The absolute easiest way to sew a mitered patch pocket by Nancy Zieman



Sew it simple. Sew to have fun. How? It’s rather straightforward after you learn The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew! Pockets are my focus for this blog tutorial. Clever use of household tape will give you the guide to sew the outright simplest mitered corners.


The absolute easiest way to sew a mitered patch pocket by Nancy Zieman



The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew Mitered Patch Pockets

1. Interface Pockets

Note From Nancy: Notice in this sample I’m sewing with a jersey knit. My interfacing is tricot knit, specific to knit fabrics. If you are using a woven, you will want to choose the interfacing suited for your fabric type.
  • Cut the interfacing along the hemline and trim off a scant 1/8″ of the interfacing on each pocket.
  • Position the interfacing as pictured, leaving space between the two interfacing pieces. Fuse interfacing to the wrong side of each pocket, following manufacturer’s instructions.





2. Finish the edge of the pocket hem by zigzagging, serging, or turning under 1/4″ and stitching.

3. Fold the hem to the outside of the pocket along the foldline.

4. Stitch the side seams.

5. Trim/grade the seam allowances. Trim the pocket allowance to 3/8″ and the hem allowance to 1/4″. Trim the upper corners diagonally.




6. Turn the hem to the inside of the pocket.






7. Prepare the pocket corners.

  • Use the 5-in-1 Sliding Gauge to measure, and mark twice the seam width from each side of the corner. (For example, with 5/8″ seams, mark 1-1/4″ on each side of the corner. For 1/4″ seams, mark 1/2″ on each side of the corner.)





  • Place a strip of household tape or Sewer’s Fix-It Tape, on the wrong side of the fabric between the two marks, extending tape to each edge.





  • Fold the corner to a point, right sides together, aligning the marks and the tape.
  • Stitch from mark to mark, following along the tape edge.





  • Remove tape; trim the seam to 1/4″.





  • Turn corner right side out. Press. Repeat as needed to miter all corners.





The mitered corner pocket is now ready to topstitch to your project. Easy!

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Watch me demonstrate this pocket technique online

The mitered-corner pocket is featured in the third episode of The Absolute Easiest Way to Sew. Watch online to learn more techniques


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