Hidden Kangaroo Pocket for Halifax


A few folks asked for a tutorial on how I achieved the pocket after I shared my new favorite sweatshirt, so today I'm showing you how to create a simple hidden kangaroo pocket for the Halifax pattern (Hey June).

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I had recently made 3 View Es of Halifax. It started with trying to recreate the hi-lo hem on the newly released Sunday Everyday (Ensemble Patterns). 

I think it worked out fine, but anyway! Back to the pocket, Loni. Focus.


First, make a copy (by printing another one or tracing the original) of the Halifax's front panel, and cut it to the height of the pocket pouch you desire. My pocket panel pattern piece is about 10 inches long on the angled side seam. Scoop out a shallow pocket opening in the middle of the side seam, preserving about 2 inches of the original side seam above and below the opening. 

You'll be using this new pattern piece to cut a pocket facing and a pocket lining. The pocket facing has the curved openings and the lining is cut straight, without any openings.

Take your main front panel (folded) and lay your new template over. Then cut out the pocket openings.


Also cut a pocket facing with pocket openings and a pocket lining (red) without the openings. If you are using a light weight knit, you may want to interface the wrong side of the pocket facing to give the pocket a little stability. I used ponte for this example and a quilted knit for my original design so I did not interface those pieces.


Place the front panel and pocket facing right sides together. Sew or serge along the pocket opening curves (essentially between pins here).


Flip the pocket facing so the front panel and the facing are now wrong sides together. Press. Top stitch the pocket opening curves.


Lay the pocket lining over the pocket facing, right sides together. Sew or serge along the top straight edge, keeping the main front panel out of the way.


That is it, my friends! 


You may like to baste or pin the 3 layers together along the sides and bottom to avoid shifting while you assemble the rest of your Halifax as per the pattern instructions.