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What Is a Welt Pocket?
A welt pocket is a sewn pocket that is topstitched in place on top of a garment. This pocket is often flat and sometimes includes a reinforced border along the edge of the fabric. Welt pockets come in different forms and styles. They can be functional or decorative, and add a fun or interesting detail to your fashion fabrics.
4 Types of Welt Pockets
Welt pockets come in many different sizes and styles, including:
- Single-welt pockets. These welt pockets can come with a folded welt or a separate welt. They appear flush against the garment, with a small, usually hidden opening.
- Double-welt pockets. Similar to the single welt pocket, double welt pockets can also use a folded or separate welt. However, the main difference is that this pocket uses two welts to create an opening rather than a single fabric strip.
- Faux-welt pocket. Also called a decorative welt pocket, these pockets are purely for decoration rather than functionality. Faux welt pockets can give a plain garment of clothing more texture and detail or enhance a silhouette.
- Zippered-welt pocket. If you prefer a more secure pocket, you can include a zippered-welt pocket instead, which has zipper teeth where the plain fabric edges would be located. The zipper can be hidden or exposed, depending on the style you choose.
How to Make a Welt Pocket
If you’re new to the world of sewing welt pockets, you can start simply with a single welt by following the steps below:
- Apply fusible interfacing to the fabric. On the wrong side of the garment, apply a strip of interfacing behind where the pocket will be to reinforce the structure and form of the fabric. You can use hand-basting stitches to help see your welt opening (the top of the pocket) on the right side of the garment.