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How to Sew a Hip Pocket


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Video Duration: 9 minutes

You’ll love this video if:

  • You are sewing a pair of pants or trousers, such as jeans, shorts, or dress pants
  • You are sewing a pattern with hip pockets
  • You want to learn a useful sewing technique, and advance your skill set
  • You want to learn more about sewing different types of pockets
  • You want to create a professional finish on your garment

Techniques Demonstrated in this Video:

  • How to line up each of your pocket pieces properly before sewing
  • Understitching your lining seam to ensure the fabric remains hidden from the right side of the garment
  • How to slash the pocket seam allowance for a smooth, flat finish
  • How to sew the pocket bag together
  • How to use a basting stitch to hold untethered pieces in place while assembling the garment


In this video, Becky MacKinnon will demonstrate the step by step process of sewing a hip pocket into a pair of trousers. She will go over each of the pattern pieces required to sew a fully lined pocket, and show you how to sew everything together to create a tidy, professional finish. Hip pockets are a common feature on many trouser and skirt patterns, as they add both style and convenience to a finished garment. Whether you are sewing formal or casual garments, menswear or women’s wear, this is one sewing technique that is sure to help you with many future projects.

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About the Expert:

Becky MacKinnon has been teaching sewing for 4 years at The Sewing Studio and instructs a number of webinars and videos for Burdastyle. She has dipped her feet into just about everything in the fashion industry. From couture to sports wear to accessories to pet apparel, she’s sewn it all- and has probably taught someone else how to sew it too! With her broad and technical background Becky has helped many new fashion designers launch their brands and has inspired a love for sewing in students of all ages.