1. Cut out templates for the decorative stitching from heavy paper. Use double sided tape to stick them to the pocket. Stitch along the edge of the guide.
2. Finished decorative stitching.
3. Press the edges of the pocket over a heavy paper template.
4. Use washable school glue (or washable glue stick) to glue down the edges. Press with steam, then without steam to dry the glue. Don’t worry, the glue will wash out.
5. Press under 1″ (2.5 cm) for the hem. I used another template for that to make sure both pockets ended up the same size.
6. Press under 1/2″ (1.2 cm) on the edge.
7. Glue down the hem. Press dry.
8. If your denim is thick, hammer the top corners to make them easier to sew.
9. Hem your pocket. I used a blind hem foot and a 1/4″ foot for the hem. Glue the pocket to the jeans. Press the glue dry.
10. Use a blind hem foot or other guide to stitch 2.5 mm from the edge.
11. Use a heavy paper guide, held in place with double-sided tape, for the inner row of stitching. I used a 1/4″ presser foot as a guide on the bottom, since the template never quite lines up perfectly.
12. Make bar tacks on the top corners. A buttonhole foot is helpful here. Make sure you shim the foot with folded fabric scraps to make it level.