Gathered pocket

This kind of pocket is super easy and versatile. With a sewing machine, it can be made in about 10 minutes.  All you do is cut out a piece of fabric that is shaped kind of like a half-circle, but it needs to be about 1 1/2 times bigger at the top than you want the finished product to be.   Next, the top of the half-circle needs to be gathered.  You do this by sewing down the whole top edge with a wide stitch that is about 1/8 inch from the edge.  Then sew another stitch of the same width about 1/4 inch from the edge (1/8 inch from your other stitch).  Gather it by pulling the thread from the front on both sides until the pocket is the desired width.  To cover the raw edge of the pocket, make a small band. This is really easy: Press under the long edge of your fabric 1/4 inch. The piece of fabric needs to be 2 inches wider than your pocket; press the opposite edge the same way. Once you have done this, line up the pressed edges (right side out) and press. Now, just stick the raw edge of the pocket into the pressed band and sew the pocket into the band with a stitch close to the bottom of the band.  The pocket is done but now you need to sew it onto whatever you’re sewing it onto!  By the way, I saw this on the side of some girly cargo shorts, and it was super cute. But it would also be adorable on a dress, skirt, or pants.  Anyways, fold under 1/4 inch of the pocket on all sides except the top, and (be sure to keep the fold flat) press.  Sew the pocket onto your desired garment or whatever; just be very careful that none of the gathers are overlapping where you are sewing.  If you stitch carefully and consistently, you’ll end out with a perfectly charming little pocket.


2 thoughts on “Gathered pocket

  1. Hello! I am in the process of making a dress! thanks to your lovely post I am concidering putting pockets in it! thanks so much for your wisdom

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