Introduction: Learn to Sew Inseam Pockets Into Scarves
They also give scarves a professional touch since they are nearly invisible when closed.
Materials you'll need:
Pockets: 1/2 yard of fabric in contrasting color
- Sewing Machine
- Tailor chalk
- pocket pattern or you can draw your own by sketching a teardrop shape at 8" x 11"
Step 1: Cut Out Scarf Pieces
Cut 2 identically sized rectangular pieces of fabric for your scarf's front and back.
The dimensions used here are:
This scarf was a present for my very petite aunt who is 5'1" tall.
If you're making this for someone taller than 5'2", I suggest adding around 6" in length to your fabric pieces.
(A 70" long scarf will allow for much more comfortable pocket placement.)
Step 2: Cut Out & Position Pocket Pieces
See Shopaholic.net photo of 4 pieces above.
- folding the fabric you're using for pockets in half, right sides of fabric together. I suggest using a pocket fabric that's a contrasting color to your scarf fabric. It looks more eye catching this way.
- Trace the pocket pattern (above) onto fabric twice at fold and cut out. You should now have 2 pairs of pockets (4 pieces total.)
- Cut small notch at marks, cutting thru both pieces of fabric. Repeat for 2nd pocket.
- Pin pocket piece to scarf front at notch, right sides together, matching seam edges.
- Sew with 3/8” (1cm) seam allowance.
-Make sure pocket depth and placement will be comfortable for the wearer of the scarf.
-Pocket sizing should be about 1/2" to 1" smaller than the finished width of scarf for a nice fit.
-Pocket dimensions for my scarf here are 8" x 11"
-Finish seams with serger or zigzag stitch
Step 3: Sew Pocket Pieces to Scarf
I've summarized all the tutorials useful information as it applies to scarves on the next few slides.
- Sew one pocket piece to the front of scarf directly under notch.
- Pin remaining 3 pocket pieces under notches and sew onto scarf.
- Place pocket pieces on the same side of scarf so pockets lie on outside edge when finished. When wearing it, your hands will slip into both pockets comfortably and easily.
- Accurate marking is vital to pocket placement. All 4 pocket pieces should line up precisely between top and bottom fabrics.
- Top stitching pocket openings makes finished scarf look professional.
- Use fabric pencil or tailor chalk when marking directly on fabric to avoid permanent damage.
Step 4: Topstitch
- Fold the pocket pieces out and press the seam towards the pocket.
- Top-stitch1/8" from the seam.
- Reference photos from ThreadingMyWay.com above.
Step 5: Connecting Front to Back & Real Pockets
- Line up the two pocket pieces, right sides together and pin around pocket edge and down side seam. See pictures above from Sewaholic.net
- Sew the front to the back at side seam, sewing around the pocket and continue down the side seam.
- Back-stitch at the top and bottom of the pocket.
- Make sure all seams are finished with a serger or a zigzag stitch.
Step 6: Enjoy & Impress!
Enjoy your gorgeous new scarf or give it to someone you love.The nearly invisible pockets always seem to impress when they are noticed.
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