Sewing a Patch Pocket to a Knit T-shirt
If you tried to sew a t-shirt from knit fabrics with patch pockets you must know how difficult it is to do right. All sides of pocket strongly stretch therefore all decorative seams become wavy and crooked. Looks such pocket very bad.
If you will be sew t-shirt of knitted fabrics with a pocket on front, this tutorial helps you sew patch pocket easy and correct.
Before cutting a patch pocket from knit fabric I recommend make a paper pattern before.
To edges a pocket you need add seam allowance 1 cm (1/2"). On top edge a pocket you can make 1.5 cm (5/8") seam allowance.
If you have a little skill I recommend you mark hem allowances along the edges of the pocket with water soluble marking pen.
Processing a pocket before sewing
Now you need to serge top edge of the pocket.
Fold the top edge of pocket to wrong side of knit fabric and press it.
Fold and press other three sides of pocket, as shown.
Next, you need to sew a top hem on sewing machine, as shown.
Adding the pocket to knit fabric
Mark square outlines on front part your t-shirt where will be placed this pocket. Use for these marking a water soluble marking tool.
Place the patch pocket to your knit t-shirt.
Join this detail to fabric with pins (or baste it).
For beginners I recommend you to baste a patch pocket to a garment instead using the metal pins.
But in any case it is very difficult to sew the knit patch pocket nice and tidy. Try to do it on a scrap piece of knit fabric before sewing it on t-shirt.
During sewing the pocket don't forget to remove the metal pins.
During stitching any knit fabrics I recommend to use an awl, as shown.
Press it well with steam iron and your patch pocket is ready.
Note: Use this method of making the patch pockets from knit fabrics after the trial exercise.
To get good results I recommend you to sew such pocket to scrap piece of knit fabric. You can to add the patch pockets to old garments that are made from knit fabrics before sewing it on your new sewing project.
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