Inserting a pocket into the lining of a bag

 You can make a simple pocket to put on the lining of your

Bag /tote as large or small as you like and it will vary depending

on the size of your bag/tote.

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Cut 2 rectangles of fabric 1 inch larger (widthways and lengthways) than the dimensions you wish your finished pocket to be.

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Cut 1 iron on interfacing 1 inch larger (widthways and lengthways) than the dimensions you wish your finished pocket to be.

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STEP 1.   Iron the interfacing to the back of one fabric piece.

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STEP 2.   Pin the fabric pieces right sides together and stitch around all four sides leaving a small 7.5cm (3”) section on one long side open for turning.

 

STEP 3. Trim the seams to ¼“ and clip the corners and turn right side out.

STEP 4. Iron the pocket taking care to turn in and iron the seam allowance of the opening as well. This will be stitched closed when the pocket is attached to the lining in step # 8

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Now it is time to mark any divisions in the pocket.

STEP 5. Use tailor’s chalk or a water soluble pen to mark the dividing lines.

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We have used 2 lines, one in the centre and another one inch from the first mark. This will make 2 sections and a slot for a pen.

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ATTACHING POCKET TO THE LINING

STEP 6. When pinning the pocket onto the lining, position it so that the open section (left open for turning earlier) is the bottom of pocket.

Line up the centre of the pocket up with the centre of the lining about 2- 2.5 inches down from the top raw edge of the lining.

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STEP 7. Pin in place.

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STEP 8. Stitch along sides and bottom and along marked lines.

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STEP 9. Repeat stitching to reinforce the pocket.

 

You are now ready to sew the sides of your lining together and proceed with the individual Sweet Pea bag/tote instructions.

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                            The Monkey diaper bag is available on the website swpea.com

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3 comments

  1. Thank you so much. I have made pockets but they never look right. Now I know why.. they need that interfacing to keep them from being so limp.. Allison you all are awesome for sure.

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