How to Sew a Front Hip Pocket

Written by emily weller
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If you are sewing a pair of trousers or a skirt, you can add a front hip pocket to the garment, even if there isn't one in the original design. You can also add a pocket to a finished pair of trousers or skirt, though doing so will require that you tear the stitching out of the side seams. Use a thin cotton fabric for the pocket and its lining so that it won't add too much bulk to the finished garment.

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Things you need

  • 1/2 yard cotton fabric
  • Marker
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Seam ripper (optional)
  • Trousers, skirt or front piece of to-be-completed trousers or skirt
  • Straight pins
  • Matching thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron and ironing board

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    Fold the fabric in half, right sides together. Draw a pocket shape on the fabric. The shape can be a simple rectangle, or you can make one side slightly round. Make one side of the shape the same length of the hips of the trousers or skirt. Look at a pocket in another pair of trousers for reference if you need help drawing the shape.

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    Cut shape out of the two layers of fabric. One piece will be the lining and the other the back of the pocket.

  3. 3

    Turn the skirt or trousers right side in, if you're adding a pocket to a finished pair. Tear the stitches out of the seam on the side, starting from just below the waistband and continuing the length of the hip pocket.

  4. 4

    Turn the trousers or skirt right side out again. If you're making a pair of trousers or a skirt, lay the front piece of the trousers or skirt right side up on your work surface. Pin the lining piece to the edge of the trousers, where you tore the seam, or where you want the pocket to sit. Stitch the lining to the trousers or skirt with 3/8 inch seam.

  5. 5

    Trim any excess seam fabric from the lining, then fold the lining back behind the trousers or skirt. Iron the seam that joins that lining to the trousers flat. Topstitch along the edge of the seam to secure it.

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    Unfold the lining so that it is just next to the outside of the trousers. Place the back pocket piece on top of it, wrong side facing out. Pin along the three sides, leaving the edges that touch the pant open. Sew the pocket piece to the lining on the three sides.

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    Adjust the stitch on your machine to a zigzag stitch and stitch along the edge of the three sides to cover the raw edges. Fold the pocket back behind the pant or skirt piece or tuck into the finished trousers.

  8. 8

    Pin remaining side of the back pocket piece to the back side of the finished trousers or skirt, and sew together, so that you won't have a gaping hole in the trousers.

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