it may seem like a challenging task at first, following these step-by-step instructions will help you confidently sew pockets on any pair of pants. With a bit of patience and practice, you’ll find that sewing pants pockets can be a fun and rewarding addition to your sewing skillset.