Adrian has been asking me forever to put bigger pockets on his jackets but I just never got around to it. I was going through some items I saved for upcycling and I came across one of his shirts that I saved thinking the zipper would come in handy…but then I realized I could actually just remove the whole pocket and put it on something else!
And then I realized the construction was so simple, I could pretty much make these kind of woven pockets and put them on everything! The construction is so easy and and quick that I thought I’d share it with you.
- Fabric (woven)
- Regular Zipper – (I used a decorative zipper here because it was the only one that black one I had)
- Zipper Foot for Machine
STEP 1: Determine the length and width of your pocket based on the placement on your finished garment. Be sure to add a 1/4 inch seam allowance on all four sides of this measurement. You should end up with a square or rectangle as per your preferred shape.
STEP 2: Adjust your zipper length to match pocket length accordingly. There’s a great article on how to do that for the type of zipper you choose HERE.
STEP 3: Determine where you want your zipper vertically and then cut your fabric square/rectangle vertically to get two pieces.
STEP 4: Using your zipper foot, install your zipper on one side. Match the end of the zipper tape with the raw edge of the fabric right sides together and stitch down. You can determine how close or how far away from the zipper teeth you want your stitches to be by changing the positing of your needle to suit your preference. To repeat this step on the other side, remember to switch the zipper foot position left or right depending on the side you started with. Consult your machine manual if you need to.
STEP 5: Pull the zipper all the way up. fold down 1/4 on all four sides of the pocket and press.
STEP 6: Place pocket on garment and topstitch all the way around. You can determine how close to the edge you want the stitches to be. And you’re done!
And that’s it super quick and very convenient! Thanks for stopping by today! xoxo