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Briar Sewalong: Pockets

Megan Nielsen Briar Sewalong-pockets

How awesome is it we’re starting the sewalong today?! I can’t believe how many Briar’s i made over the weekend – it’s such a quick sew.

Ok, so first things first. Pockets. Technically you can add these at any point during your t-shirt/sweater construction, but it’s easiest to do it now while the fabric of the front is nice and flat and unwarped.

Here we go

Briar pattern tutorial - how to sew the curved patch pocket

If you’re adding the curved patch pocket, then head on over to this post i wrote a month ago.

The square pocket is even easier

Cut out your pocket. And note that the pocket is very slightly longer than it is wide. You may want to mark which is the top of the pocket

Fold down the top edge by 1/2″ and topstitch. I used a double needle, but you could also use a zig zag stitch.

Fold the side and bottom edges in by 1/4″ and press. Remember we are turning all edges in towards the wrong side of fabric

Place the pocket on your top using the guidelines on your pattern piece. In the pattern i recommend just adding one pocket on the left side – but you could just as easily put one on the right instead, or put two pockets on.

Pin in place

Top stitch around the edge. I used a twin needle for this. When i showed you how to sew the curved patch pocket, i used both rows of stitching on top of the pocket. This time i’m showing you what to do if you still want to use a twin needle but don’t really want to see two rows of stitches. You basically just want to line it up so that one row is hitting just next to the pocket, like gutter stitching, but kind of not :)

Otherwise you can use a zig zag stitch – or (and i don’t recommend this a lot) you may be able to get away with a regular straight stitch, since there won’t be a tonne of stretching happening over your bust/pocket region.

Okay you’re all done! Rad! Back tomorrow for neckline :)

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Meg is the Founder and Creative Director of Megan Nielsen Patterns, and is constantly dreaming up ideas for new sewing patterns and ways to make your sewing journey more enjoyable! She gets really excited about design details and is always trying to add way too many variations to our patterns.

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8 years ago

Fabulous! And such a cute little sweater! I just sewed my first project using stretch knits yesterday. I think I’m going to like sewing with knits :)