After making this messenger bag (http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=187051.0
) using Kategirl's fabulous tutorial (found here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=182493.0
) there were requests for how I made the side pockets. I am currently making a messenger bag for my son's teacher for her laptop. Here is a tutorial on the side pockets:
Cut the pockets to the size you want. I made mine 7.5" square. I calculated this measurement by adding the width of the bottom of the bag (ie. 3") plus 1" each for the folded box pleats (ie. there will be 2 pleats each of 2 folds totalling 4 folds x 1" = 4") plus 1/4" seam allowance either side totalling 1/2". Therefore 3" + 4" + 1/2" = 7.5". I was happy with the height of 7" (plus 1/4" seam allowance each for top and bottom totalling 1/2"). Cut two pieces - one of lining and one of outer fabrics.
Place these right sides together and sew across the top:
Open out and press the seam:
Place the pieces back together (right sides together) and sew down one side, catching elastic in the seam at the top of the side. Pull elastic taught then repeat for the other side:
Turn this piece right side out and press side seams. Pull the elastic taught and sew across the top (about 1/2" from the top) creating a channel for the elastic.
Now with the bottom of the pocket, make two even pleats either end and press
With the outer front section of your bag, using chalk or a washable marker, draw a line from the bottom up parallel with the side seam (as shown in the picture). Repeat for the other side and also repeat on the outer back section of your bag too:
Sew the side seams of your bag together:
Sew the pockets to the bag up the edge of the pockets with the line marked on your bag:
This is what you should have now:
Sew the bottom section of your bag (if you have one). If you are using Kategirl's tutorial, you won't have this bottom seam.
Remember the pleats you pressed earlier? Now is the time to reposition those and pin. Turn the bag right sides together and sew across the bottom corner (NOT
with pins in of course):
This is your completed side pocket. I know that the elastic looks really bulky at the top of the pocket but that is due to the fabric being heavy denim. If you have cotton, your elasticised pocket won't look as bulky.
I will post a picture of the completed bag - I really like how this one is coming together.