Wow! OK so this is the last tutorial for Time for a Change! You all are making AWESOME bags with the pattern and I love seeing the fabric combinations you are choosing! If you have any additional requests, pop into the Facebook Group and I can give you tips and advice much more quickly than writing one of these. I have an after school babysitter now (YAY!) but I need to use those afternoons wisely!
The reason I struggled with elastic pockets on this bag is that normally with elastic pockets, you just make a casing and add elastic to the top of the pocket like you would a waist band, and then sew the raw edges into the side and/or bottom seams. You can’t do that on Time for a Change due to the angle of the bag. But, the bonus is that you can use this elastic patch pocket on ANY bag!
Cut 1 main fabric & 1 lining: 18″ wide x 9″ tall
1 fusible interfacing (SF101 or similar): 17.5″ tall x 8.5″ tall
You don’t want this to be too thick or the elastic won’t have the power to gather it, so if you’re using thick fabric or home dec for the exterior, stick with a cotton lining fabric or skip the fusible.
3/8″ wide elastic: 13″
Fuse the interfacing to the main fabric
Place the pieces RST and sew around with a 3/8″ SA. Leave a 6″ gap in the bottom for turning.
Now stitch one end of the elastic right over the original stitch line on the side seam, just below the stitches across the top.
Stitch again within the seam allowance to secure. You don’t want the elastic coming undone or you’ll have a saggy pocket!
Repeat with the other side.
Turn right sides out and press. Press one section at a time on top. Make sure you fold the opening under and press that too.
Topstitch with a 5/8″ SA. Reach inside to position the elastic and then hold it firmly against the top of the seam as you sew. You are basically creating a casing for it now, and you don’t want to stitch over the elastic or the pocket will stretch and not gather evenly, or at all! Stretch out just the section that you are sewing. Go very slowly.
Now that the top is gathered, it should be narrower than the bottom. The bottom edge needs to be pleated to make the pocket a rectangle, as well as allow for larger objects like wipes containers to fit.
Mark or pin 4″ from each bottom edge.
Bring the pins/marks together to the center one and press!
Baste along the bottom edge to hold the pleats in place. This will also close the opening.
And from the back side…
Stitch into place just like the original pocket in the pattern!
I really hope this satisfies your elastic pocket needs! :)