Tutorial: Cargo Pants Pockets – 4 different ways! (Last in the 4 part series)

This tutorial is the final one in a series of four that shows how to make 4 different kinds of cargo pockets to add to pants. This handy how-to was contributed to Sewing Mamas by Monica (Mnemonics on the forum).

To add these pockets to pants, sew the outer leg seam of the pants pocket and then sew the pocket in place on the side. Sew the inner leg seam after the pocket is attached. For each pocket, the starting fabric size is given, but feel free to adjust the size to your liking for the pants you are making.

Four Different Cargo Pockets – Pocket Four: Pouch Style Pocket

I cut the fabric for this pocket at 9″ x 9″
Pouch Pocket Step 1

Turn the top end under and sew.
Pouch Pocket Step 2

Fold up the fabric at the corner matching raw edges. Mark the depth you want the pocket to be plus seam allowance – I used 1 1/2″. Mark a straight horizontal line on the fabric. Repeat this for the other end of the pocket too.
Pouch Pocket Step 3

Sew both ends where you markings are. Turn the pocket right side out – this is what your pocket looks like right now.
Pouch Pocket Step 4

Turn under seam allowances on the three edges of the pocket. Press with iron.
Pouch Pocket Step 5

Place pocket on the desired place on pant piece. Pin in place and sew (easier said than done :-)). This shows the top view of the finished pocket.
Pouch Pocket Step 6

Bottom view of the finished pocket. You can stitch the top side edges down if you want the top of the pocket to lie flat.
Pouch Pocket Finished

Cargo pocket 4 is ready….. and now you know how to make four different kinds of cargo pockets for pants!

Happy Sewing!
Kelly

 
 
 

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Tutorial: Cargo Pants Pockets – 4 Different Ways! (Part 3 of 4)

This tutorial is part three in a series of four that shows how to make 4 different kinds of cargo pockets to add to pants. This handy how-to was contributed to Sewing Mamas by Monica (Mnemonics on the forum).

To add these pockets to pants, sew the outer leg seam of the pants pocket and then sew the pocket in place on the side. Sew the inner leg seam after the pocket is attached. For each pocket, the starting fabric size is given, but feel free to adjust the size to your liking for the pants you are making.

Four Different Cargo Pockets – Pocket Three: Fold to the Left, Fold to the Right

I cut the fabric for this pocket at 7 1/2″ x 9″
Deep Cargo Pocket

Turn the top edge under and sew
Deep Cargo Pocket

Fold under seam allowance on the other 3 edges and press with iron.
Deep Cargo Pocket

Fold the the left and right sides of the pocket over to the size you want the finished pocket to be. I turned it under 1 1/2″. Press with iron.
Deep Cargo Pocket

Topstitch the left and right edges.
Deep Cargo Pocket

Open out the edges of the pocket at left and right.
Deep Cargo Pocket

Deep Cargo Pocket

You will sew the edges of the pocket to your pant piece by placing it underneath the topstitched fold of the pocket on either side. Hopefully that will make sense as you look at the rest of these pictures. Sew where it’s pinned down.
Deep Cargo Pocket

Repeat on the left side of the pocket.
Deep Cargo Pocket

When the left and right sides of the pocket are sewn to the pant, sew the bottom edge of the pocket. The part of the pocket that’s attached to the pants is hiding behind the original topstitching.
Deep Cargo Pocket

The finished pocket. If you want you can sew the top side ends of the pocket down to keep the top of the pocket flat.
Deep Cargo Pocket

That’s it! Now you have three different kinds of pockets to add to your cargo pants. We’ve got one more coming!

Happy sewing!
Kelly

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Tutorial: Cargo Pants Pockets – 4 Different Ways! (Part 2 of 4)

This tutorial is part two in a series of four that shows how to make 4 different kinds of cargo pockets to add to pants. This handy how-to was contributed to Sewing Mamas by Monica (Mnemonics on the forum).

To add these pockets to pants, sew the outer leg seam of the pants pocket and then sew the pocket in place on the side. Sew the inner leg seam after the pocket is attached. For each pocket, the starting fabric size is given, but feel free to adjust the size to your liking for the pants you are making.

Four Different Cargo Pockets – Pocket Two: A Pleat Is Sweet and Neat

I cut the fabric for this pocket at 7 1/2 ” x 10″
Pleated Cargo Pocket

Turn the fabric wrong side up
Pleated Cargo Pocket

Fold it in half
Pleated Cargo Pocket

Measure how deep you want your pleat to be & mark – I measured 2 inches from the folded end of the fabric.
Pleated Cargo Pocket

Stitch about 3/4- 1″ at the top and bottom where you marked. (Stitched in white here.)
Pleated Cargo Pocket

Open out the fabric ends…
Pleated Cargo Pocket

Form the pleat at the center
Pleated Cargo Pocket

Top view of the pleat:
Pleated Cargo Pocket

You can stitch the edges of the pleat if you desire – I have stitched it to make it more visible for the sew-along
Pleated Cargo Pocket

The rest of the steps are similar to Cargo pocket 1 – Fold the top end under & sew. Fold under the other 3 edges. Iron. Place the pocket in the desired place on the pants and sew it in place.
Pleated Cargo Pocket

Your Pleated Cargo Pocket is now done!

Happy Sewing!
Kelly

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Tutorial: Cargo Pants Pockets – 4 Different Ways! (Part 1 of 4)

Today’s tutorial is part one in a series of four that shows how to make 4 different kinds of cargo pockets to add to pants. This handy how-to was contributed to Sewing Mamas by Monica (Mnemonics on the forum).

To add these pockets to pants, sew the outer leg seam of the pants pocket and then sew the pocket in place on the side. Sew the inner leg seam after the pocket is attached. For each pocket, the starting fabric size is given, but feel free to adjust the size to your liking for the pants you are making.

Four Different Cargo Pockets – Pocket One: Quick and Easy Pocket

I cut the fabric for this pocket 7 1/2″ x 6 1/2″
Basic Cargo Pocket

Turn the top edge under and sew
Basic Cargo Pocket

Fold under the other three edges. Iron. Place the pocket on the pant at the desired place and sew the 3 edges in place.
Basic Cargo Pocket

That’s it! Your quick and easy pocket is done! Stay tuned for more pockets in this series.

Happy Sewing!
Kelly

 
 
 
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