Monday, March 11, 2013

Jean Pocket Tutorial

I am working on another pair of jeans from this pattern, Butterick 5682. This pair will be the straight leg version.
I know that there are many jean tutorials in the blog world and I've seen a lot of good ones. I hope my first tutorial will be a help to someone. This is how I prefer to do jean pockets. No template needed.
  1. Sew a straight seam all around the pocket 1/2 inch from the edges of the sides and bottom and 1/4 inch from the top edge.

2.Interface the top wrong side of the pocket so that interfacing extends at least 1/2 inch below the top fold line. This will give a nice crisp stable edge and more stabilization for any top stitching you may do. Press the top seam over to the wrong side. The line of stitching you did at the beginning will help the fabric roll right into the direction you want. (Sorry about the sideways photo. I still don't know why that happens sometimes)

 3. Using the fold line from the pattern. Fold to the front and seam the right and left sides

 4. Flip the top and press  the seams toward the inside of the pocket. The stitching done previously keeps every thing straight and neat.

5. Add the decorative top stitching at this point. This stitching also holds that fold in place.

6. Pin or use Steam-a Seam to secure the pocket in place on the pants and then stitch in place.

This is fast and easy. It makes a durable pocket with crisp edges.


Megan said...

Thanks for this tutorial. I just bought this pattern and I'm trying to get up the courage to tackle it. said...

Thanks for this tutorial Lisa. It will come in useful one day when I go back to tackling jeans again, given my last mishap, lol's.

Sheila said...

Great tutorial and thanks for sharing.

Lynneb said...

Great little tutorial! I actually just discovered the steam a seam trick and used it on some dress pockets. It's brilliant!

Faye Lewis said...

You did a great job on that pocket.

Anonymous said...

So grateful you did this tutorial. The pockets and topstitching are the things I'm most excited about as I look forward to making them. I will be cutting out the straight leg version this weekend. This will be my first pair of jeans. I'm so excited! This past weekend I noticed (for the first time) that the weight of the denim (in ounces) is listed on the bolt. That helped me determine which weights I like the most as I've been shopping for them. I'm trying the 10oz first. Thanks again!

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Anonymous said...

Thanks again for the tutorial.... I just finished the pockets today. I updated my blog and, of course, gave you a SHOUT OUT!!! Thanks so much! Vita

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Monica D said...

Thanks for sharing :)

Anonymous said...

Thank you for sharing your expertise. This was a very clear presentation. I just made 4 pockets using this technique and they are the best I've produced and so easy without a template.