I live in the Pacific Northwest where it’s cold and rainy nine months out of the year. So, of course, I love all the cozy hoodies and so do my kids. Adding some accent piping to a kangaroo pocket is a great way to give it that little something extra. I used the kid’s Jo sweatshirt for this one but this little hack is perfect for Josephine, Halftime Hoodie, Kids’ Halftime Hoodie, Annabeth or any other pattern with a kangaroo pocket.
Let’s get started!
The first thing you’ll need to do is trim off the angled sections on either side of the pocket that you would normally fold in.
Once you have done that, you’ll need to measure the edge to determine the width of your piping piece. I made a kid’s size 6, so mine was 5 ¼”.
Next, you will need to decide how long you want your accent piece to be. I want mine to be about ½” when finished. You will multiply your finished measurement by 2 because you will be folding it in half. Then add ¾” to that for your seam allowance. Mine will be 1 ¾” long and 5 ½” wide. You will need to cut 2 of these pieces.
You should now have your pocket and 2 accent pieces.
Fold your accent pieces in half lengthwise (hot dog) and press. Pin them in place along your pocket edge right sides together and sew using a stretch stitch or serger. Press your seam allowance in towards the pocket and topstitch.
Once you get to this stage you will continue to follow the construction outlined in your pattern instructions by folding in the top, left, and right lower sides and attaching them to your shirt.
Then just continue on as instructed and voila, you’ll have yourself some fun accents for your pocket to show off!