Thursday, September 12, 2013

ruffled kangaroo pocket FREE pattern & tutorial

I'm back with the free pattern and tutorial for the ruffled kangaroo pocket.  It's a really easy project and looks so cute when finished :)

Pattern - Click on link below
Main fabric - 11" x 6 3/8" rectangle
Accent fabric for ruffles - 15" x 2" strips - Cut 2
Double fold bias tape - 7" - Cut 2
Matching (or contrasting if desired) thread

1. Cut pocket from main fabric.

2. Cut two 15" x 2" strips across the grain.  These will be the pocket ruffles.

3.  Fold the strips in half lengthwise.

4.  Gather the ruffles along the non-folded edge.  I use two rows of lengthened stitches to gather, but you can use the gathering method you prefer and it will work equally well.

5. Gather the strips to approximately the size of the pocket and pin.  Make sure that the last 1/2 - 3/4" on either end isn't gathered because it will be folded over later.

6. Line up the edge of the bias strip on top of the ruffle with the edges flush.  The bias tape will be a little longer than the edge of the pocket and will be trimmed later.  The ruffle should be sandwiched in between the pocket and the bias strip. Sew with a 1/4" seam.

7.  Fold the bias strip over to the back.  Sometimes it helps to iron the bias strip to get it to lay flat since their are several fabric layers.

8.  Topstitch the bias trim about 1/8" from the edge of the ruffle.  Make sure to sew through the back layer of bias trim as well.

9.  Flip the pocket over and trim the edges of the bias strip as shown in the picture below.

10.  Optional - Finish/serge the edges of the pocket so the fabric doesn't fray on the inside of the pocket.

11. Fold the sides under 1/2" and press.  Then fold the top and bottom edges under and press as well.

12.  Here's what the pocket should look like from the front.  Now all that's left is to attach it to your dress/top.

13.  Pin the pocket to your garment.  I used the original pocket pattern to mark my dress so I knew where to place the pocket.  I recommend doing this before completing the garment.  I didn't and I'm sure it would have been easier to sew the pocket on if I had :)

14.  Sew about 1/8" away from the folded edges making sure to backstitch at all the beginning and end so the pocket stays attached :)  And you're done!  It's such a simple little addition to a dress, but it' so cute and happy :)

Be sure to check out the Project Run & Play website tomorrow to see which contestants are moving on the week 2!

1 comment :

  1. Dear Mrs Olson,
    thank you for this tutorial. I know that some day I will use your instructions and like always they are great !
    Have a nice day
    Christine Danneels / Belgium