How to Embroider the Back Pocket of Your Favorite Pair of Jeans

comments (5) September 20th, 2008     

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JenniferStern Jennifer Stern, contributor
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Heres my embroidered pocket.
This is the before shot.
Use a sharp seam ripper to take the pocket off.
Heres my embroidered pocket.

Here's my embroidered pocket.

Photo: jen stern
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Now, embroider your design.

Embroider the design on the pocket.

When the embroidery is done, take the pocket out of the hoop and tear away as much of the stabilizer as you can.

Here are some tips to make sewing your pockets back on a snap! The corners of a pocket are very thick because of all the edges that are folded on top of one another. You can use a hammer to gently pound the thick spots to soften the fabric.

Softening the thick corners will make them easier to sew through.

If you didn't take out the original topstitching thread when you removed the pockets, pick it out now. Notice that the thread protects denim from fading, so you have a nice dark line that you can use as a guide to sew the pocket back on.

Pick off all the topstitching before you sew the pocket back on.

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Comments (5)

JonesEmma writes: Wow! I love the unfinished chalk marks and stains! Is there a name or address to research the embroiderer? I would try to look into it and if nothing, I would make up a history. The piece could become an artwork between stitchers through time, though I would leave the original stitches as is and add new completely different images too. Enjoy whatever you decide:).
Posted: 5:23 am on August 5th
thedigitizingdiva writes: Hey Jen!

As always you have great information!!! Your patterns are great, and I think this is great info...very detailed! So many "how to's" are woefully lacking in specifics!!!

Excellent comment about softening the edges with the hammer and positioning with wonder tape!!!

Charlton Sewing Center, Embroidery Instructor
Posted: 10:55 am on May 26th
scrapslady writes: I'm with sewingcats. I have an embroidery machine but haven't learned to use it yet. Don't see why you couldn't use a hand embroidery pattern to do the same thing. If you're really good at hand embroidery, it can be even more charming.
Posted: 3:13 pm on March 7th
sewingcats writes: Not everyone has an embrodiery machine! What's your idea for those of us who will have to use a needle and floss/ribbon or the built-in stitches on our sewing machines?
Posted: 4:37 pm on January 3rd
robingal1 writes: This is great! I'm looking forward to trying this myself!
Posted: 2:27 pm on September 22nd
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