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Robert Pockets with Ric Rac

Updated: May 31, 2023

Our Robert pattern isn’t only for boys. For girls, try adding ric rac to the pocket, waistband, and hemline for a touch of contrast and whimsy. For a more feminine touch, see our instructions on adding a ruffle to the pocket.


Children’s Corner Robert pattern Ric Rac - 1 1/2 – 2 3/4 yards


1. Follow Unlined Pants with pockets pattern instructions for cutting out fabric and begin construction up through step 3. 2. Prior to step 4, measure the length of the pocket curve, and cut 2 pieces of ric rac this length. Place the ric rac to the right side of the pocket curve of the pants front centering the ric rac on the seam line (1/4” from edge of fabric). It is helpful to use basting glue (like Roxanne’s) or Wonder Tape to hold ric rac in place. Stitch down the center of the ric rac using a 1/4” seam. 3. Sew pants pocket lining on pants front with right sides together and ric rac between. Stitch using the ric rac stitching line as a guide. Trim and clip seam allowance. Fold pocket lining to wrong side of the pants and press. Topstitch 1/8” from the curve, using an edgestitch foot. Repeat with the other pocket. 4. Follow pattern instructions for steps 5-7. 5. Continue with step 8 and cut a piece of ric rac the length of the front waistband. Stitch this ric rac to the waistband 1/4” from the bottom fabric edge of the waistband. Stitch waistband to pants front with right sides together using ric rac stitch line as a guide. Press seam allowance toward band. Topstitch waistband along ric rac edge 1/8” from edge using edgestitch foot. 6. Follow pattern instructions for steps 9-15 completing shorts hem as instructed. Measure the shorts hem line and cut 2 lengths of ric rac this length plus 1”. 7. Create a “faux” fold up “cuff,” by sewing the hem as instructed in the unlined version of the pattern. Important to note that the overall length of the shorts will be 1/2" shorter than the pattern calls for with this method. Topstitch the ric rac down the center of the hemline. Curve the each end of the ric rac down below the hemline so that it will be covered up with your “faux” hem. Take the finished bottom edge of the hem and fold it up towards the ric rac. Place the finished edge down the center of the ric rac, and topstitch a scant 1/8” from the edge holding the new “fax” hem in place.

8. Finish shorts following instructions 16-19 as instructed. Adaptation by Melissa Sansom

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