The picture shows the cover picture of the instructions for sewing a patch trouser pocket.

Sew patch pockets on trousers #TH01

Selfmade and tailor-made! In this step-by-step tutorial, I’ll show you how to sew a patch pocket on the back of a pair of trousers and what you need to bear in mind using video and illustrated text instructions.

Video instruction:

1. This is required:

The picture shows what is needed to sew an attached trouser pocket
This is required to sew a patch pocket.

Pattern pieces made from shell fabric:

  • Back pieces (HH) – 1 pair
  • Patch pocket (TA HH)- 1 pair

Pattern pieces from interlining:

  • patch pocket (ETA HH)- 1 pair

Tools and aids:

  • make the template for the pocket position (P-TZ HH) out of paper
  • Pins
  • Hand shears
  • Tailor’s chalk or marking pen

2. Prepare trouser pocket

The picture shows how the interlining is ironed onto the trouser pocket.
The interlining is ironed onto the pocket opening.

First, I iron on the interlining strip on the top edge of the patch pocket.

Then press the turn-in on the pocket opening at the side notches over to the wrong side of the fabric so that the interlining disappears underneath.

The picture shows the stitched pocket openings of the trouser pockets.
This is what the stitched pocket opening looks like.

The raw edge is now folded over 1 cm and topstitched close to the edge. You can also neaten the raw edge and topstitch it open-edged, which is recommended for thicker fabrics.

Before topstitching, you should transfer the notch. These are positioned so that the shorter section of the top edge of the pocket is aligned with the center back. This way you can recognize which is the right and which is the left trouser pocket and assign it to the correct back piece. I make the marking with a chalk line underneath the interling.

Depending on the material, the open cut edges can be neatened or left untrimmed.

The picture shows how the edges of the trouser pocket are ironed over with the help of the template.
The edges of the host pockets are ironed over using the template.

The side and bottom edges of the pocket are pressed over by 10 mm. The marking template can be used here as an ironing aid.

3. Place the trouser pocket on the back of the pants

The picture shows how the position of the trouser pocket is marked on the back of the trousers.
The pocket position is marked with the template.

Now mark the pocket position on the back of the trousers on the right side of the fabric. To do this, position the template so that it is flush at the top and at the center back.

The picture shows how the trouser pocket is attached to the trouser component.
The trouser pocket is attached to the trouser part.

The pocket is then positioned and pinned in place.

There are again various options for topstitching the pocket. You can, for example, topstitch them narrow-edged and then strap them approx. 5mm across at the opening to make them more durable. In this example, I have worked with triangular topstitching and topstitched the rest narrow-edged.

The picture shows the finished quilted trouser pocket
This is what the finished quilted trouser pocket looks like.

Below you will find a selection of links to further steps:


If you’re not quite ready yet and perhaps want to start from scratch, you’ll find some links here: