• Sharon Prigan

Pockets Today

Today is pocket day. I always add side zippered pockets to my pants and it took a while because I couldn't find the right colors for the pockets. I took out my plum and purple boxes of fabrics and of course the pieces had been waiting there all this time.


Exactly the same shade as the pants!


I cut out 4 pieces, 2 for each pocket measuring 22 x 26 cm each.


Wine patns and matching fabric for pockets
Wine pants and matching fabric for pockets



The inner seam leg is unpicked to enable access to the outside side seam of the pants leg.


I measured down 30 cm from my waistline on the outside side seam and marked a chalk line at this point. I took one of the pocket rectangles and placed it face down with a width of 22 cm and a length of 26 cm lined up to the chalk mark at the top. I pinned the piece down with a pin at each corner.



Pocket piece pinned to outside leg seam
Pocket piece pinned to loutside eg seam


Next, I marked a line 3 cm down from the top of the pocket piece and drew a rectagle of 18 cm width with a 1 cm height.


Rectangle for opening marked with chalk
Rectangle for opening marked with chalk

I stitched on this rectangle going through both layers of fabric, the pocket piece and the pants.


Stitching on the rectangle
Stitching on the rectangle


Next a line is drawn in the center of the rectangle and both layers of fabric are cut open making sure to cut very close to the corners without cutting over the stitching line.


Cutting inside the rectangle
Cutting inside the rectangle


Turn the pocket piece towards the inside of the pants leg.


Pocket piece turned inwards
Pocket piece turned inwards


Iron it down on the inside of the pants leg making sure that the corners lay flat.


Pocket piece ironed
Pocket piece ironed


Iron it from the outside.


Also from the outside
Also from the outside


This is what the opening should look like once it has been ironed.


Pocket opening
Pocket opening


Place the zipper underneath this opening and stitch in place.


Zipper topstitched under opening
Zipper topstitched under opening


Lay the second pocket piece face down on the first piece and stitch all around making sure that you do not catch the pant leg in the stitching line. I do this twice.


Second pocket piece stitched down
Second pocket piece stitched down


The finished zippered pocket from the outside.


Fiinished pocket
Finished pocket


It is wide enough and deep enough to fit a cell phone in.


Zippered pocket
Zippered pocket


For additional reinforcement and neatness of edges I ran my serger along the edge. If you don't have a serget you can do a short, wide zig zag stitch along the edge.


Close the inner seam of the pants and you are done.



Serged edges
Serged edges

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