Find out how to sew pockets on pants! These little spaces in your pants, skirts, and even dresses are just my absolute favorites! Read my tutorial to learn how to sew pockets in pants.
How to Sew Pockets in Pants: An Easy 8-Step Guide
Have you tried to imagine the world without pockets? I don’t even want to start. Pockets are these little envelopes in your garment that makes you store lots of things – snacks, thimble, or a pen. Everything and anything that could fit in them, you can stuff in ’em! Now, with my easy eight-step guide, you can now learn how to sew pockets on pants, either long or short! Follow me on this short but fun adventure and let’s start sewing!
Materials to Use on How to Sew Pockets on Pants:
- Pre-Cut Fabric Pieces
- Sewing Machine and Thread
Note: For this tutorial, I will be using pre-cut fabric pieces. We have three parts: front of your garment, pocket facing, and pocket. Since I’m doing two pockets (one on each side) I need two copies of my sewing pattern. Also, I have already cut and sewn the front sides of the pants. I’ll only be sharing how to insert pockets on pants on this guide.
Reminder: Any circles or marks or notches should be transferred to your fabric pieces. This is very important!
Step 1: Attach Pocket Facing to Your Front Piece
Match the areas that go together, right side to right side. The top edge of your facing should go together with the top side of your front. Follow the marks that are your guidelines and make sure your notches line up. Do the same for the other pocket.
Step 2: Pin and Sew Your Pocket Facings
After lining the pieces up, pin and sew the top sides together. Do whatever seam allowance your pattern calls for. This tutorial follows the standard 5/8.
Step 3: Trim and Clip Your Notches
Since you’re done sewing, you can now trim all the excess fabric on the seams. As you trim, make sure you keep a little seam allowance you can stitch on for later. Clip inverted notches along your seam allowance. The notches are important in sewing curves. They’re taking the bunches your fabric created when you fold the curves.
Step 4: Opening and Pressing Your Facing and Pocket Facing
Take your facing and press it out. With their right sides up, press your pieces away from each other.
Step 5: Make an Under Stitch
Sewing on the side of your facing, stitch as close as you can get to your seam line. Use a regular stitch, but do back stitch as you start sewing and before you end sewing at the bottom. Go down the seam you just created. This attaches your seam allowance to the back of your facing, creating a nice crease in your pockets. Do it to both sides.
Step 6: Make a Top Stitch
Turn your facing so it turns to the wrong side of your front garment. Then, fold along the seam line and press it. Make a regular width stitch as close to the fold line as you can. Do it to both sides.
Step 7: Attach Your Pocket Piece to Your Pocket Facing
Take your pocket piece and align it right side to right side of your facing. Then, pin your pocket piece to your pocket facing only, following the curved edge. Stitch them together to close your pocket.
Step 8: Make a Basting Stitch
Before making a Basting stitch, align the raw edges of your pocket, pocket facing, and your front piece together. Pin them together and follow your notches for a guide as you go. Make sure to do this on both sides. Start sewing from the zipper opening moving up, then stitch across. And finally, you stitch down the side seams.
Once you get to the corner, lift your presser foot up and keep your needle, pivot your fabric and go along the top on these corners.
Here’s the video from Professor Pincushion for the full tutorial on how to sew pockets on pants in seven easy ways:
Now you know how to sew pockets on pants! This nifty little awesome space is now ready to be filled with whatever you have on hand!
Do you know other kinds of clothes you can sew pockets on? Let us know in the comments below!
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