Heart Shaped Pockets or Patches Tutorial

When I set out to make Brynlee’s Valentine’s Day dress I knew I wanted to add some heart shape pockets to it. I thought that she would really love having pockets and that it would add just the right amount of valentine’s-ness without it being too over the top that she wouldn’t be able to wear it later on.


Making these pockets was super simple and the same method could be applied if you wanted to just add a heart patch to something. I’m loving heart patches on the elbows of sweater and might have to do that next!


First, I made a heart pattern so that all of my hearts would be consistent. I did this by making a 4.5”x4.5” heart outline in Word, printed and cut it out.


Then using your fabric of choice, fold it over once, pin your heart pattern on top and cut it out.


Do this twice so you will end up with four matching hearts.


Right sides together, pin your two sets of hearts.


Sew around the perimeter of your heart, I used a ¼” seam allowance, leaving a small gap to turn your heart right side out.


Make small snips around the rounded top part of the heart, making sure to not cut your seam. This will make it easier when you go to turn your heart right side out.


Cut the bottom tip of the heart to ensure your heart will have a sharp point when you turn it out.


Turn it right side out and press.


IF YOU ARE GOING TO MAKE PATCHES: Once pressed, sew on your heart patch using a 1/8” seam.

IF YOU ARE MAKING POCKETS: Place pins on either side of your hearts making sure that point is even with the center dip in the heart.


Using a 1/8” seam, sew the top of your heart from pin to pin, making sure to back stitch at the beginning and end.


Now, place your pockets where you want them, pin them down and sew the bottom half of your heart, using a 1/8” seam beginning and ending where you have already sewn.


I absolutely love this dress and think that the pockets really make it what it is! I can’t wait to add more pockets and patches to Brynlee’s clothes now. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and please share if you make any pockets or patches!






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