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Pleated Patch Pocket Pattern

Pleated Patch Pocket with Button Tab Pattern

Pleated Patch Pocket with Button Tab

This isn’t a proper tutorial since I didn’t take any pictures as I was making the patch pockets, but Rachel asked about how I made the pockets on my Hawthorn Skirt, so I figured I might as well scan and upload my pattern pieces in case anyone else wants to use them 🙂

You can click on the link below to print out the pocket template (2 pages).

Pleated Patch Pocket Pattern

A few instructions:

1. Press the main piece along the two fold lines

2. Fold main piece, good sides together, lining up fold lines and stitch along fold lines starting at top, down to circle markings (1 1/4″). This holds the pleat together at the top.

3. Line up folds with center markings and press flat to finish pleat. (It should now look like a pleat with 4 folds, 2 outside and 2 inside).

4. Turn the bottom edge of the facing piece under 1/4″ and press (you can also stitch close to the edge to hold in place)

5. Line up the facing at the top of the main piece, right sides together, and stitch together along top and sides. Grade and turn, then press flat.

6. Edgestitch along the top seam and again 1″ below the top seam to hold the facing in place.

7. Turn under the rest of the pocket edge 1/4″ and press.

8. Pin your pocket to your skirt (or whatever else you’re adding a pocket to), and edgestitch around the curve to attach your pocket.

bottom of pleat

9. With button tab pieces right sides together, stitch 1/4″ around curved edge, then turn right side out and press. Edgestich around curve.

10.  Make a buttonhole on the tab to match your button (I used a 1 1/4″ button)

11. Turn under raw edge of tab 1/4″, press and stitch down.

12. Place tab, centered on pleat, slightly above top of pocket and stitch to skirt (see photo above).

13. Stitch button on at the point where the pleat opens up.

That’s it! Sorry I don’t have pictures of the process, but feel free to ask questions if anything is unclear.