Tutorial | Adding Pockets

Ever have the perfect pair of pants or shorts that are just missing that one thing every kid wants??  You know what i’m talking about… pockets!   Pockets are a simple thing to add, especially with pants that have a side seam.  Today i’m going to use the Elliedactyl 10k Joggers as my example but you can adapt the same instructions to other patterns as well.


Start out by cutting your pattern pieces out and then set aside the back, we don’t need those until later.

Take your front pieces and make a mark about 3.5″ from the side edge and about 4.5″ from the top edge.  Then cut a curve to connect the marks cutting out your pocket opening. This is a size 2 pair of joggers, so keep in mind the larger pants your making the bigger you will need to make the opening, so this is just a guideline.

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Now we make the pocket piece.  Using the piece you just cut out as a guide lay it on your fabric and draw your new pocket.

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Cut two bands 1.5″ wide and about 1-1.5″ shorter than your pocket opening.

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Press wrong sides together matching long sides and stitch to pocket opening.

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Lay your pocket lining piece right side to the wrong side of your pants piece. Stitch along the edge of the lining to attach.  I used a coverstitch but you can just use a straight stitch or zig zag, whatever your preference is.

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Press the pocket binding flat and continue with the instructions for your pants as written. Be careful to make sure the binding stays pressed seam down.

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Like the pattern I used?  Its a FREE pattern, all you have to do is join the Elliedactyl group on Facebook (HERE)  and you’ll find a discount code!


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