35 Types of Pockets for Your Clothing [Images]

Last updated on September 8th, 2023 at 11:25 pm

35 Different Types of Pockets

A small bag sewn into or on clothing so as to form part of it, used for carrying small articles is known as pocket.

Different types of pocket.

The different types of pocket are shown below – 


A pocket that is pressed and sewn on to the exterior of a garment.

Patch Pocket

Patch with Pleat

As the patch pocket, but with a box pleat to create more space within the pocket.

Patch with Pleat


The pocket is constructed by cutting through the garment to the required length of the finished pocket, then the edges are bound and a pocket bag attached to the back of the garment.

Jetted Pocket

Jetted with Reinforcement

As the jetted pocket, but with leather or fabric patches stitched to the edge of the pocket to strengthen the finished binding.

Jetted with Reinforcement

Bound Patch

As the patch pocket, here shown gathered into a binding applied to the top edge to neaten it.

Bound Patch


Normally a breast pocket placed on any kind of shirt but usually a work shirt. It is a patch pocket with a shaped bottom and a turned back and top-stitched welt effect at the top.

Shirt Pocket

Patch with Flap

As the patch pocket, but with a bagged out flap, the same width as the patch and stitched above the patch, to cover the opening. It is finished with a button or stud fastening.

Patch with Flap


Similar in construction to the jetted pocket in that the garment is slashed to the length of the finished pocket and a folded and bagged out piece of fabric, the width of the finished pocket, plus seam allowance, is set into the slash and stitched up at the sides. The extended flap is stitched down at the sides and covers the pocket opening.

Welt Pocket

Jetted with Zip

As the jetted pocket, but with a zip set into the opening created by the bindings.

Jetted with Zip

Shirred Patch

As the patch pocket but the head of the pocket is elasticized to create a more spacious pocket.

Shirred Patch Pocket

Double Pocket

This is a patch pocket that is layered to create two pockets. The zipped top is the entrance to one pocket and here the left side is the entry for the other.

Double Pocket

Post box in Patch

The patch pocket and jetted pocket combined in that the entrance to the pocket is through the jet, the patch being stitch all the around.

Post box in Patch Pocket

Angled Flap

A shaped flap set into the garment like an upside down welt.

Angled Flap Pocket

Jetted with Tab

As the jetted pocket, but with a tab for fastening set into the jet.

Jetted with Tab Pocket


Normally seen on dungarees, overalls and work jeans, the mechanic’s pocket is a large patch with cut away top and tag at the bottom for hanging tools.

Mechanic’s Pocket


Like the kangaroo pocket but with many more divisions for specific tools and instruments.

Utility Pocket


Like the angled flap, but with a bottom carving to a point, echoing the western or cowboy style of pocket.

Western Pocket

Jetted with Flap

This pocket is like the jet with tab. The flap runs the full width of the pocket and here has curved corners.

Jetted with Flap Pocket


A patch pocket with a pleat set behind it that expands to accommodate articles placed within it. Applied to work jackets and coats.

Bellows Pocket

Patch with Tab

As the patch pocket, but with an extended tab and button head for decoration only.

Patch with Tab Pocket

Denim top-stitched

A patch pocket made from denim and applied to denim jeans and other jeans-styled garments. It has the hallmark twin top-stitching.

Denim top-stitched Pocket

Rounded Flap

Like the angled flap but with curved edges.

Rounded Flap Pocket

Curved Jet

As the jetted pocket but the cut in the garment is curved, not straight. This example has leather reinforcements.

Curved Jet Pocket


A patch pocket cut with flare at the top, like a cowl neck, and applied to the external surface of the garment. It creates a draped silhouette.

Bucket Pocket


A patch pocket that is split in two and overlapped with a curved top, to create a folded petal effect.

Petal Pocket


A wide patch pocket split into two by a stitch line.

Kangaroo Pocket

Contoured Jet with Reinforcement

As the curved jet but the opening is exaggerated to show the pocket bag, which is made in a contrast fabric. The corners are also reinforced.

Contoured Jet with Reinforcement Pocket

Hidden in Seam

This pocket has the appearance of the curved jet, but is much simpler in construction. It is set into a seam, topstitched and reinforced, pocket bags are applied to the seam allowance inside the garment.

Hidden in Seam Pocket


This pocket is similar to the hidden in seam pocket, the seam being part of a raglan sleeve and set close to the shoulder. Consequently the pocket has the name epaulette, i.e. shoulder ornament.

Epaulette Pocket


This pocket is set into the side seam of the garment, similar to the hidden in seam pocket.

Side Pocket

Curved Inset

The pocket here is constructed as a part of the front of the trouser or skirt, the back of the pocket is also part of the construction. The back of the pocket bag is an extension of that part of the garment, the front of it is effectively a facing to the front part of the garment.

Curved Inset Pocket

Slanted Inset

As the curved inset but the shape of the pocket is that of a slant instead of a curve.

Slanted Inset Pocket


Similar in construction to the mechanic’s pocket but applied to the waist of jeans or dungarees. The belt passes through the top of the pocket.

Cargo Pocket


Introduced to carry railways tickets around 1860, the ticket pocket is frequently seen on denim jeans.

Ticket Pocket

Waist line Pockets

The photographs are showing two shots of waist line pockets.

Waist line Pockets

Right side pocket is closer to the Button over the Zip and the left side pocket is closer to the Button hole. Both are around 3.5 inches X 4.5 inches. 

Similar pockets are stitched inside the Hand pockets with a small inclination outside.

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