How to Construct a Slash Pocket




Introduction: How to Construct a Slash Pocket

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Construct a slash pocket on a front closure pants or skirt with side seams.
Prep: Assemble required pattern pieces.
Cut out pattern pieces with desired seam allowance. For each pocket you will need one front piece, one pocket lining (or pocket bag) and one pocket piece. The only two that will show on the outside of the finished pocket will be the front piece and the pocket piece. It is sometimes desirable to use a conrast fabric for the pocket piece or for the pocket lining. I have used all olive colored linen for what will be pants for my son.

Step 1: Align Pocket Lining and Front Pocket Piece

Align your fabric pocket lining and front piece at the slash pocket opening (edge)

Step 2: Stitch Pocket Lining and Front Piece at Pocket Edge

Use a straight stitch

Step 3: Press Your Seam

Open and press seam allowance toward pocket lining

Step 4: Understitch

Use straight stitch to "understitch" seam allowance to pocket lining. This ensures that stitchin will roll toward pocket inside and pocket lining will stay inside the pocket.

Step 5: Press

Always press your seams

Step 6: Align Pocket Piece With Pocket Lining

Flip over the section you just stitched and understitched to face right side down. You will need to align the pocket piece to the back of the section, putting the pocket piece and pocket lining right side to right side (remember you flipped the pocket lining so wrong sides are facng in the previous step.)

This is where we actually make the pocket a pocket. Some people pin their pieces together once aligned. I don't really use pins unless there is some serious easing or gathering to be done.

Step 7: Construct Pocket

These pieces should be exactly the same size, so I simply hold them in place while stitching.

You could also use a straight stitch here, or join with your serger. Since I don't have one, this is how I use my sewing machine to finish the edges.

Step 8: Press Again!

It's important to always press your seams. This ensures that any stretching that happens during stitching is re-shaped and that the thread "melds" into the fabric. It really makes a huge differencw in the finished product.

Step 9: Baste

Now that you have your pocket constructed. Baste the three layers of fabric (front piece, pocket lining, and pocket piece) together at the waistline and the side seam. These will be enclosed in the subsequent construction of the garment to finish and enclose your new slash pocket.

Step 10: Finished!

Here is your finished poket - now go make the rest of your skirt or pants!

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    Question 2 years ago on Step 2

    How far do you stitch? Do you stop where the seam allowance for the skirt starts?

    Project 23
    Project 23

    10 years ago on Step 10

    Nice instructable, all explaind well and many pictures to show what to do. I was wondering, is there anyway to make a hidden pocket inside of a pocket or
    on the side of the pants or anywhere on the clothes as a matter a fact? What for: like a protection against pickpockets.

    Yeah,  I have done slash pockets, but it has been years.  I am actually adding slash pockets to a finished pair of sweat pants for my mother in law.  I am going to have to guess on the shape & size.  I am a little disappointed that the only way to print these pictures & instructions is with paying for a higher level of membership.  But, at least I got a little refresher on how to construct the pocket.  I am also making a button-front cardigan sweatshirt in matching color to the bottoms.


    14 years ago on Introduction

    This was really useful, thank you!! I made my son some pants for preschool, and I think I took them up a notch by adding slash pockets.