Work in Progress: How to Sew a Decorative Hanging Pocket

December 31, 2016
Progress on the Boro
Inspired by Melanie Testa’s Rockstar Boro project.
I got the zipper put in (the right way this time!), and the hem finished with a triple row of zig-zag to give it a little bit of a lettuce edge.
I put it on and decided the pocket that used to be a shirt pocket is too small to keep my phone from slipping out when I sit or walk. Time for a free hanging deep pocket. Decorative I think. Deep enough to hold my phone and keys. Free hanging so it won’t make the rest of the skirt bulge or get in the way of the swing. I really love clothing to swing and move when I do.
I sewed a triangular patch where I want the opening to be – you’ll see it in a minute. You can skip this step entirely if you want to make your own hanging pocket – or make a decorative patch in any shape your creative mind comes up with.
Next I placed the first pocket rectangle over it and sewed the opening shape. Again – this is a place to use your creativity. A rectangle is classic but how about a heart or an arrow? I made a smile.
Make sure to leave at least 1/2 inch of cloth (I didn’t) on either side of the opening. Also make sure the opening is at least as wide as your hand.
Slit and cut the inside of your opening – carefully go all the way to the corners.
Clip the seam allowances.

Trim the seam allowances if the fabric is thick and then turn it inside out.
Iron it so that you see just a bit of the outside fabric when you are looking at it from the backside.
Top stitch the opening if you’d like. You could also do some fancy decorative stitching here.
Pin on your second pocket rectangle.
Carefully sew all the way around the edge of the pocket. I sew from the back side of the pocket, pulling the skirt out of the way to make sure I don’t catch it. This is the tricky bit next to the opening that would have been easier if I had left more seam allowance.
(That’s my edge stitching foot – I was too lazy to take it off for this step.)
I finished the pocket edges the lazy way, turned them over and zig-zagged them. 
There’s the triangular patch on the front. I also sewed another line of stitching all the way across the top of that triangle, catching the top of the hanging pocket. That way and weight in the pocket will pull on the full skirt rather than just the pocket opening – which would make it sag out anyway.
More to come tomorrow.
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1 Comment

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    Jade@How to Sew
    December 30, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I find it great way to relax. For some women (as well as men), sewing is a great way to relax especially if you do it in a quiet room. It is almost a form of meditation since you are focused on getting the clothes fit right and completely ignoring the world around you.

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