When sewing, one of my favorite ways to add a decorative touch to dresses or tops is to add a kangaroo pocket. These pockets are the perfect way to show off your favorite fabrics, and they make for a wonderful place for little ones to store their little treasures or to warm their hands in cooler weather. And the best part is, they are a cinch to sew! Let me fill you in on all the details.
For this project, you will need…
- A sheet of paper
- Paper trimmer
- Fabric for the outside and lining of the pocket
- Extra-wide double-fold bias tape
- Coordinating thread
- Basic sewing supplies: Machine, shears, pins, etc. (Check out my list of must-have sewing tools.)
To begin, you will need to draft a pattern for your pocket. To do so, simply determine the length and width you want your finished pocket to be, and then add .5″ to each measurement. Cut a piece of paper with the paper trimmer to those dimensions. (For this particular project, I wanted my finished pocket to be 7×10,” so my piece of paper was 7.5×10.5″.) Now, fold the piece of paper in half width-wise, and use a bowl or another rounded object to trace a rounded pocket opening on the top outer corner of the folded piece. Trim that piece away, and–voila!–you have your very own custom kangaroo pocket pattern!
Now that the pattern is finished, making a kangaroo pocket will take mere minutes!
Use your pattern piece to cut out an outer and lining pocket piece for the pocket.
Place the outer and lining pieces together, right sides facing, and stitch with a 1/4″ seam allowance along the top straight edge. Next, stitch along the straight side and bottom edges of the piece, leaving the curved pocket openings unstitched. (Refer to the photo below.)
Clip the corners of the piece and then turn it right side out through the curved openings. Press.
Apply a piece of bias tape to each of the curved openings, making sure the bias tape piece extends past the top and side edges of the piece by 1/2″ or so. (Be sure to check out my fool-proof bias tape method to help you with this step.)
Fold the overlapping ends of bias tape back toward the lining of the piece; press.
Pin the pocket onto the front of the garment, and secure the pocket to the garment by top-stitching along the top edge and the straight side and bottom edges. (Make sure to leave the curved edges unstitched, as these are the opening for the pocket.)
Your kangaroo pocket is complete!
These little pockets are such a great way to add pizzazz to projects, and they couldn’t be easier to make! Once you try your hand at making one, you are sure to want to add them to just about anything you can get your hands on: t-shirts, skirts, dresses and more. They look absolutely darling on the pillowcase dresses and tops I shared recently.
Inspired now to sit and sew?
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Having grown up in a home brimming with sewing notions and paintbrushes, Amy has a deep love for all things creative. On any given day, you’ll find her knee-deep in her latest creative endeavor, with projects ranging from sewing and crafts to home decor and kid-friendly ideas. Amy believes that everyone, regardless of skill level or experience, possesses the ability to create something beautiful, and Positively Splendid was born of her passion for helping others harness their innate creative potential.
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Fun, fun, pocket! If I ever make an adult version, I am going to have to find a way for my derriere to not look huge when my hands are in the pocket! 🙂
B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L bright colored bright fabric for this kangaroo pocket tutorial on a girl’s sundress! I LOVE the stylish look of the fabric you’ve chosen: rows of lime, raspberry & orange fan motifs outlined in white “stand out” against the floral fabric dress. Same fabric used for the wide band at the bottom of the dress and a bow at the gathered neckline. The dress fabric: larger white flowers with smaller ones in red, pink & orange with green stems & leaves, all on a lime background, HOW LOVELY! FAB sense of color in these 2 prints. Thanks for this SIMPLE tutorial which could be added to many top & dress patterns for young girls. Lots of mom’s LOVE sewn into this UNIQUE dress. BRAVO! Sarah Helene in Minneapolis