How To Sew A Pocket On Any Bag
Pockets on bags are a must for me, and they definitely improve a simple piece like this tote bag pattern, which you can turn into a much more useful market bag by following one rule: you must install the pocket before stitching the bag together.
Sew An Outer Or Interior Pocket On Any bag
This tutorial will show you how to sew a pocket on the outside of a bag or on the lining – your choice! Also, a note on interfacing: Your bag pattern will almost certainly require you to add some type of interfacing to the main bag pieces.
Finished Size of the pocket
The template is for a finished pocket with a zipper opening of 6, and pocket lining height 60 and width 7 u00be, which is slightly different than the one I used in the Sophia Bag pattern.
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How To Sew A Pocket Tutorial
This tutorial will show you how to sew a pocket on the outside of a bag or on the lining of a bag, depending on your preference. The template is available to all of my newsletter subscribers with an exclusive password you’ll receive once you’ve confirmed your subscription.
Position the pocket
Place the pocket lining on the ‘bag MAIN piece,’ which will be the main panel of the bag where your pocket will open, and match the right sides together, shifting the pocket lining down so the rectangle will be exactly where it opens on the bag.
How To Sew A Pocket Lining To The bag
1. Draw a rectangle, then cut along the inner line until it’s a triangle, then cut into the corners into a V-shape, until very close to the stitching line.
Attach Zipper To the Pocket
Pin or tape the zipper into the opening (Wonder Tape works great!). Cut off any excess zipper tape. Zipper teeth should face the outer side (i.e. down). Zipper pull should be in the opening, visible from the front side.
Stitch the Pocket Lining
Stitch around the three sides, only catching the pocket lining fabric (here blue) and never catching any other fabric. The Nelto bag also has slip pockets nested into a credit-card and phone-pocket set:.
What is a slip pocket in a handbag?
A slip pocket is a simple style of pocket that you can add to any bag you’re making to add extra storage, and it’s the perfect way to keep small items like pens and notepads from getting lost in the depths of your bag and allowing you to grab them quickly when you need them.
How do you make a secret pocket?
How to Create a Simple Hidden Pocket
- Step 1: Turn the garment inside out and place a scrap piece of material behind the existing hip pocket.
- Step 2: Trace the Outline of the Pocket onto the scrap material.
- Step 3: Sew the New Pocket Over the Existing Hip Pocket.
How do you fix a pocket in a gown?
How to make a dress with pockets
- Step 1: Choose a pocket pattern and size.
- Step 2: Determine your pocket placement.
- Step 3: Mark your pocket placement.
- Step 4: Cut out the pockets.
- Step 5: Open the side seam of your garment.
- Step 6: Stitch the pocket pieces on the side seam.
- Step 7: Press the pocket seams.
How do you make a tote bag?
- Step 1: Determine the size of your tote.
- Step 2: Determine how much fabric you’ll need.
- Step 3: Layout and Cut the Fabric.
- Step 4: Hem the Top Edge.
- Step 5: Attach Webbing Handles.
- Step 6: Sew the Side Seams.
- Step 8: Sew the Bottom Shut.
How do you make a secret pocket in a school bag?
Place the new cloth pocket inside the pouch and line the hooking strips on the cloth to the latching pieces inside the bag, pressing the two together. Close the pouch’s zipper, and you’ve got a brand new secret compartment.