Types of Pockets: how to include them in your sewing project

Pockets are essential elements in most clothing items. Pockets are important in work and casual clothing, both for their functionality and style.

In this article, you will learn about the different types of pockets and how they can be included in garment designs. We will also offer some recommendations to help designers incorporate them into garments so that they are functional and aesthetically appealing.


Patch pockets

They are the most common and easiest to make. They are sewn directly into the garment and can be found on most clothing items. These pockets are generally rectangular and can be made in different sizes.

Can be used as a front pocket or back pocket. They are ideal for work clothing such as jackets, shirts and pants.

Side pockets

They are generally haute couture and are found next to the garments. They are common on pants and skirts, and are often closed with zippers or buttons. These pockets are ideal for carrying small items such as keys, cell phones, watches or purses.

Gusseted patch pockets
Similar to standard patch pockets, but have additional expansion at the bottom to allow larger items to fit. Used on formal jackets and pants, they are closed with buttons or zippers to prevent objects from falling out.

Welt pockets

Common in jackets and coats, they are characterized by an opening at the top of the garment. They are often decorated with lapels, buttons and sturdy piping. They are used to store small items such as tissues or gloves.

Flap patch pockets

They are similar to standard patch pockets, but have a flap that closes with buttons to keep items secure. They are usually applied to jackets and coats. You can store small items.

Interior pockets

They are made to be inside, usually in the lining. It is mainly applied in jackets, with the purpose of storing small objects that are not visible to everyone. Double stitching is usually applied when including it or placing it as a side seam.


Pockets play an important role in the functionality and style of a garment. When designing garments, it is important to consider the type of pocket that will be used and where the garment will be located.

For example, if you are designing casual pants, side pockets may be a good option. On a jacket, flap patch pockets may be more appropriate. Designers should also consider the size and shape of the pockets. With the intention of ensuring that they are large enough for the objects expected to be stored in them.

Remember that they must be functional, creative and attractive to consumers.



Functionality is the most important consideration when including pockets in garment designs. They must be large enough so that the user can enter the objects without problem.


Style is also important when including pockets in garment designs. Pockets should be aesthetically appealing and complement the overall design of the garment. Designers should consider the type of pocket that will be used. And the material of the garment to ensure that the pockets integrate well into the overall design.


The location of the pockets is also important. They have to be placed in comfortable places, where the person wearing the garment can use it easily. For example, side pockets on pants should be easy to reach.

As you already know, there are different types of pockets that can be applied in various design parts. The important thing when including them in your design is that they are functional, have a good style and adapt very well to trends. The rest depends on you and creativity.

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