Welcome to Tie Dye Diva’s stop on the Enchanted collection blog tour, how to sew a foldover patch pocket! We’re sponsored by Riley Blake Designs and thankful to Dodi Poulsen of Two Sisters at Squirrel Hollow for again asking us to sew up one of her new collections – her designs are always perfect for children’s clothing and versatile for so many other projects too. These fabrics were provided to us free of charge so we could bring you this post and free tutorial, but all opinions are our own.
We chose to feature the Enchanted Plaid in Pink – because, you guys, PLAID! And PINK! Best of all, it’s printed on the bias so you get that fabulous diamond pattern without having to cut and work with bias-cut fabric. We chose the pretty Enchanted Main in Mint for the reverse of our Perfect A-Line dress for Baby and Knot or Not Headband. As coordinates, we’re using the collection’s sweet little dots in Mint and Pink.
Our Perfect A-Line Dress pattern for Baby (also available as Perfect A Line Dress Pattern for Girls 2 to 6) is one of my go-tos when a I want a special fabric to take center stage on a smooth surface, unbroken by seams or gathers. As soon as I saw the gorgeous pink plaid, I knew I wanted to use this pattern, along with our Knot or Not Headband pattern. The result is so cute and classic!
An A-line dress is a great canvas for embellishments like applique or pockets, and we created some sweet and simple little foldover patch pockets we want to share with you today.
How to Sew A Foldover Patch Pocket
You’ll need only scraps of two coordinating fabric for the foldover patch pockets (one for the main side and one for the reverse, which will show as the folded-over top portion), a snap or button, a little fusible or sew-in interfacing, and our downloadable foldover patch pocket pattern piece here: TDD Foldover Pocket
For each pocket you want to make, cut 1 pocket from each of your two fabrics, and 2 pieces of interfacing. Mark the large black dots on the right sides of the fabric pieces and mark the button/snap placement on the right side of the reverse fabric.
Next, apply interfacing to the flap portion of both the main and reverse pocket pieces – this will be the top of the pocket above the fold line, inside the 1/4″ seam allowance. Then with right sides together, sew the two pocket pieces together using a 1/4″ seam allowance and leaving about 1″-1.5″ open on a straight side for turning. (I sewed first and interfaced after, which is why you don’t see interfacing in my sewing-step photo.)
Clip the curves, or be lazy like me and using pinking shears, but leave the seam allowance remaining outside of the turning gap. Turn and press, rolling the seam to the exact edges and turning in the seam allowance at the gap. Stitch all the way around, a scant 1/4″ from the edge.
Be sure the large black dots are marked on your pocket piece. Pin the pocket in place on your garment and edgestitch (1/8″ from the edge) around the bottom only of the pocket, from black dot to black dot.
Bar tack or narrow zigzag between the topstitching lines at the black dots on both sides. I used a 3 height, 0.3 width zigzag.
Fold and press the flap along the fold line. Last, sew a button or press a snap through the flap and the pocket, but not through the garment fabric.
How simple was that? Enjoy your foldover patch pockets!
Thank you to Willow Jane and Kristi Marie Photography for the modeled photos!