This sewing guide will show you step-by-step how to add inseam pockets to dresses, skirts and pants. The video tutorial will help you utilize this technique for your projects!
Hey y’all, today we’re going to talk about how to sew pockets. I’m all for going purse free when I can. If you sew your own clothes, you can have the deep pockets that most women’s ready to wear clothing doesn’t have. Today I’ve got a tutorial to show you how to sew pockets in side seams. I’m also sharing a free pattern that works with any pattern that has a side seam.
To add side seam pockets, first download the pocket pattern here, then watch the video below to for sewing instructions. If the video below won’t load for some reason, you can also watch on YouTube here. Or you can scroll below the video for a written guide.
Pocket Sewing Instructions
Time needed: 20 minutes.
How to Sew Inseam Pockets
- Cut out a pocket pattern and cut your fabric.
You’ll need two mirror image pieces for each pocket. You can add interfacing to the wrong side to stabilize the pockets if your fabric has stretch or is lightweight.
- Mark the side seams where you want the pockets to go.
Make sure to mark the front and back in the same places. I like to align the top of the pocket just below the waistband.
- Line the pockets up right sides together with the front and back pieces. Pin.
The straight edge of the pocket (where your hand goes in) will match the side seam and the bag of the pocket should be against the front or back piece of the garment (whichever side you’re sewing).
- Stitch the pocket pieces to the front(s) and back(s) of the side seams.
After stitching, press the pocket wrong sides together with the front(s)/back(s)
- Open the pocket out and understitch the seam allowance to the pocket piece.
This will help the pocket lay flat at the side seam.
- Place pockets and garment front(s) and back(s) right sides together and stitch side seams.
Stitch down the side seams, over and onto the top edge of the pocket, around the curve of the pocket, then back over onto the side seam and down to the bottom of the skirt.
- Turn garment right side out and push pockets to the inside.
Now you can enjoy using your pockets!
If you’d like to see the tutorial for how I sewed the rest of this skirt, check it out here. That post will show you how I drafted the skirt pattern, and you can check this post to see how I made the thread chains for the button loops, and then this post to see how I made the covered buttons on the skirt.