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Robert Ruffle Pockets

Updated: May 31, 2023

Need to make shorts for the little girls in your life? The Robert pattern is a great option. In this version, we added a ruffle to the pocket for that feminine touch. For a more tailored look, try using a ruffler foot on your machine to make your ruffles. See our other article for some pointers on how to use this foot.


Children’s Corner Robert pattern Contrast fabric – 1/8 yard


1. Follow pants with pockets pattern instructions for cutting out fabric and beginning construction up through step 3. 2. Cut two strips of contrast fabric 2 1/2” by the measurement in the chart below.

3. Press the strip in half lengthwise with wrong sides together. Stitch two lines of gathering stitches across the raw edge of the folded ruffle. Stitch the first line 1/8” from raw edge and the second line 3/8” from raw edge. 4. Gather the ruffle to fit the pocket curve. Match raw edges of the ruffle and pocket curve. Pin and stitch in place. Remove gathering threads.

5. Continue with step 4, place pants pocket lining on pants front with right sides together and ruffle between. Stitch using the ruffle stitch line as a guide. Trim and clip seam allowance. 6. 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. 7. Follow pattern instructions to complete the construction of the shorts. Adaptation by Susan Whitman

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