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Project Design Team Thursday ~ 30s Pocket Tutorial

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Hi, I’m Lily and I blog over at Mode de Lis!

I’m so excited to be part of the Project Design Team and I’ll be sharing a tutorial on making a pocket based on a 1930s design. The finished pocket measures approx. 5″ square, so it’s a cute size for dresses and aprons and even tote bags or pillows. :-)

I wear vintage-inspired clothing on a daily basis, so I put mine on a 1930s dress made from the Hope Chest line of fabrics.

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The pockets on the far right were my inspiration.

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Here is my finished pocket- I decided not to do contrasting “petals” on my pocket for this tutorial but I made contrasting petals for my dress, as you can see. :-)

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To start, cut 4 rectangles 2 3/4″ by 7 1/4″

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To make the rectangles into isosceles trapezoids, make marks 1 5/8″ from one edge.

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Cut on an angle from the mark to the opposite corner.

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Make a mark 3 1/4″ from the top.

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Sew one group of 2 pieces together from the bottom until the mark, using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Each piece should be sewn over half-way up, as you see.

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Press open.

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Next, join the pocket to the 2 remaining trapezoids, pinning around the outer edges and down the inside edges of the “petals”.

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Be sure to fold back the seam allowance on the bottom corner of the trapezoids.

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Sewing with a 1/4″ seam allowance, butt the stitching up to the previous seam, sew down one petal, around the outside, and down the other petal, ending the stitching to meet up with the previous seam and making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end.

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Completed stitching!

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It’s a bit hard to tell, but here you can see how the stitching lines up with the previous seam.

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Trim those corners! (and yes, both pairs of my shears made it into this shot- haha!)

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Since we didn’t sew together those 2 trapezoids, you can turn it right-side out through that opening.

Iron everything flat.

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Fold back the petals and iron in place.

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Flip it over to the back side and press the seam allowance under on both edges.

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Using a ladder-stitch, sew up the seam.

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Now you can admire your work!

Sew the pocket to your project around the outer edges, leaving the petals free.

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If your petals need it, tack them invisibly near each edge.

And there you go- your own vintage pocket! This design lends itself perfectly to contrasting petals, so play around with options! I’d love to see what you make! :-)

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