How to Add Pockets to a Sewing Project

5 Materials
30 Minutes

It’s the easiest thing ever to add a pocket to a sewing project!

If your pattern doesn't come with a pocket, you can cut out 4 squares to substitute. You can also find free pocket patterns on Pinterest.

Tools and materials:

  • Self or contrast fabric
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron
Attaching pocket pieces

1. Attach the pocket pieces

Pin each pocket piece to the right side of your skirt or pants, at the side seams.

Most patterns will show you where to place them but if not, about 8 inches (20 cm) from the waist works most of the time.

Attaching pocket pieces

Pin them to both sides of the back and front of your garment. 

Attaching pocket pieces

Sew them in place within the seam allowance.

Attaching pocket pieces

2. Top stitch

Flip the pieces outwards and iron them flat on the right side.

Top stitching

Top stitch as closely as possible to the edge.

Joining front and back

3. Join front and back

Place the two garment pieces together with the right sides facing.

Joining front and back

Sew down each side seam as far as the top of the pocket.

Sew around the pocket pieces and complete the rest of the side seam.

Joining front and back

Turn your garment right side out and press the seams flat.

Joining front and back

How to add pockets to a sewing project

And you’re good to go!

You can use the same method to add pockets to an existing garment. Just open part of each side seam and insert the pocket pieces, then sew them together.

Do you feel confident you could do this now? Let me know if you have any questions.

Next, learn how to DIY a Ruffle Bonnet.

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Suggested materials:
  • Self or contrast fabric
  • Pins
  • Scissors
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