Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tutorial: Adding Pockets to Vest

This is the Kwik Sew 2911 vest modified to use a hood instead of a collar.  It is size 3T and has gotten a LOT of use.  It has fit from about 18 mo and my son is almost 4 years old now.

At the time I made it, he had no interest in pockets.  So I didn't add the pockets from the pattern.

But now items without pockets get a lot less use than those with pockets.

So I needed to add pockets.  Here is what I did:

  1. Find your material. You only need two squares, each measuring the width of one side of the vest and a third as high.
  2. Cut them on a curve.

3. Add foldover elastic as binding to the end where the hand will go in.  You could also use binding, or hem it.

4. Pin the pockets to the vest front.  Turn under an edge, and stitch the curved and flat ends to the vest front.  Make sure you backstitch a few extra times, as the opening gets a lot of wear and tear.

5. Voila!
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