Sewing Tutorial – Fit your phone in your pocket with a Pocket Extension!

Sewing Tutorial – Fit your phone in your pocket with a Pocket Extension!


Hi it’s Seamstress Sarah… In today’s video I will be showing you how to extend your trouser pockets… … so that you can actually fit things inside them. A couple of weeks ago my phone ended up in… the sea… …erm… it didn’ t survive the ‘trip’ and has had to be replaced. Now my old phone was an iPhone SE… … which just about fit into my jeans pockets… … but my replacement phone which is an iPhone 7… … sticks way out of the top of my pocket and it’s really annoying! When I mentioned this to a friend… … and said how annoying it was that my phone didn’t even fit inside my pocket… …his response was that he thought it was a ‘fashion thing’…. …for women to have their phones sticking out of their pockets… … so it’s not just MY pockets that are too small, EVERYONE’s pockets are to small! So here’s a video on how to extend your trouser pockets… … so you can actually fit your phone, and anything else you need, inside them. If you take your jeans off and lie them out flat, and then put the phone into the pocket… … then you can see how much of the phone sticks put of the top of the pocket. Take a measurement and see how much your phone is sticking out of the top of your pocket… … and then add about half a centimetre (0.5cm) onto that measurement… … and that is going to be the amount that we need to extend our pocket by. Turn the jeans inside out and have a look at the pocket that is already in place. This stitch line here… …that’s just where the pocket facing is sewn onto the pocket bag… …that’s not the bit that you need to measure from… … we’ll use the measurement that we took from the front of the pocket… … where we measured how much the phone was sticking out. So for the sake of argument, I’m going to say that this phone sticks out 6.5cm…. … so we’re going to make a 7cm extension to the pocket. The first thing that we need to do is open up this seam at the bottom of the pocket… … because this will become the seam allowance that we use… …to join our extension onto the bottom. Dowm here at the bottom, the seam of the pocket extends into the side seam of the trousers… .. and we can’t get this to lay out flat unless we put a little snip in here… …to separate it from the side seam of the trousers… …so that we can open the seam up and get it to lie flat. The next thing we need to do is measure how wide the pocket is… …here we’ve got a pocket which is 18.5cm across… … and it’s just folded at the side, so we are looking at a measurement which is two times 18.5… … we also need to remember that we’ll need to add a seam allowance on to either side of that measurement. You can see it’s a bit of a rough edge, I’m going to tidy that up, but first I’m going to use this stuff… … Fray Stop. It stops the fabric from fraying… … so I’m just going to draw a line across the front and back of the pocket in Fray Stop, right at the edge… … and then once it’s dry I can trim these frayed sections off. This is the fabric that I’m going to use to make my pocket extension… … it’s cotton so it’s the same as the fabric that the pocket bag is already made from… … it’s been pre-washed so I know it won;t shrink when these jeans go into the wash next… … I just need to draw out the shape and the size of my pocket extension… … if we just draw a straight line across the top, that we know needs to be 37cm across to make the total width of our pocket bag… … we’ll give ourselves 1.5cm seam allowance at the top to join it on to the existing pocket… … then our 7cm extension… … and then a 1.5cm seam allowance at the bottom… … and then on either side we’ll also need to add a seam allowance. Once we’ve drawn all that in… … I’m going to use Fray Stop… … and I’m just going to drawn that all the way round, just on the inside of my cut line… … and then leave it to dry before I cut the fabric out. So this is the pocket with the seam allowance opened up… … the part of the pocket which was closed up at the bottom has now been opened… … then I need to stat to pin my pocket extension onto the original pocket… … so if I pin all the way around… … and then I will need to join up the bottom edge, and the side… … to make our new, extended pocket bag. I’m just using a straight stitch on the sewing machine to join the pocket extension… … on to the original pocket bag… … going all the way around on that joining seam… … and that’s the pocket extension attached… … and then I need to close up the bottom edge… … and down the side. … it’s not particularly tidy… … so what I’m going to do is, I’m just going to turn these seam allowances in on themselves… … and then run a top stitch along them to make sure that the edges stay nice and tidy and don’t fray over time. The join seam here is a bit untidy so I’ll trim back one layer… … and fold it back on itself… …and then I can either do a top stitch… … or just a slip stitch around this edge to make it lie nice and flat. Once all your seam have been tidies up then it’s ready to test. Now I noticed with this pocket that because the original pocket bag was so wide… … once the extension’s been added, there’s actually enough space… … for the phone to go down into my pocket and then lie sideways… … so use a French Curve , or I’ve got one of these flexible rulers… … put the phone on the pocket… …so you can see how wide you need the pocket bag to be at the bottom… for the phone to sit in comfortably… … and then use the flexible curve to draw on that curve and just sew that line… … this stitch line will be enough to stop the phone from falling sideways… …and hold it more upright in your pocket… Let’s try them back on… … so this side has still got the original pocket… … and you can see if I put the phone in it still sticks out a mile at the top… … the other side is the pocket with the extension on… … and the phone goes in… … and that’s it… … tidy… hidden… … it’s not going to fall out if I bend over… … my phone is where it’s supposed to be in a pocket that’s actually a usable size… … so that is a good job!

2 thoughts on “Sewing Tutorial – Fit your phone in your pocket with a Pocket Extension!

  1. I don't know why manufacturers still insist on making too-small pockets in women's clothing, but this is a great solution. Thank you! Can't wait to see more of your videos.

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