You are travelling and you have a fear of losing all your precious belongings ( your passport ? Your money? Your credit cards? maybe all of that ) to a clever pickpocket. In this case you have to be cleverer than the cleverest pickpocket .What you need is a hidden pocket inside your pants so that even you have trouble retrieving your things from it.
Losing your passport or credit card is a DISASTER waiting to happen for you if you travel without the precaution of safe guarding them properly. What a better way to keep them safe than to hold them close to your body. The hidden pockets ( invisible from the outside) outlined here can be sewn to almost all of your clothes. They can be added to jeans, pants and your skirts. Better to sew them to all your clothes you are taking with you on your journey.
How to stitch a hidden pocket
I am assuming that you will have your passport credit cards and may be some money to keep in this pocket – for this you need a pocket of the following dimensions
Width – 5.5″
Length – 7.5″
Cut out a piece of cloth which is 17″ long and 6.5″ wide. Fabric should preferably be a medium weight cotton.
Hem one edge of the short sides ie 6.5″ side by turning under 1/4 inch twice. This will be the top edge of the pocket.
With the long piece right side down, fold the fabric piece by half after leaving a two inch at the top. You have to fold it right sides together.
Stitch the sides with a 1/2 inch seam allowance. Zig zag the top and side edges. The hidden pocket is now ready. If you want to, you can sew velcro strips ( 1″) to the inside of the pockets so that they remain shut. I have not done it but it is a good option if you are finicky like that.
Now sew this pocket to the pants from the inside.
You now have a travel pants with hidden pocket accessible only to you ( and maybe your better half). It is very easy to make this pocket as you have seen. Better be safe than sorry – cliched but so true.