Pockets serve both decorative and functional purposes on clothing items. If you have a favourite pair of jeans that needs an extra pocket to fit your needs or style, alter it by adding a decorative, but functional, hip pocket. You can create a hip pocket with denim or other fabrics to add to your existing pair of trousers, shorts, a skirt or a dress. You only need basic level sewing skills to create a simple pocket, using a sewing machine or hand-stitching with needle and thread.
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Things you need
- Clothing iron
- Measuring tape
- Fabric marker
- Hem tape
- Needle and thread or sewing machine
Lay a 1/2-yard of fabric over an ironing board and iron it on a heat setting appropriate to the fabric you are using. Heavy cottons and denim require high heat, while polyester and delicate fabrics need medium to low settings.
Flip the fabric right-side down and mark off the pocket shape and size that you want. Use a measuring tape to measure the article of clothing to determine how large of a pocket it can accommodate.
Draw an outline around your pocket shape, about 1/4 inch out from the pocket shape. Follow the shape around and use the measuring tape to make sure the entire outline is 1/4 inch away from the pocket.
Connect the corners of the outline with the corners of the original pocket shape with diagonal lines from the outline corners to the pocket shape corners that match them.
Cut along the outline lines with scissors to remove the pocket from the piece of fabric. Cut along each diagonal line as well. This will help you fold hems around the edges.
Apply strips of hem tape along the edges of the pocket between the edges of the fabric and the drawn pocket shape. Do not cross over diagonal cuts; use separate strips for each section between diagonal cuts to border the pocket shape.
Fold along the pocket lines inward to press the taped edges onto the edges of the pocket shape to create a hem around the pocket. Iron over these folded edges with the clothing iron to crease them crisply.
Sew along the centre of the hems around the pocket in short and tight stitches, with a needle and thread or a sewing machine. Use a heavy duty thread that matches the colour of the fabric.
Iron the pair of trousers or other garment you are adding the pocket onto.
Hold the finished pocket, right side up, over the front hip of the garment and pin it in place where you want it.
Sew the pocket onto the garment, along the bottom and sides, directly next to the hem stitching with needle and thread or a sewing machine. Use the same colour thread that you used for the hem.