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Moto Sweatshirt Sewalong Pt 3: Sewing the Pockets

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Indiesew.com | Moto Sweatshirt Part 3: Sewing the Pockets

It's day 3 of the Moto Sweatshirt Sewalong and today we're sewing the zippered hand pockets! This portion of the sewalong is relatively fast and fun, gearing us up for the bigger center front zipper installation. We've said it before, but Wash Away Wonder Tape will be your best friend for getting your zippers to look great, so make sure you have some on hand.

If you're just tuning in, here's the sewalong schedule:

Let's go!

Apply Pocket Interfacing

First, apply non-stretch fusible interfacing strips that measure 6" by 1.5" to the wrong side of two mirror image sets of pockets. Also, apply the same sized interfacing to the wrong side of each bodice.

Moto Sweatshirt | Apply Pocket Interfacing

These strips should be aligned with the pocket markings you previously transferred to the fabric.

 

Sew Around Pocket Opening

Pin your pocket bags to the bodices with right sides together, aligning the pocket opening rectangles.

Moto Sweatshirt | Pin Pockets to Bodices

With a normal stitch length, sew around the rectangle using the interfacing as a stitch guide. Cut the rectangle open using a quilter's ruler. Use a small pair of scissors to snip into each corner, making sure not to cut over the stitch line. Repeat for the opposite side.

Moto Sweatshirt | Sew Around Pocket and Open

 

Insert the Zipper

Pull the pocket bags to the wrong side of the bodices so that wrong sides are together and press well.

Moto Sweatshirt | Press Pockets to Wrong Side

Apply Wonder Tape to each side of the tape on your 6" zipper. Position the zipper in the rectangular opening aligning the zipper stop with the bottom of the pocket opening and the pull with the top of the opening.

Moto Sweatshirt | Position Pocket in Opening

Topstitch the zipper in place with a 1/8" seam allowance. You will need to pull the zipper pull down when topstitching around the top of the pocket opening. Repeat for the opposite side.

Moto Sweatshirt | Topstitch Around Pocket Opening

Your topstitched pockets should look like this:

Moto Sweatshirt | Topstitched Pockets

 

Sew the Pocket Bags Together

Align the pocket bags right sides together and pin. Sew (or serge) around the edge of just the pocket bags, ensuring that you don't catch the bodice underneath. Repeat for the opposite side.

Moto Sweatshirt | Pin and Sew Pocket Bags Together

Your finished pocket bags should look like this:

Moto Sweatshirt | Finished Pocket Bags

That's it! Wasn't that quick and easy? Let's meet back here tomorrow where we'll sew the shoulders, sleeves, and side seams.

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