In the past I have posted about a “safe travel pocket as an option for dissuading those pesky pick-pocketers whose life skill is to victimize travelers.
Since we have twice been the victims of thugs; once pick pocketed getting onto a bus and once held up at gunpoint, we are probably more conscious of this travel risk than some others. The resulting emotional pain can easily ruin a vacation and it’s associated budget.
Several years ago we began to use the internal security pocket explained in the aforementioned post along with a money belt. It worked well in that it made theft extraordinarily difficult, however Kevin complained that he still needed to carry money in a pocket. To address this we came up with the solution described in this post. It’s a secret zipper-access pocket behind the existing side-entry front pocket of pants or jeans, and Kevin loves it. For those of you who aren’t in love with your sewing machine, do not fear. This is a hand-sewn pocket.
Here’s a photo of the final product and then a tutorial.
Notions: 7″ zipper, 10 x 10 fabric scrap, straight pins, needle and thread.
1. Determine where in the side facing your leg of your side pocket you would like the secret pocket. Tips: place it at an angle that makes it easy to open it with your hand, long enough so your hand can fit and place it so it can’t be viewed (i.e. hidden)
2. Draw a line where you want to place the zipper, approximately six inches long.
3. Turn the pants inside out to check the placement. Now is the time to make adjustments.
4. Cut the pocket on the line. Reminder – the part of the pocket which faces the leg.
5. Pin the cut edges to the back of the zipper so when stitched it looks like the following photo.
6. Using a back stitch, stitch the zipper to the pocket, securing the ends well.
7. Cut off end of zipper if too long.
Note: You now have nothing more than a zipper sewn to the existing pocket.
8. For the security pocket, using the pants pocket as a pattern, cut a piece of fabric ¾” larger than the pocket ( in this example I used black mesh).
9. Fold seam edges under and pin fabric to the back side of the pants pocket.
10. Using a back stitch, sew to pocket sides and bottom. For the top of the security pocket, sew several inches from the waistband. This may vary with the type of pocket. It should look something like this. You can see the zipper through the mesh.
Give this a try. It’s cheap and easy, and could save you a lot of pain. You can get into your pockets but it’s pretty difficult for a pickpocket.