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Patch pockets with a faux flap
These are lovely added to a dress or skirt, with a decorative button sewn on.

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  • How to sew a patch pocket. Patch Pockets - Step 1
    Step 1

    This photo looks scarier than it really is!

    Cut out a square of paper measuring 15cm by 15cm.

    Rule in the Seam Allowances at 1.5cm. Mine are purple.

    Rule a line vertical line down the centre, 7.5cm from each edge. Mine is pink.

    Along this line, measure 4cm down from one Seam Allowance line. This is the black line between the two red circles.

    Parallel to this line, measure 2cm down from each of the edge Seam Allowance lines. This is the black line between the two pink circles.

    Rule a diagonal line between the lower red and pink circles, extending it out to the edge of the paper. Mine is green. Do the same on the other side.

  • How to sew a patch pocket. Patch Pockets - Step 2
    Step 2

    You will then have this:

  • How to sew a patch pocket. Patch Pockets - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cut along the diagonal lines, so it looks like this:

  • How to sew a patch pocket. Patch Pockets - Step 4
    Step 4

    Add a 1.5cm Seam Allowance to the diagonal edge on the smaller piece, and this is the pattern piece for the pocket top. The straight edges are parallel to the grainline.

  • How to sew a patch pocket. Patch Pockets - Step 5
    Step 5

    Cut out another 15cm by 15cm square, and this is the pocket pattern piece. Again the straight edges are parallel to the grainline.

  • How to sew a patch pocket. Patch Pockets - Step 6
    Step 6

    Cut out two of each piece in your fabric. Snip through the point of the pocket top, just inside the seam allowance. This will help to fold the seam allowance under.

  • How to sew a patch pocket. Patch Pockets - Step 7
    Step 7

    Fold the seam allowance (1.5cm) under to the wrong side, and press.

  • How to sew a patch pocket. Patch Pockets - Step 8
    Step 8

    Pin the pocket flap to one edge of the pocket, lining the edges up. The pocket flap and the pocket are both wrong side up. Sew this edge together across the top edge.

  • How to sew a patch pocket. Patch Pockets - Step 9
    Step 9

    Press the seam allowance down towards the pocket on the pocket right side. Trim the seam allowance to 1/4 inch.

  • How to sew a patch pocket. Patch Pockets - Step 10
    Step 10

    Press the pocket flap down on top of the pocket.

  • How to sew a patch pocket. Patch Pockets - Step 11
    Step 11

    Top stitch across the top edge, and also the diagonal edges of the pocket piece at 1/4 inch from the edge. (Sorry about the blurry photo!)

  • How to sew a patch pocket. Patch Pockets - Step 12
    Step 12

    With the wrong side up, press the side edges of the pocket in by 1.5cm.

  • How to sew a patch pocket. Patch Pockets - Step 13
    Step 13

    Turn the pocket so the right side is up. Press the bottom edge up by 1.5cm.

  • How to sew a patch pocket. Patch Pockets - Step 14
    Step 14

    Fold the side edges out flat. With the the right side up and the bottom edge still folded over, sew along the pressed crease 1.5cm from the edge. Only sew within the bottom edge fold.

    That's a lot harder to explain than it is to do! Hopefully the photo below will make more sense. The wrong side fold at the bottom is the bottom edge that has just been pressed over. The right side bit to the left of the crease is the folded out side edge. Hopefully you can see where I've stitched in green on the wrong side.

  • How to sew a patch pocket. Patch Pockets - Step 15
    Step 15

    Fold the bottom edge back to the wrong side. Push the corners out, I found the bottom edge of the seam gauge was just the tool for the job.

  • How to sew a patch pocket. Patch Pockets - Step 16
    Step 16

    Give the pockets a press, and add some buttons for decoration if you want. I hadn't sewn my buttons on yet when I took this photo.

  • How to sew a patch pocket. Patch Pockets - Step 17
    Step 17

    Pin the pockets where you want them on the skirt, and top stitch along the side and bottom edges 1/4 inch from the edge.

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