How to Make Mesh Pockets

by Breann Kanobi

Hiking backpacks often have a mesh pocket.

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Mesh pockets are commonly found on athletic gear such as backpacks, duffel bags and lacrosse sticks. However, mesh pockets can be added to any article of clothing, like a pair of pants or a sweater. Mesh pockets offer the advantage of being lightweight, stretchy and slightly transparent. If you add a mesh pocket to the outside of your backpack, you'll be able to determine its contents with a single glance.

Items you will need

  • Mesh fabric
  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric chalk
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
Step 1

Determine the appropriate dimensions of the pocket. If you are adding a pocket to a flat surface, such as a backpack, the pocket should be about two inches wider and one inch longer than the backpack's surface. If the pockets will be shaped like traditional pockets, the size can vary. A typical pocket is 2 to 4 inches wide and 2 to 3 inches tall. These pockets consist of two identical pieces of fabric.

Step 2

Trace the dimensions onto the mesh fabric using fabric chalk.

Step 3

Cut the fabric out of the mesh using a pair of scissors. Cut carefully to avoid any frays or tears.

Step 4

Sew the top portion of the pocket to an elastic band, if desired. This helps keep the mesh pocket flush against the surface. Sew using a sewing machine.

Step 5

Sew the ends of the mesh pocket to the appropriate surface. Place one end of the pocket over the appropriate fabric. Run the fabric through a sewing machine so that the tip of the needle is about 1/4-inch away from the edge of the mesh. If you are adding the pocket to a backpack, you will attach mesh to the front of the backpack. If you are creating an all-mesh pocket, you will sew the mesh to another piece of mesh.

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About the Author

Breann Kanobi has worked as freelance writer since 2010. Kanobi regularly submits content online to Gamer DNA. Kanobi received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in film and television from New York University in 2010.