Supplies for 1 Pocket
* 2 rectangles (for this pattern the measurement was 4.75 x 6)
* 1 large rectangle of coordinating fabric measuring (3 x 6)
* 1 small rectangle of coordinating fabric measuring (2 x 3)
* hand needle and thread
Step One - The Bow
Press the long edge on the top of the large rectangle at 1/8", then press a second time at 1/8" again. Top-stitch the tiny hem and repeat with the other long edge of your rectangle. There are many ways to gather fabric! This bow is so small that I am simply going to stitch three lines down the center of my bow. The TRICK is I hold onto the thread itself as it leaves the spool. Hold the thread firmly in your fingers creating tension in the thread. This will gather your fabric without changing any settings on your machine. Start with the middle line then run a second line on each side of it. Set your bow aside for a moment.
Step Two - The Tie & Assembly
Gently fold the small rectangle right sides together creating a tube. Stitch the long edge leaving the ends open. Turn the tube right side out and press the tube (to see pictures of this process click here and read our I-Spy Bag tutorial) Next top-stitch down both long edges. Then take your Tie piece and wrap it around the center of the Bow piece, covering the three gather stitches. Hold the ends of the tie together and using a zig-zag stitch, secure each end to each other. This does not have to be pretty, it will not be seen.
Step Four - Attachment
Pin the edges of the bow to each side of the top Pocket piece. I left a bit of over just for security. Then press the poofy part of your bow toward the center and secure it with another pin. Sandwich the second Pocket piece on top of the Bow with the right sides together. Stitch around three edges leaving the top of the pocket open for turning.
Turn your pocket right side out, remove pins, and press the top seams. Top-stitch the TOP seam of the pocket. Now take your good old needle and thread and secure the center of the bow to your pocket.
I have something crusty on my pocket today; I think I sat in some of the oatmeal I made my kids for breakfast, that should give you an indication about what my pocket says about me! My question to you is that if your pocket is a statement peice, what does your it say about you today? Let me know in the comments and then come visit us on our Facebook page for you chance to enter in our Phat Friday Giveaway! You have till Sunday night to enter. See you there!