Make an Embellished, Denim Fold-Over Bag
Add an Open Exterior Pocket
A divided pocket is sewn into the bottom and side seams of the bag back. This open pocket is the perfect place to stash nonvaluable items you need quick access to, such as pens or gum. First, edge the pocket top with faux leather trim, then attach the pocket to the bag back with a line of stitching that also divides the pocket in half.
1) Start with the exterior pocket piece and lining that are already basted, wrong sides together. The trim is a 2-inch-wide piece of faux leather, at least 21-inches long. Clip the trim to the pocket's exterior top edge, right sides together and edges aligned. Use a zipper foot with transparent tape on the bottom, and set the stitch length to 4-mm. Sew the trim to the pocket with a 3⁄8-inch seam allowance.
2) Wrap the trim up and over the pocket's top edge to the lining side. Clip in place. On the right side, stitch in the ditch over the first seam.
3) Trim the faux leather on the wrong side with pinking shears. Cut the trim's short ends flush with the pocket edges. Mark the pocket's dividing line at its vertical center, perpendicular to the trim.
4) Align the side and bottom edges of the exterior pocket and the bag back. Clip in place. Stitch to divide the exterior pocket. Sew with a 4-mm straight stitch along the pocket dividing line, from the bag bottom toward the pocket's trimmed top edge. One inch from the pocket top, switch to a satin or zigzag stitch (with a 1-mm stitch length and a 4-mm stitch width) to sew over the pocket's top edge and firmly secure it. Extend the satin stitch slightly beyond the pocket trim, then turn the work 180 degrees with the needle down, set the stitch back to straight and 4-mm long, and sew over the first stitching line back to the pocket's bottom edge.