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How to sew pockets with a concealed side opening // A Flint pants tutorial

How to sew pockets with a concealed opening // Flint pants and shorts sewalong on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

My absolute favourite feature of the Flint pants is the crossover pocket opening. I love it so much that I want to add it to every pattern forever – ok kidding i won’t, that would get super boring am i right?

This opening is a really cool feature, and results in a really sleek unique pair of pants or shorts. It’s not difficult to do once you’ve had a look at the steps carefully and gotten your head around it!

Ready to get sewing?

How to sew pockets with a concealed opening // Flint pants and shorts sewalong on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

The first step is to finish the curved raw edges of the Pocket Lining [4] and Pocket [3] separately using a serger/overlocker, zig zag stitch or binding. Don’t forget to do this first off as you won’t be able to do it neatly later on, and i don’t want you to cry :)

One of my favourite tips from our testers as to attach a strip of fusible interfacing along the pocket opening edge on the wrong side of the Pocket Lining [4] to prevent the pocket opening stretching out during use.

How to sew pockets with a concealed opening // Flint pants and shorts sewalong on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Place the Pocket Lining [4] on the Front [1] with right sides together and so that the pocket openings line up. Sew 5/8” (1.5cm) along the pocket opening.

How to sew pockets with a concealed opening // Flint pants and shorts sewalong on Megan Nielsen Design Diary How to sew pockets with a concealed opening // Flint pants and shorts sewalong on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Press the pocket and seams outwards away from the pants. Understitch close to the seamline on the pocket by sewing around 1-2mm from the seam. This will prevent your pocket lining from showing during wear.

Repeat for the other side.

How to sew pockets with a concealed opening // Flint pants and shorts sewalong on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

I’m a huge believe in pressing a lot when sewing, so at this stage i like to turn the pocket lining towards the wrong side and press along the pocket opening to make sure its neat.

How to sew pockets with a concealed opening // Flint pants and shorts sewalong on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Place the Pocket [3] on top of the Pocket Lining [4] with right sides together and so that the notches line up and pin carefully.

How to sew pockets with a concealed opening // Flint pants and shorts sewalong on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

This is where you need to be careful and pay attention. On the left pocket only sew 5/8” (1.5cm) from the raw edge around the curved edge, stopping at the notch indicated on the pattern piece, then pivot towards the seam allowance, sew and then backstitch to reinforce. Sew only the Pocket Lining and Pocket together, not the pants. The opening created in the left pocket will be the entry into the pants or shorts.

When joining the left pocket to pieces, after pivoting i like to add a bartack for greater reinforcement. This edge will take a lot of strain when you take your pants on and off.

How to sew pockets with a concealed opening // Flint pants and shorts sewalong on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

On the right pocket only sew 5/8” (1.5cm) from the raw edge around the entire pocket outer edge. Sew only the Pocket Lining and Pocket together, not the pants.

How to sew pockets with a concealed opening // Flint pants and shorts sewalong on Megan Nielsen Design DiaryTurn the pockets towards the wrong side and press the Pocket Lining and pocket opening well. Ensure that the edges of the Pocket Lining opening line up with the notches on the Pocket.

How to sew pockets with a concealed opening // Flint pants and shorts sewalong on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Baste ONLY the left Pocket Lining to the waistline seam ½” (1.3cm) from the raw edge, and leave the left Pocket loose at the waistline. Baste both the Pocket Lining and Pocket to the side seam.

Baste both the right Pocket Lining and Pocket in place along the side seam and waistline seam, ½” (1.3cm) from the raw edge.

How to sew pockets with a concealed opening // Flint pants and shorts sewalong on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

And now you’re ready to continue sewing your pants. In our next tutorial we’ll sew the seams, so stay tuned!

How to sew pockets with a concealed opening // Flint pants and shorts sewalong on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

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About Author

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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Rebecka Lindberg
Rebecka Lindberg
2 years ago

It would be helpful in tutorials such as these to specify if it is left/right *as worn* or not, I always find that confusing.

Vickie
Vickie
1 year ago

I found this site because I was searching for an in pocket closure to add to a godet skirt that I am making, and I do not want to use elastic or zippers, and I AM putting pockets in the skirt, so it just makes sense to put the opening in the pocket! I do wish that you would maybe put an image of the pocket on a grid so it can be more easily used. I am absolutely THRILLED to find a culotte pattern that looks like a skirt! I will be buying this pattern as soon as payday comes along. I prefer to wear split skirts as they look lovely and feminine, but are so functional and it eliminates the complaints about skirts. I am looking forward to figuring out how to add this pocket opening to your skirt as well. Lovely site!