An Upcycled Sewing Pattern for Denim Pockets

Fall is right around the corner, and Mary Walter, Technical Editor of Stitch came up with an innovative project that everyone is talking about. In fact, friend and colleague Cate Prato liked it so much she blogged about it on our sister site After hearing all the positive feedback, I couldn't help but share this upcycled sewing pattern with you. Here are the directions for making the Patched Pocket Panel:


  • Nine 8" x 8" cotton fabric squares
  • ¾ yard cotton fabric for backing and hanging sleeve (if desired)
  • 9 pockets from formerly loved jeans
  • 25" square of batting
  • Thread, denim (or size 90/14) machine needle, acrylic ruler, cutting mat, rotary cutter

Upcycled Sewing Pattern for Denim Pockets
The Patched Pocket Panel by Mary Walter, one of several upcycling ideas from the Fall 2012 issue of Stitch magazine.


1. Lay out the 9 cotton squares and place a denim pocket on each.

2. For easy placement, press each cotton square and pocket in half, lengthwise. Layer a pocket onto a cotton square, lining up the pressed folds and placing the point of the pocket ½" from the bottom edge of the cotton square.

3. Sew each pocket to a cotton square stitching on the sides and the bottom, following the double-stitched lines of the pocket.

4. Arrange the sewn pocket panels into 3 rows of 3 squares. Sew each row together alternating the direction of the pressed seams to nest the seams where the squares meet.

5. Layer the patched panel top (right side up), the backing fabric (wrong side up), and the batting (on top). Pin the layers together. Stitch the layers together using a ¼" seam allowance, leaving a 4" opening at the bottom for turning. Trim excess batting.

6. Clip corners, turn right side out, and press. Turn in the open seam edges and slip-stitch closed.

7. Stitch in the ditch around each pocket square.

Upcycled Sewing Project for Denim Pockets
How to center the pocket on
the cotton square.

If you like, you can add a hanging sleeve. Or you can just tack it up on the wall (depending on your wall and what you plan to put in the pockets, if anything).

This is just one of several clever upcycling projects in the Fall 2012 issue of Stitch magazine. You can order Stitch Fall 2012 in the Sew Daily Shop.

Do you have a favorite item that you like to upcycle into something beautiful and useful? Tell us about it below.

Happy stitching!

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About Amber

Amber Eden is the editor of Stitch and She LOVES sewing and editing Stitch and She also loves dance, yoga, iced decaf triple espressos, and her two golden retrievers. She divides her time between Boston and New York.