How To Make a Decorative Pocket

How To Make a Decorative Pocket

Today I’m working on a simple tote. I love embellished pockets because they give an easy project more flair.

How To Make A Decorative Pocket

I started with a basic pocket. I cut a rectangle about 10″ by 5″. I folded it in half with the right sides facing each other; pinned and stitched the 3 raw edges. I left an opening approximately 2″, so that I could turn it right side out. You should trim the edges so that it’s nice and straight.

Once you turn it right side out, fold the edges of your opening inward, press, and top stitch. You’ll end up with something like this:

(As you can see, I did not trim my edges before I turned it!)

Then I added 2 rows of ric rac. I used a narrow zig zag stitch.

Here, I made a fabric yoyo. These are my fave. I put them on everything. This is also why I hoard even the smallest scraps of fabric. Here’s a great tutorial from Connecting Threads: Fabric YoYos 2 Ways

I slapped that puppy onto my pocket….

Then I stitched the pocket to a little Bible purse I made for my friend Cindy. She goes every Wednesday and twice on Sundays. She sneaks candy to the little kids so they’re always extra good when they sit next to her!

Now I’ve got to work on Halloween costumes. I’ll be embellishing my resized pirate shirt tomorrow. Hope you’ll visit again soon!

About The Author

Amy Mayen

Hello. I'm Amy and I'm addicted to sewing. I borderline-hoard fabric, buttons, & patterns. Sometimes I wish I could pile my fabric up on the floor and just roll in it!


  1. Kate

    It’s amazing what a difference some embellishment makes. I like what you did.

    • Amy

      Thanks! I love embellishments. You can cover boo boos with them too!


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