Origami + Contrast Pockets
Amy from Seven-Stitches shows you how to make two different styles of pockets to add to skirts, dresses, pants and more! Find more from Amy in her introduction, and be sure to look around Seven-Stitches to learn more about living a creative life in small town New Zealand.
The origami pocket was created while trying to add some whimsy to an otherwise plain dress. The simple geometric lines make these pockets suitable for using on boy’s shorts too.
Making this pocket starts with drafting the pattern to suit any size you want. The following instructions are based on a 6” x 6 ¾” pocket.
- Fabric: approximately 10” by 11” for each pocket
- Contrasting 2” bias trim, 6” long
- Tracing paper, cardboard
1. Cut out a 6” x 6 ¾” piece of cardboard. Trace around it onto the tracing paper. Divide the top line into thirds and draw a line from the bottom corner (circle 1) to the first division (circle 2).
2. Cut along the red line. Fold the paper on the line between circles 1 and 2. Then fold the paper back along the line between 1 and 3. Mark another circle at the point where the fold touches circle 2.
3. Lining the cardboard square up along the unfolded corners, trace around it again. Add the seam allowances. I have used 1/2” here.
4. Cut along the seam allowances and unfold your pattern.
5. Cut out the main fabric to the pattern shape. Transfer the circles by tailor tack before removing the paper.
6. Fold the fabric the same as for the paper pattern. Then fold the seam allowances under on the sides and bottom.
7. Attach a strip of bias tape to the top of the pocket. Unfold one edge of the bias tape, pin right sides together and sew between the seam allowances of the pocket.
8. Fold over the bias tape as shown above and stitch together the ends of the tape. Trim the excess and turn the bias tape seam to enclose the top of the pocket. Press the bias tap and stitch in the ditch to secure it.
9. Pin the pocket to your garment and sew into place.
Little Contrast Pocket
This pocket introduces a contrast of both colour and texture to an otherwise plain square pocket. The instructions below are for a pocket measuring approximately 4 3/4” by 5”.
- Scraps of 2 coordinating fabrics
- Bias Tape
1. Cut rectangles of fabric to make the front of the pocket, 2 rectangles 2 ¾” by 5” for the sides and 3 ½” x 5” for the center.
2. Sew three pieces together and press the seams towards the sides. Top stitch along the outer side of each seam. Machine baste two rows along to each the top and bottom of the central fabric using the longest stitch length setting. Pull thread to gather the central strip to 1 inch wide.
3. Cut a 1″ wide backing strip, with length to match the pocket width. Mark ½” either side the centre. Pin the backing strip to the right side of the pocket. Align the marks with the edge of the gathered area and stitch with stitch to the base of the pocket. Trim the seam allowance to the backing strip, as well as the corners in preparation of turning out seams.
4. Attach bias tape to the top of the pocket, again using central marks to align the gathered area.
5. Fold the bias tape along its horizontal centreline, to cover the right side of the pocket. Leave the long, free edge of the tape unfolded. Stitch the ends of the bias tape, trim and turn corners.
6. Turn out the backing strip at the base o the pocket. Fold under the seam allowances to the sides and press. The pocket is now ready to stitch to your dress.
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