A lot of people spied our adorable kitty pocket on last week’s New York Minute Dress peplum tutorial!
How about we show you how to make them, and give you a free downloadable pocket pattern too.
Kitty Pocket Tutorial
- First, download the free pocket pattern piece: TDDkittypocket.pdf (200 downloads) . Then print at 100% or to your personal preference – the finished pocket printed at 100% is 4.5″ wide and 4″ long.
- As directed on the pocket pattern piece, cut two kitty shapes per pocket.
- Embellish the kitty face as desired. I’ve included a few sample faces you can trace. Below shows the faces done with heat-transfer vinyl, sewing-machine stitches (tight zigzag for lines and the built-in eyelet stitch for eyes), and, my favorite, hand embroidery. You can use tiny buttons for eyes and nose if they safe for the age of the wearer.
- Use a 1/4″ seam allowance to sew two pockets right sides together. Leave about an inch unstitched on one side for turning. You may find it helpful to mark the stitching line so you can sew precisely around the ears and top of the head.
- Before turning, clip into the inner corners where the ears join the head and across the points of the ears.
Also, clip around the curve or trim with pinking shears. Do not trim or clip the area left open for turning.
- Now turn your kitty through the opening. Use a small tool (knitting needles, chopsticks, small screwdriver) to push out the curves and ears. Press well turning under the 1/4″ seam allowance at the turning point.
- Topstitch around the entire kitty a scant 1/4″ from the edge. Again, it may be helpful to mark your stitching line. Then, edgestitch (1/8″ from the edge or less) across the top of the head from the outer point of one ear to the outer point of the other. Remember, start 1/8″ in from the edge and end 1/8″ in from the edge.
- Pin pocket(s) in place on your garment and edgestitch around the bottom of the head to secure the pocket to the garment, connecting your stitches to the ones you sewed on the top portion.
- Finally, sew a bartack or tight zigzag across the tops of the ears to reinforce the pocket.
Solids or ‘blenders’ work best for the kitty face; you want to avoid fabrics with a bold or busy print. We’ve shown this tutorial to you in fabrics from the Tutti Fruitti and Panda-Rama collections by Maude Asbury for Blend Fabrics with the exception of the hand-embroidered sample shown on a solid linen.