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chicaem29
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Date: 6/19/10 2:48 PM

Now that I'm starting to sew more pants and skirts with pockets, I'm realizing that despite my sizable fabric stash, I don't really have much fabric suitable for pockets. I don't really have any leftover fabric scraps/remnants that would work - guess I haven't made anything out of a fabric that would be good for pockets. I don't necessarily want to buy yardage for it, since so little fabric is needed for pockets, and I'd want to match my pocket fabric to the main fabric for each project (either a matching color or a cute contrasting fabric for fun). But I guess I kind of have to buy something since nothing I currently have is suitable. I do have some old sheets but... they're ugly or boring. So, what fabric do you use for your pockets? Do you use a stretch fabric for the pockets when the garment fabric has stretch?

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Date: 6/19/10 3:24 PM

If the fabric is thin I just use the fabric. If in a jacket I use the lining fabric but face the part that will show with the garment fabric. I have used cottons in my stash and I've used quilting cotton since it's the easiest thing to get around here. They do sell pocketing at tailor supply stores/sites and this is better quality cotton usually. You want it to be firm, tightly woven fabric and no I don't use stretch for the pockets.

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Date: 6/19/10 4:08 PM

I use scrap non-stretch cotton from my stash, and face it as Nancy mentioned if there's any chance of it showing.

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Date: 6/19/10 8:52 PM

When I don't need strength pockets are a great way to use up leftover lining fabric. If I expect to use the pockets alot then I use cotton poplin. For winter jackets is use flannel so my hands are cosy :)

If you have plain sheeting I would use that. It may be boring but why spend money when you don't need to. I've picked up a few short lengths of poplin from charity shops for just this sort of thing.

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Date: 6/19/10 9:20 PM

I used to use scrape cotton, but I really didn't have a lot of scrap wovens so I went to my local quilt store and bought some half yards of quilting fabric. For fun, I bought some currency prints and gold coin prints, so I can pretend I always have money in my pockets.

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Date: 6/19/10 10:30 PM

I try to use pocketing fabric on pants as much as possible. It's static free, thin, firm and lays nice and flat.

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Date: 6/20/10 1:36 AM

I buy mens shirts at the thrift store and use that for pockets (and fly guards! and waistband lining!)

Got the idea from eyeballing my husband's pants from Land's End... they all have pockets made from the oxford stripe they use for shirts.

So now I bring my samples with me whenever I visit the thrift store, and if I find a shirt that's 100% cotton and the right weight and color, I snag it at usually $2. The yardage in a man's shirt gives me two garments worth of pockets.

Plus I save the buttons, and also usually examine the construction, useful for a sewing lesson.

Keep in mind - my sewing is mostly casual wear for myself, and almost always in cotton. Your needs may vary.

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Date: 6/20/10 5:52 PM

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For fun, I bought some currency prints and gold coin prints, so I can pretend I always have money in my pockets.




What a cute idea!

I use scrap quilting fabric or DH's old shirts for my clothes. I generally use a white broadcloth or muslin for my husband's pants.
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Date: 6/20/10 8:22 PM

I use quilting cotton for pockets and for waistband facings. I always check through the remnant bins when I'm in a Joann's, as 2/3 of a yard is a great amount for a project or two. In NYC, the City Quilter on 25th st has good weight 100% cotton for maybe $8/yard or less. If I want to get a good match, I'll make a special trip. In most cases, I think a shade of gray with the right undertones would work fine.

Most of my project I don't use lining fabrics. It's too ravelly. Even for a vest or coat, most of the time I'd using cotton for the outside pockets.

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Date: 6/21/10 6:49 PM

I LOVE this idea! Money in the pockets!

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