Pocket Flap

Adding a pocket flap can really add to the finish of your cargo pocket

Pocket flaps can really add something to your pocket

Remember to support the fabric with a layer of interfacing.

Apply interfacing to the wrong side of the pocket flap fabric piece. The pocket flap lining should be just a fraction smaller than the pocket flap so trim it by a 1mm around the shaped edges. This allows the lining to be eased onto the flap and ensures that the pocket flap has to roll under very slightly, keeping the lining hidden.

Pin the flap and the lining with the right sides together. Ease the lining so that it will fit the flap and all the raw edges are sitting flush. Sew around the the side and bottom edges of the flap, pivoting at the corners to keep them nice and sharp.

Clip the excess fabric off the corners and turn the flap right way around. Carefully winkle  out the corners and press it all nice and  flat, making sure that the lining is not visible from the right side.

Topstitch around the sides and point of the flap. Making sure to stay close to the edge. You can even sew a double row of topstitching here which can look very effective.

Machine baste the open edge together through all the layers.

Place the pocket flap right side down on the right side of the garment so the 1cm seam allowance lies along the placement line. Sew along the placement line.

Trim the pocket flap seam allowance down to a scant 0.5cm so it will hide neatly once the pocket flap is sew back down again.

Fold the pocket flap back down over the pocket and pin to enclose the trimmed down seam allowance.

Sew across the pocket flap ensuring the trimmed seam allowance is hidden underneath. Give the pocket flap a gentle steam to help hold it in place.

This a very useful and effective pocket to add decoration to lots of different projects. Try adding them to the Ariel trousers or our ARDEN BAG.