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Tote Bag Pocket: Totally Finished Inside and Out

I’m am using corduroy fabric for this particular pocket. The print is my main fabric letter A and my contrasting/solid fabric will be lettered B.

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Using a fabric pen mark your Fabrics A and B ~

Cut: 1 – 6″ x 5 1/2″ Main fabric A  and   1 – 6″ x 7 1/2″ Contrasting Fabric B

You may adjust the size pocket to any size you would like 🙂



1. On wrong side of fabric (A) draw a 5″ x 5″ square centering from the top of the 6″ end, these lines will be your seam allowance (Fig. 1).


2. Place fabric (A) on top of fabric (B) with right sides together. Leave the 1 1/2″ excess fabric at the top of your pocket (Fig. 2).



3. Sew pocket following the drawn lines. Clip corners at an angle (Fig. 3).




4. Turn pocket right side out and press (Fig. 4).



5. Turn excess fabric (B) down to meet top edge of fabric (A) press (Fig. 5).


6. Fold fabric (B) over top of fabric (A) press. Top stitch across bottom edge of fabric (B) as shown in (Fig. 6).

Tah Dah! You are now ready to sew this finished pocket on your project. Simply center and pin pocket into place on your tote bag, sew close to edges on the sides and bottom of pocket leaving the top open.

Note: If you would like to make this pocket so it has it’s own special place for your ink pen or pencil simply sew a straight line down one side of the pocket once it’s attached to your tote bag, allowing enough room for your pencil / pen. I allowed 1″ for mine.

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