Introduction: Add a Pocket

Picture of Add a Pocket

How many times have you bought a pair of jogging pants and discover there is no pocket. My husband has a pair that he hates to wear so I decided to add pockets. I made a pattern from another pair of pants. It was so easy I decided to add them to a pair of my pants too. I hope you will give it a try.

Step 1: Making Your Pattern

Picture of Making Your Pattern

Find a pair of pants that has pockets you like. Turn the pants wrong side out. Lay them on a piece of paper and trace around the pocket. Don't forget to account for the seams. Now you need some fabric. It doesn't take a lot of fabric but I like for the fabric to match the color of the pants (or at least close). You want to use thin fabric too because you don't want it to be too bulky.

Step 2: Cut Out Your Pockets

Picture of Cut Out Your Pockets

You will need four pieces. Two pieces for each pocket. I folded my material so I cut all four pieces at once.

Now the fun part. You have to take the seams out of the existing pants. Make sure you measure the pockets so you know how much to take out. Don't worry if you take to much you can always sew it back. Be careful taking out the seam you need the extra material for sewing the pockets. This is really the worst part.

Step 3: Get Ready to Sew

Picture of Get Ready to Sew

Lay the pants right side up and lay a pocket piece on each side. Pin each side. Sew down the seam line on each side. Now turn it wrong side out and sew around the pocket. Now do the same on the other side.

Step 4: Pants With Pockets

Picture of Pants With Pockets

Now you have added pockets to your pants.

Comments

annettemw (author)2016-01-06

Great instructions and photos!

Tcdevine (author)annettemw2016-01-06

Thanks. I hope you get to try it. Let me know how it goes.

annettemw (author)Tcdevine2016-01-06

I just might since I have a pair of casual hang around the house pants that would be so much better with pockets! I replaced pockets in my son's jacket, but never thought of adding them to something that didn't have them.

Tcdevine (author)annettemw2016-01-07

Good luck. I hope they become your favorite pants.

Tcdevine (author)annettemw2016-01-07

Good luck. I hope they become your favorite pants.

Tcdevine (author)annettemw2016-01-07

Good luck. I hope they become your favorite pants.

Tcdevine (author)annettemw2016-01-07

Good luck. I hope they become your favorite pants.

Beadlady1242 (author)2016-01-05

great idea and good instructions. I love pockets in all my pants.

Thanks for the info.n very helpful, great idea about making the pattern from another pair of pants!

Tcdevine (author)Beadlady12422016-01-06

It turned out much easier than I thought. It works great if there is a side seam on the pants. I am going to try a pair that does not have a side seam. Hopefully I can make it work. Thanks for the comment.