Hidden side pocket: Easy Tutorial

Hidden side pocket

Who does not like to have practical and elegant pockets in their favorite pants? The essential requirement is that they go unnoticed and, above all, that they do not increase our hip line … If you are searching for them in today’s post … wish fulfilled!

Types of hidden side pockets there are many, more or less quick to make and with relative success results. The method that we are going to see today is my favorite, it is not lacking in my collection of men’s cut pants because it is of proven efficacy!

Parts needed

In the following diagram, we have the pieces that make up the pocket that we will see in the tutorial. Each of them has an associated number to easily differentiate them and alleviate the confusion of some slightly diabolical steps.

Pieces in fabric for hidden laterial pocket
  • garment waistband
  • back or back of the garment
  • front
  • view of the pocket sack
  • I take a pocket

Depending on the pattern you are using, it is more than likely that the pocket bags are cut in two pieces or that the view does not exist. Remember that the objective is to learn the assembly of this type of pocket and adapt it to the chosen project in an easy and direct way!


Once the respective presentations have been made, there is no other choice but to make room at the work table and assemble this small puzzle.

Go for it!

STEP 1 pocket view

This step is optional for happy life seamstresses, but for those who want the best of the best, putting a view of the outer fabric so that once the pocket is opened the color of the garment flows, is a basic.

  • Fold 1 cm from the inside edge of the sight and mark with the iron.
  • Place your eyes on the piece of the pocket bag, both with the right side facing up.
  • Secure with pins.
Fold Sight on Pocket Lining
  • Make a stitch about 3 mm from the edge of the fold.
  • Secure at the start and end.
Stitching in the lining view

STEP 2 Polishing the front opening

We began to incorporate parts of the garment, in this case, the front.

  • Place the pocket bag facing (right to right) with the front of the garment.
  • Secure with pins.
  • Mark the beginning and end of the pocket opening. In our example, it is 12 cm and is located 4cm from the waistband.
Fit the striker with the pocket lining
  • Sew 1 cm from the edge of the fabric between the two marks.
  • Secure at the start and end.

Although it may seem somewhat contradictory, we are polishing the opening, a little faith!

  • Make a cut without reaching the stitching (but very close) at each end of the previous seam.
Make two cuts at the limits of the previous stitching
  • On the right, pull the cut corners out.
  • Iron the front opening, pushing the fabric of the pocket sack towards the inside.
Turn right the pocket opening
  • Secure with a 1.5 – 2 stitch length stitching located 4 mm from the edge of the opening.
Stitching in the Front Pocket Opening

STEP 3 Add the butt or back

  • Place the back piece facing with the pocket bottom aligned as in the image.
  • Secure with pins.
Cool the back part to the pocket liningStitch the front pocket opening
  • Mark the beginning and end of the pocket opening with the same measurements from the previous step.
  • Sew 1 cm from the edge of the fabric between the two marks.
  • Secure at the start and end.
  • Make a cut without reaching the stitching (but very close) at each end of the previous seam.
Make two cuts until you reach the previous seam

This step is identical to the previous one in terms of process, it only requires extra attention in the placement of the pieces.

STEP 4 close the pocket

To be able to put things in these wonderful pockets without slipping legs down it is necessary to close the bottom. For this, we can make quick stitching that fulfills this function in one step (facing the rights, yes), or opt for making a delicate but durable French seam. Of course, we have opted for the second option 🙂

  • Place inside out with inside out and fold the bottom of the pocket in half.
  • Make a stitch 5 mm from the edge at the bottom.
Do French sewing in pocket background
  • Turn the pocket over, so that the rights kiss.
  • Pass a second topstitch 8 mm from the edge to catch the seam allowances.
Finish the French seam on the pocket bottomMake French seam on the pocket bottom

STEP 5 Close the side of the garment

And we have already entered the final stretch of construction. We close the garment on its sides!

  • Place on the work table the set of sewn pieces that we have carried so far with the pocket bag looking straight into our eyes.
Put all the pieces of the pocket aligned Finish the French seam on the pocket bottom Make French seam on the pocket bottom
  • Sew a stitch 1 cm from the edge in two parts: the first from the end of the existing stitching to the top and the second from the other end to the bottom.
  • Secure at the beginning and end of each of the two stitching sections.

It is of utmost importance not to sew over the stitching that we had done since in that case, we would close the pocket opening!

Close the side seam of the garment
  • On the reverse side, with the tip of the iron, open the seam allowances.
Open seam allowances on reverse

To unload the thickness, we can lower the seam allowances corresponding to the pocket bag, leaving them shorter than the rest.

It is also advisable not to iron the bottom of the pocket at this point because we will transfer the shape to the front of the garment. Better to do it independently!

We already have our hidden side pocket ready, seen from the right.

Hidden side pocket ready

And inside, where the view adds a professional finish that gives goosebumps to any connoisseur when they notice it.

Inside view of hidden side pocket

To have the sample very complete and ready to save in the technical file, I encourage you to sew a waistband and overcast the edges.

Seen on a mannequin or your body, you can play with the placement and height of the opening, as well as the shape of the pocket bag.

Hidden side pocket seen on mannequin

I hope you found this tutorial interesting and that putting practical and elegant pockets on your clothes is more appealing.



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