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Pajama Flannel Pants with Pockets Sew-Along

Winter is here and snow is on the ground. This means lounging around in a comfortable pair of flannel pants.

I don’t know about you, but I carry my cell phone around with me everywhere I go. This means I need pockets. This was the inspiration for this sew along as I recently upgraded my cell phone and it is much larger than my previous one. This resulted in my cell phone falling out of my pocket when I sat down. Therefore, I had to increase the pocket size in this version of my flannel pants.

If you have a pattern that doesn’t include a cell phone pocket then don’t worry they are easy to add.

You can download my pocket template here: Click here to download PDF

Then simply draw your pocket out using the technique in the diagram below. Then follow along with me in the video as I show you every step on how to sew them onto your pants.


Use the Bottom Line Marker to increase or decrease your pocket size based on your phone size.

Pants Sew-Along with Front Slant Pocket and Backside Elastic Waistband

Follow along with me as I sew pair of muslin fitting pants for a client. These pants include front slant pockets. In order to allow for maximum comfort and fitting flexibility we will include elastic on the back half of the waistband. This allows for a clean finish on the front side of the waistband.

I also explain how to add slant pockets to an existing pattern. I hope this beneficial to those of you who have any questions regarding the construction process. Please let me know if you have any questions.

How to sew a true professional flat felled seam.

Home sewers often resort to techniques that result in a faux flat felled seam. This often starts of by sewing right sides together at 5/8″ then trimming one side of the seam and folding over the longer side to encase the raw edges.

Although this achieves the goal of encasing the raw seams it does NOT address the strength feature of the original flat felled seam that Levi Strauss used to ensure the inside leg seams would withstand the mine works daily abuse they put on their jeans.

Fast forward to today’s lightweight, stretch denim with Lycra and you only compound the problem. After hearing from several home sewers who have worked hard to complete their own pair of jeans only to have the stress of the crotch area expose the seam I decided to create a video to demonstrate how a home sewer can sew a professional flat felled seam successfully.

To be clear a flat felled seam should display 2 rows of stitching on the right and wrong side of the fabric and each stitch should be sewn through 4 layers (2 from each side of the seam) of fabric. Any seam that includes only one stitch sewing through 4 layers is a faux flat felled seam in my opinion. This doesn’t mean that it won’t work on your project though. So if that works for you go for it. It is certainly easier for most to sew, which is why so many home sewers use it.