Wednesday, May 23, 2012

{Tutorial} Lined Pocket

Early this week I received a swap gift in the mail and so did my swap partner!  That means I can publicly thank Des for this pretty hexagon pouch, featuring Heirloom by Joel Dewberry, a collection I most certainly love!

from Des of Faith circle

It's see-through, which is just what I need for my travels.  I think Des read my mind.

thanks, Des!  I love it!!!

This swap between members of the Faith circle of do. Good Stitches was a pouch swap.  My teeny, tiny half square triangle creation was for Debbie.

for Faith circle swap

She wanted a big, roomy pouch for projects on-the-go, so I figured she could also use a nice little pocket inside.  A lined pocket is quite each to make!  For those of you newer to sewing, I thought you might like a little tutorial.

with a pocket =)

{Pocket Tutorial}

Step 1: Create Pocket

pocket tutorial

Begin by making two equally-sized squares or rectangles in your desired pocket size.  One square will be your pocket outer; the other is your lining.  Place squares right sides together and sew around 3 sides, backstitching at start and finish. The side that you do not sew will be the bottom edge of the pocket.  Turn pocket right side out.  Poke out corners and press.

Step 2:  Attach at Bottom

pocket tutorial

Before I finished sewing the lining on my pouch, I added the pocket to the right side of the pouch lining fabric.  First, pin the raw edges of your pocket horizontally on your background fabric with the rest of your pocket extending below.  Pin with the right side of the pocket against the right side of the background fabric so that the lining of the pocket shows.  The pocket is situated as if it has fallen open/down because the sides of the pocket have not yet been sewn.

Sew along the raw edges of the pocket with a 1/4" seam allowance, attaching the bottom edge of the pocket to the background fabric.

Step 3:  Attach at Sides

pocket tutorial

Now that the bottom is secure, flip the pocket up so that the right side of the pocket shows.  Pin along both sides, making sure that none of the raw edge threads poke out at bottom.

pocket tutorial

Starting at the top of one side of the pocket, secure the edges to the background fabric by sewing with a 1/8" topstitch along the side, across the bottom edge and them up the opposite side to finish.  Be sure to backstitch quite a bit at start and finish of this topstitch line in order to really secure the pocket.

finished pocket!

And, you're done!

a big, roomy pouch

Thanks for a great swap, Faith ladies!


  1. I've been sewing for most of my life and I've never even thought to sew the bottom of the pocket like that and then flip it. Thank you! So easy! Why did I never learn this?

  2. Doh! I just made my mom a bag and the instructions for the pockets weren't nearly this good... tempted to get my stitch ripper out...that's a good sturdy pocket!!

  3. Such a cute swap you guys did! Both your received and sent pouches are great; I love the way Des made yours!

  4. They are both great looking pouches!
    Did you interface your HSTs?
    Thanks for the tutorial this will be really helpful when I make pouches. =D

    I'm hosting a new swap over at my blog if anyone is interested please pop over for a look =D

  5. I love all those little HST's! They look great in the pouch you made.

  6. Great project and good tutorial - they're both adorable!

  7. You certainly put a lot of time into your pouch swap especially by creating a hidden surprise of HSTs on the inside pocket. Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

  8. What a lucky girl you are - that pouch is fantastic, the clear vinyl is a great idea. Your HST pocket is a really nice touch, I love those little extra details. One more reason why handmade = so good.

  9. Fantastic pouch, they both look fabulous and so practical, it is one of my favourite gifts to make people!

  10. I love your lined pocket and the see through pouch that Des made. I'd love to see Des do a guest tutorial!

  11. That must take some time getting used to making such small HST's... It looks just great, but I am not sure I could ever master that one. What an awesome pouch.


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