Wednesday, May 23, 2012

How to Add a Hidden Side Pocket

I am constantly loosing things. (Think cell phone, car keys, and anything else that should be much too important to loose.) 

I need pockets.  

Really big pockets.

I need pockets that can hold all of my soon-to-be-lost-if-I-don't-put-them-in-my-pocket items.  

Are you with me? : )

Here's a really quick way to add a hidden side pocket to a skirt or whatever else you may be making.

This pocket is wonderful for a full gathered skirt because it is basically hidden along the side seams of your skirt.  I would not recommend this type of pocket for a pencil skirt or something fitted, as the pocket will gape open.

 Here's how you do it..

In addition to your skirt panel pieces (front & back), and waist band piece, you will need to cut 4 pockets shaped like the ones I cut below. (They look like dog ears.)

Make sure the pocket will be big enough to carry your essentials. 

Next, serge, overlock, or use a zig zag stitch around your four pocket pieces so they will not fray. 

Next, with the right side of the front skirt panel facing up, place one pocket piece where you want your pocket to be, right sides together.  Be sure and leave enough room at the top for whatever waistband you will be adding.  The straight edge of your pocket should line up with the side of your skirt panel; see photo below. 

Do the same for the other side of your front skirt panel.

Pin the last two pocket pieces to the back skirt panel in the same way.  Be sure that the front pocket pieces and the back pocket start the same distance from the top of your skirt panel.

Sew just the pocket pieces to the individual skirt panels using the same seam allowance you will use to sew the side of your skirt.  

Iron all four pocket pieces out. (See photo below)  

Place your front and back skirt panels right sides together.  It should look like your skirt has two ears.  : )

Sew your side seams along the dotted line below.  When you get to your pockets, sew around the pockets.  

Flip everything right side out and you're done.  

Wasn't that easy?

Ps. I can't wait to show you the skirt I made with this fabric!



  1. Great tutorial! I've never made pockets for a skirt yet and you've inspired me to get sewing!

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