Lollipop Swirl Skirt sew-along day 6
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Today we are working on making the optional pockets.
You should have 2 main pocket pieces (in my case the birds) 2 pocket linings and 2 pocket bindings.
Lay the pocket fabric and lining together with right sides together.
Sew together with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
1st picture shows pocket sewn.
Trim seam allowance to about 1/8″.
Turn pocket right side out and smooth out the seams, press with iron.
Fold pocket binding in half with wrong sides together.
Open up fold, fold up 1/4″ on one side and press with iron.
Now turn it so that it is right sides together and folded on previously pressed fold.
Sew each side.
When turning right side out I don’t clip the corners, instead I will fold down one corner and turn it right side out.
The I take something skinny and flat, in this case I use my screwdriver (actually I tend to use it for a lot of stuff in my sewing room) and I push out that corner.
Now you have 2 beautifully press pocket bindings with nice sharp corners.
Fold both the binding and pocket in half and lay them one on top of the other. Use a pin to mark where the fold of the binding is on the pocket.
This can be a bit tricky with the pin in place but now you need to fold the fabric so that it makes a box pleat right in the center.
Sew across that box pleat to hold it in place.
Sew across with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Fold over binding and insert seam allowances into binding, pin in place so that the folded fabric of binding just covers the stitching line.
Sew close to the folded edge.
Now decide where you want to put your pockets, on mine I decided I wanted them on the sides with them slightly more to the front than to the back.
Place your quilter’s ruler inside the skirt under the pocket to make it easier to pin. Without moving the skirt, place one pin on each pocket.
Now readjust the skirt and readjust the pocket so that it is as you like it then start off with 1 pin on each side of the binding and one at the center bottom.
Now smooth out the pocket so that it is even, with no gathers, and put more pins around it.
Sew pocket to skirt, sewing close to the edge.
This is what your skirt should look like, both inside and outside views.
The cute box pleat pocket.
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