All pants patterns should come with pockets! When I first started sewing for little girls I loved making unique and fun pockets on their clothes because they loved them. Check out 10 different DIY pocket ideas below if you are sewing pockets on skirts, pants, dresses or jackets. Your pattern may not include pockets but these pocket tutorials can be added to anything.
There are so many cute pocket tutorials you can add to a simple skirt pattern so you can use a pattern over and over creating a different look. I’ve gathered some of my favorite DIY pocket patterns. Grab your sewing machine and make something fun!
Pocket Tutorials and Patterns
Time needed: 1 hour.
Depending on your style of pocket pattern, pockets can be very quick or take up to an hour or two to sew. Learn all these different types of pockets to sew on your sewing patterns that don’t come with pockets. These DIY pockets range from fun pocket ideas to utilitarian pockets.
- Cargo Pockets
Sew a cargo pocket with this free pattern and tutorial. You can add a flap to close with velcro, buttons or a snap.
- Circle Pocket
This circle pocket looks adorable on dresses or tops for little girls. It’s sweet and whimsical. Get the tutorial for the circle pocket.
- Gathered Pockets
These adorable gathered pockets tutorials by MadeEveryday are perfect for skirts and dresses. You can add them to pants or bags as well.
- Fold Over Pockets
This adorable fold-over button down pocket by Melly Sews would be cute on pants, skirts or dresses.
- Patch Pockets
These patch pockets, lined with piping, make a cute addition to any pants pattern. Tutorial by MadeEveryday.
- Welt Pocket
A crisp welt pocket is for intermediate sewers but, when done correctly, makes anything look professional. This tutorial by See Kate Sew is easy to follow.
- Side Seam Pockets
- False Pocket
Sew a cute little false pocket flap on the back of pants. These are cute with a button. Get the false pocket pattern and tutorial.
- Simple Dress Front Pockets
These little rounded pockets are perfect as decoration or for little girls to gather and collect rocks! The free pattern is by See Kate Sew.
- Faux Baby Pocket
This heart pocket is perfect for kids! It’s a sweet detail to add to a dress or make it small for a pants or skirt pocket. Pattern and tutorial by Rae Gun Ramblings.
I sewed DIY pockets on these polka dot corduroy pants and made them a little more exciting with some elastic gathers. Adding cute pockets is a fun way to change them up because when you find . I usually use this Burda 9678 pattern or make them this way. They are a hit and there will be more in the future!