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How to sew up a hidden pocket in a pair of pants or shorts. Great for hiding credit cards or cash.
 
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Step 1: Turn the garment inside out and place a scrap piece of material behind the existing hip pocket.

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I used a scrap from an old surplus military jacket that I am using for another project.

Step 2: Trace the outline of the pocket onto the scrap material.

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Step 3: Sew the new pocket to over the existing hip pocket.

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I folded the leading edge of the new pocket before attaching it to prevent it from fraying. Be careful not to sew too much into the existing pocket and check to make sure that you did not leave any holes where something could fall out. Once the garment is turned right side out, the pocket will hang un noticed from the original pocket. The only downside is you will have to think of creative ways to stick your hands down your pants to retrieve whatever you have hidden there!
DianneG5 months ago

This is an excellent idea - and very easy to do. I'll be taking this idea a step further though and I'm going to cut the original pocket and attach a zipper that will close off this second pocket (to prevent any accidental spillage of contents) and will allow access from inside the original pocket.

If you don't have a lot of sewing experience it will be tricky - but for anyone with some experience it's an easy thing to do.

Squid Tamer5 years ago
If you didn't need security and only wanted more storage, cutting the bottom off of the existing pocket and adding your new pocket to the bottom of that would extend the pocket quite a lot.

Be fun to make a pocket that goes almost to your knee, and amaze your friends by pulling out multiple books, or several .5 liter bottles.
i did that in a pair of shorts, but i put the new pocket behind the old one so i could put stuff i want to get to quickly (cell phone) in it. i tested it out one day, and i could fit five cans of spray paint in it
i like how u think
Very awesome! the only con to this is its gonna look creepy to get stuff out of that pocket
vellllllcrooooo :D...ace instructable dude :)
Great idea. Opening only inside actual pocket though, with velcro closure.
Evesneon6 years ago
OO. But what if it drops out?
djbarista7 years ago
nice secret pocket .. Very ingenious but only if it were on the inside. I could have a Separator! like Pocket Filing cabinets.
UVLite8 years ago
I am dubious...it is in a pocket space..
NinjaAdrien8 years ago
this is a cool idea...you could also sew the pocket on the inside of the real pocket and use velcro or a zipper to close it. that way you could reach into your real pocket. and use the inside one. just a thought.
hahaha that could b interesting
coachdeb9 years ago
Maybe you could cut a slit on the inside at the bottom of the original pocket. That way, you could just reach in through the regular pocket and shove credit cards or cash up into the hidden pocket. It wouldn't be good for loose items, but for certain things, it'd work fine.
quicumque9 years ago
Awsome! This would be perfect for bike trips through Indio.