Archive for March, 2009

How to sew a pocket

I don’t know if any of you are apprehensive about sewing pockets like I was before I found an easy-peasy way of sewing them. I dunno, maybe it was just me with this irrational pocket fear.

But I found a very simple way to sew a pocket with a liner and hidden seams, and I figured I would share with my fellow crafty folks. Seriously, this is so easy that I can’t believe I avoided them for so long.

And if you already knew how to do this, then just smile and nod and pretend I’m not insane for being the only person left on the planet who, until recently, had nightmares about pockets. (And zippers, but that’s another story for another day.)

1. Determine the size you would like your final pocket to be. Measure two pieces of fabric that are one inch larger than your final pocket size. So if you want your pocket to be 6″x6″, measure two pieces of 7″x7″ fabric. One piece will be the outside of your pocket, and one piece will be your liner.

2. Place the two pieces of fabric together with the right sides facing each other and pin. After you sew, you will be turning the pieces right-side-out, so prepare to leave a 2″ to 3″ opening on any of the three edges that will not end up being the top of the pocket. I mark the beginning and end of where I want my gap to be with two pins so that I don’t forget where to stop while I’m sewing.

3. Sew the two pieces together leaving a 1/2″ seam allowance. Trim all the corners.

4. Iron all the seams open and turn the pieces right-side-out. Use a chopstick or pencil to gently push out the corners. Iron the pocket so that all the seams are flat. Make sure the rough edges of the 2″ to 3″ part that you did not sew are folded in so that when the pocket is lying flat, it looks like one perfect seam.

5. Making sure that the 2″ to 3″ opening is not at the top, pin the pocket to the piece of fabric you want to sew the pocket onto, with the pocket liner facing the good side of the panel.

6. Attach the pocket to the panel by stitching three sides of the pocket (be sure to leave the top open!) approximately 1/8″ from the edge. Do a back-tack stitch at the beginning and end to secure it. Note: If you want the stitching to show, use a contrasting color of thread.

7. Stitch around the pocket again, this time approximately 1/4″ from the edge. Do a back-tack stitch at the beginning and end to secure it.

8. Iron the seams, and voila! You’ve got a simple, lined pocket!

9. Put stuff in it.

I hope this tutorial is helpful, but if anyone has any other suggestions for how to sew pockets, please share!


March 16, 2009 at 6:23 pm 18 comments

Pockets don’t scare me anymore

I got some sewing done last night. Made a new tote bag.

The shape of it is a slight variation of a standard square tote. Just a few extra curves. I’m digging it.


I lined the bag in aqua polka dots. Because red and aqua is the most cheerful and wonderful color combination in the whole entire world. Seriously.

Oh, and guess what? I added a pocket inside!!! And not a cheater pocket either. A REAL pocket. A big girl pocket.

Turns out, it wasn’t so difficult. I’m no longer scared of pockets.

The new tote is for sale in The Boutique here.

March 14, 2009 at 7:44 pm Leave a comment


First, I’d like to thank everyone for all the wonderful ideas for a room divider. Alex and I haven’t decided yet what we’re going to do, but the suggestions were perfect — exactly the types of ideas we were looking for but couldn’t figure out on our own.

I took a trip to the fabric store today on my lunch break and was instantly inspired to start sewing again when I saw the hundreds of colorful fabric bolts. There were all sorts of yummy new fabrics in beautiful springtime colors. Red and white toile, lime and white damask, polka dots in every color imaginable. I’m pretty sure I drooled a little. Okay, a lot.

For the first time in months, I’m completely ready — and excited — to start sewing again. I have tons of ideas floating around in my noggin, and I’m hoping to get some sewing done this weekend so I can update The Boutique.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend!

March 13, 2009 at 5:37 pm 2 comments


I need some advice, fellow crafty people!

Alex and I recently moved our bedroom furniture around. We have a rather large bedroom (which we are extremely thankful for, since overall, our apartment is very small). So we were able to completely shift everything and create two separate spaces — a bedroom area, and a sewing/craft area.

The bed is now under the window (which the kitties love!). We placed one of our dressers at the foot of our bed, facing out, to create a visual separation between the two spaces, thus making our bedroom area more of a cozy “nook.” We’d like to hang something above the dresser — from the ceiling — to separate the spaces even more.

So…any ideas? The only thing we’ve come up with so far is a vintage window, but we’re looking for some other options.

The criteria for this “something” are as follows: 

  • It must be attractive on both sides
  • We must be able to hang it from the ceiling
  • It will be hung over the dresser in the middle of the room, so it can’t be more than, say, three feet long by four feet wide (give or take)
  • The cheaper the better 🙂

I know how creative you all are, so I’d love some ideas!

March 5, 2009 at 5:15 pm 11 comments


March has become a very special month in my little world. It’s the month that I get to marry the man of my dreams. Our wedding is March 28, and these last few weeks are crawling by at a sloth’s pace. I just want it to GET HERE.

We’re having a very small, simple wedding, so I haven’t been freaking out the way that some brides do a month before their wedding. Luckily, we’ve been able to support handmade while planning our wedding, which we thought was very important. We met our photographer, Megan Katauskas, at a craft show I did late last year. Her photographs are natural, unique and beautiful, and I consider it fate that we were at the same show together. I never would have found her otherwise. 

I purchased two stunningly realistic silk flowers for my hair on Etsy from Butterfly Enchantress Designs. These flowers look so real that Alex called me at work in a panic the day we got them because he was certain they would die before our wedding.

We worked with another talented artist on our wedding invitations. Jonathan from Ello Invitations created an original design just for us. We love the invitations so much that we’re going to frame one for our apartment.

These photographs don’t do the invitations justice, FYI. The colors are much richer in person.

I decided to try to make a pillow based on this design. It’s getting there, but I feel like something is a little off (other than the fact that they don’t have legs yet). I think they’re too big for the space.

So it’s not quite there yet, but nothing has been ironed on yet, so I can still play with the layout.

March 2, 2009 at 6:04 pm 4 comments

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