How to Add Pockets to a Ski Jacket

How to Add Pockets to a Ski Jacket
When you ski, you are always in danger of falling (even if you've been skiing for years), so the last thing you want to do while negotiating the slopes is to have to open your ski jacket to dig something out. For this reason, most ski jackets are equipped with pockets on the outside, but there are times when the pockets provided might not be enough. Where else can we put pockets? On the sleeves.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Sewing Kit
  • Fastener
  • Velcro
Step 1
Determine the material your ski jacket is made of; once you've done this, you can go to your local craft store and buy more of this material, hopefully in the same color as your jacket. If the craft store doesn't have your particular type of material, ask them to order it for you, if possible.
Step 2
Measure your sleeves. You'll probably not want the sleeve pocket to go all the way around your sleeve (for both aesthetic and aerodynamic considerations). Measuring about three-fourths of the sleeve width should be fine. Depending on how long you want the pocket or how many pockets you want, measure down your arm. For these reasons, we'll go with one pocket on each sleeve, each six inches deep.
Step 3
Grab your sewing kit. If you are not an adept thread worker, recruit a friend or relative. You will most likely need to have a double stitch to keep the pocket secure. Stitch around three sides of the pocket, leaving the top open for your fastener.
Step 4
Attach a fastener. For an outside pocket, you want something easy to open. Velcro seems to be the easiest to fasten and unfasten. Depending on the type of Velcro you get, you may be able to use adhesive to keep it on the inside of the pocket, but you may want to sew the Velcro pieces into the pocket and the arm of the sleeve just for good measure. With Velcro you won't want to put anything important like car keys or identification inside the pocket, but if you are an asthmatic, you could definitely slide your inhaler in the sleeve pocket for an easy reach.
Step 5
Enjoy your new pocket. Cited is an example of the kind of ski jackets you can purchase and attach pockets to.

Article Written By Heather Broeker

Originally from North Carolina, Heather Broeker studied journalism and advertising at the University of North Carolina. After graduation she moved to Los Angeles, where she worked for Fox Searchlight, Fox Reality and later as a writer and marketing director. Broeker now lives in Los Angeles and runs Head Over Heels, a writing and public relations company.

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