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How to Sew Pockets: 7 Sewing Tutorials and Patterns

Make your favorite outfits fashion-forward and functional with this easy sewing tutorial!

By: Ashley Jones, Editor, AllFreeSewing.com
How to Sew Pockets
How to Sew Pockets
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As a woman, one of the most frustrating experiences of going shopping is being unable to find clothing that has actual, usable pockets. Most jeans or dress pants have either false pockets that exist purely for aesthetic reasons or have tiny pockets that barely hold change, let alone a phone or wallet. Trying to find a dress with pockets is sometimes like trying to find a needle in a haystack. But with our easy-to-follow tutorial on how to sew pockets, you can transform your handmade garments, or even your off-the-rack clothes, into fully functional outfits!

Our guide for how to sew pockets includes a tutorial for sewing a traditional patch pocket. Patch pockets are usually found on skirts, coats, cardigans, aprons, and dresses, so this tutorial is perfect if you've been working on a fun summer dress pattern. We've also included some excellent free sewing tutorials and patterns for other types of pockets that are fantastic for every occasion. Make your new sewing projects stylish and functional with this wonderful tutorial for how to sew pockets.

Materials List

  • Fabric for pocket pieces
  • Sewing needle or sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Iron

How to Sew Pockets

If you're just learning how to sew or want to learn how to quickly add some pockets to your new shirt or dress, then this tutorial for how to sew pockets is perfect for you! This beginner sewing project is the best way for you to add your personal touch to your favorite top or dress with some fun and easy pockets.

How to Sew a Patch Pocket

This tutorial for how to sew pockets focuses on creating patch pockets, the most basic of pocket sewing skills that all sewing beginners need. Patch pockets are quick and easy, and this free sewing tutorial teaches you how to sew a square pocket onto anything you want. If you're interested in other pocket ideas, make sure to keep reading below!

  1. Cut out your pattern pieces using your fabric. You can easily create your own pocket pattern at home or find a free pocket pattern online.

  2. Stay stitch your pocket using a 5/8 seam allowance on both sides and the bottom of your pocket. Stay stitch across the top of your pocket using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

  3. Fold each side of the pocket on your stay stitch line. Make sure your folds are coming toward the wrong side of your fabric. Press and pin your folds into place.

  4. On the top of your pocket, fold down 1/4 inch and press with iron. Fold down an additional inch with your 1/4 fold hidden. This gives your pocket a clean looking finish.

  5. For mitering pocket corners: Open the crease you've just formed and bring the right angle corner diagonally towards the pocket center. This should form a triangle. Press in place with your iron. Fold a 5/8 inch seam allowance to hide your corner triangle. Repeat on all corners.

  6. Apply your pocket to your garment using pattern placement instructions. Have fun rocking stylish and easy patch pockets on coats, dresses, or tops!

Other Excellent Pocket Projects and Tutorials

Looking for how to add pockets to your favorite skirt or how to make an inseam pocket? Then you'll love our list of our top pocket tutorials and projects that are perfect for sewing beginners!

  1. How to Add Pockets to a Skirt - Perfect for Summer!

  2. Boys' Mock Fly and Pocket Pants - Fantastic DIY Tutorial!

What kind of basic sewing tutorials would you like to see? Let us know below in the comments!

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Yes!! This is my number one complaint about female clothing! I am constantly having to add pockets or extend pockets. Thank you for your wonderful patterns and tips to make the process easier.

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