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Origami Welt Pocket

Video: Jeff Roos, Cari Delahanty. Technical Editor: by Carol Fresia

Threads Contributing Editor Kenneth D. King demonstrates the patternwork and sewing involved in creating what he calls an origami welt pocket. This is a single-welt pocket in which the welt’s seams have been cleverly shifted from the edges, where they create unwanted bulk, to the underside. This creates a flatter, more balanced welt.

Kenneth starts by describing how this pocket welt differs from a classic pocket. Then he provides an overview of the patterns required to make his version.

To demonstrate making the pocket welt pattern, Kenneth works on a piece of graph paper. By manipulating this pattern, he shows how to create a mitered end seam for the welt, to replace the original end seams.

Trace the welt pattern onto silk organza. Then cut hair canvas the size of the finished welt; shave a sliver off the long edge to accommodate the turn of cloth.

Zigzag-stitch the canvas…

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    user-2117262 | | #1

    Excellent instruction. I will certainly try this on my next jacket. Thank you Mr. King.

  2. user-6787239 | | #2

    Timely video! My next step in pocket "skills" is the welt pocket. So glad I checked this out! Easy!

  3. Kitchencinque | | #3

    I completely wrecked a skirt because I could not get the welt pockets to work, and boy, once you've cut that fabric - yikes! Thank you for this; it looks like it is certainly worth practicing, too.

  4. Kminturn | | #4

    I believe this welt pocket was originally taught by Judy Barlup, as part of her Japanese tailoring instructions.

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