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Adding pockets to a down jacket
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Erik Dietz

Locale: Los Angeles
Adding pockets to a down jacket on 04/07/2013 11:54:55 MDT Print View

Hi everyone,

I currently own a Patagonia Nano Puff which I like a lot. However, I've been thinking I'd really like some front pockets. Any ideas on how to add these without totally butchering the jacket? My mom is great at sewing though I don't know if she will do this for me yet. Any ideas?


Roger Caffin
(rcaffin) - BPL Staff - MLife

Locale: Wollemi & Kosciusko NPs, Europe
Re: Adding pockets to a down jacket on 04/07/2013 15:32:11 MDT Print View

With considerable difficulty and mess. Me, I would put the pockets elsewhere.


jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Adding pockets to a down jacket on 04/07/2013 15:38:49 MDT Print View

Construct two flaps - fabric, insulation, fabric, finish all the edges. Then just sew to the jacket around the perimeter leaving a hole for your hands. Kind of a kludge maybe?

Dustin Short
(upalachango) - MLife
Re: Re: Adding pockets to a down jacket on 04/08/2013 01:42:44 MDT Print View

Well the nano puff is synthetic, not down so may not be too messy.

Still probably not worth it in my opinion. However if dead set you can butcher something up. Sew a long thin rectangle (reminiscent of an oversized button hole) in the vertical direction where your hands will enter the pocket. Use another jacket with pockets for reference. Cut out the center the rectangle and finish the raw edges with some edge binding and/or a zipper. Then just sew on a back panel on the inside to make the actual pocket.

It'll probably end up fairly messy still and I wouldn't recommend the project.

Jacques de Plume
zippered pockets on 04/08/2013 01:54:12 MDT Print View

I recently added a small zippered pocket to a life vest using this tutorial:

Shouldn't be messy and the finished look is clean. Thin zippers (YKK 3C) will hardly add any weight. I believe my 12cm zipper weighs less than 5 grams.