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Ash & Dawn Jeans Sewalong: Front Pockets

Ash & dawn Front pockets on the Ash jeans pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Now that we have covered the (actually not really that) scary part – the fly front or button fly – we can move on to the next step in our Ash jeans and Dawn jeans construction. The front pockets!

Don’t forget that you can use any cotton or lightweight fabric you have in your stash for the pocket linings. This is the fun part! A sneaky little way to personalize your jeans, even if you can’t see them from the outside.

Just like in the last step, you’ll be switching between regular thread and topstitching thread, and I’ll let you know in each step which to use.

Ready to go?

how to sew the front pockets on the Ash jeans pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary
how to sew the front pockets on the Ash jeans pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

We’re going to start with the coin pocket. Fold under the top edge by 3/8” and the again another 3/8”, encasing the raw edge. Press.

how to sew the front pockets on the Ash jeans pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

With topstitching thread, topstitch on the right side of the coin pocket 1/16” from the top edge. Topstitch another row 1/4” away from that, making sure you are catching the folded in edge.

Note – there is only one coin pocket. The above photo is just to show you what the front and backside look like.

how to sew the front pockets on the Ash jeans pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Fold in 5/8” along the left side straight edge. Press.

how to sew the front pockets on the Ash jeans pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

With both right sides facing up, place the coin pocket on top of the right pocket facing. There are notches on the pocket facing to get the placement correct.

how to sew the front pockets on the Ash jeans pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Still using topstitching thread, topstitch along the left straight edge of the coin pocket, 1/16” from the edge. Start from the bottom edge going towards the top. When you reach the very top line of horizontal topstitching, pivot and sew 1/4”. Pivot again, and sew back down the coin pocket, 1/4” away from the first line of stitching. Now you have 2 parallel lines of topstitching.

how to sew the front pockets on the Ash jeans pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Finish the raw edges of both the right pocket facing/coin pocket and the left pocket facing along the curved edges. You can use a serger, zig-zag stitch, pinking shears, etc.

how to sew the front pockets on the Ash jeans pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Your pocket bags can be cut out of any scrap fabric you have. This is one of those hidden details that can make your jeans unique!

how to sew the front pockets on the Ash jeans pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Place your pocket bags right side down. With wrong sides together, pin your pocket facings to the pocket bags, matching up the side seam and waistline notches.

how to sew the front pockets on the Ash jeans pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary
how to sew the front pockets on the Ash jeans pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary
how to sew the front pockets on the Ash jeans pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Now using regular thread, sew the pocket facings to the pocket bags, all the way around the facings, 1/4” from the edge.

how to sew the front pockets on the Ash jeans pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Place your jeans’ front in front of you with the right side facing up.

how to sew the front pockets on the Ash jeans pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Place one of your pocket bags on top of the front of the jeans, with the right side up. Line up the pocket opening and pin.

how to sew the front pockets on the Ash jeans pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

With regular thread, sew along the pocket opening 3/8” from the raw edge.

Clip into the seam allowance at the curve. Make sure not to clip through the stitches.

how to sew the front pockets on the Ash jeans pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary
how to sew the front pockets on the Ash jeans pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Repeat with the second pocket bag on the other side.

how to sew the front pockets on the Ash jeans pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary
how to sew the front pockets on the Ash jeans pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary
how to sew the front pockets on the Ash jeans pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Turn the pocket bags around to the inside. Press the pocket opening flat, making sure that the pocket bag isn’t seen from the outside.

how to sew the front pockets on the Ash jeans pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Switch to topstitching thread. On the right side of the garment, topstitch along the pocket opening 1/16” from the edge. And then again 1/4” away from the first line of stitches.

how to sew the front pockets on the Ash jeans pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Flip your jeans front over so you’re now looking at the wrong side. Fold the pocket bags in half so that the straight edges lines up with the side seams and the notches match up.

how to sew the front pockets on the Ash jeans pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary
how to sew the front pockets on the Ash jeans pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Along the bottom edge, sew the pocket bag together  5/8” from the raw edge using regular thread. Finish the raw edge with your preferred method.

If you use a serger like above, use a large needle to thread the tail end back through the overlock stitches so that it doesn’t unravel!

Repeat for the other side.

how to sew the front pockets on the Ash jeans pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary
how to sew the front pockets on the Ash jeans pattern // tutorial on Megan Nielsen Design Diary

Using regular thread, staystitch along the side seam and waistline 1/2” from the raw edge, holding the pocket bag in place. Do this for both sides.


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About Author

Holly writes part time for the Megan Nielsen blog– sewing like crazy, creating tutorials and sewalongs. She has been sewing since she was a little girl, and has her degree in apparel design. Now she’s a stay at home mama, and spends all her free nap times at her sewing machine.

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