Or perfect patch pocket with curved corners, anyway. :p Welcome to what has got to be my most unattractive post ever...MAN were the photography Gods not with me on this one. Would you believe these were all the same brown pocket??
Cut out a pocket template, minus the seam allowance, but including the top section that will be folded over, out of cardboard, using the pattern as a guide. Cut out the pocket (INCLUDING seam allowance :p ) in fabric using the pattern piece.
Finish off the top edge however you want. I just did a quick zigzag, just to contain the loose threads. Run a line of stitching all around the edge, not including the top edge, INSIDE the seam allowance.
Lay your cardboard template over the pocket, and pull the running stitch tight. The seam allowance will pull up and around your template, in the exact shape of the future pocket. Press firmly with the iron, to set in shape.
Remove the template, fold over the top edge, and press again.
Topstitch, however you want.
Attach the pocket by lining it up according to the pattern markings, pinning or basting in place, and then stitching around the edge. I like to make a small bartack at the corners, as well, for strength and durability.
You can also make a perfect square pocket, too, using a template. Cut out the size you want, and then press the seam allowances over the template, to form the pocket shape, and then follow the rest of the instructions from there. :)
Any questions, let me know!! :D
Today I am thankful for Skype. :p I just spent over two hours, first webcamming with my sister in Hawaii, and her new baby; and then jumped over to California, to my mom, who was visiting my Grandma, Aunt, Uncle, and their new puppy. How on earth did we get by without it before?? :D