Quick Lattice Pockets


Project Overview

"Color Blocking" with computer embroidered shoe pockets over a stitched lattice gives a summer airy look to this sand-washed rayon jacket. The jacket (pattern by Martha Pullen Co.) was created by Carol Ingram using her "Steppin' Out" embroidery card by Cactus Punch™.

"The new Sulky Ultra Solvy is so incredibly durable that techniques like this lattice pocket, which involve a great deal of heavy stitching and even additional appliqué, can be done on one layer. No perforations."

About the Artist

Carol Ingram
- Artist, Designer for Sulky of America®, Cactus Punch®, and Fabric Traditions®

Carol is an accomplished artist in the Fine Arts field, including oil painting, pastels and pencil drawing. She has studied art extensively in college and under private instruction from notable national art instructors. her background brought Carol to a cooperative designing relationship with Cactus Punch, and they have produced seven top-selling computerized machine embroidery "Signature Series" cards from Carol's original artwork. She has also designed an embroidery card for Husqvarna Viking.

In 2001 her first line of fabric, "Snow Follies" was produced by Fabric Traditions.

Her 40 years of sewing experience has provided her with special insight into combining art and textiles into a versatile product.

She presently is a designer and educator for Sulky of America. She has taught at Husqvarna Viking Sewing Conventions, and does free-lance teaching at local sewing stores around Florida. She was a first place winner of the Everyone Loves Sulky Challenge in 1996. She has also contributed many exclusive designs for other Sulky books and presentations for PBS TV sewing programs such as Martha's Sewing Room, Sew Creative, and America Sews with Sue Hausmann.


  • Sewing Machine with Computer Embroidery capabilities
  • Cording or Piping Foot
  • Sulky Ultra Solvy™
  • Sulky KK 2000™ Temporary Spray Adhesive
  • Tulle or Netting cut larger than the desired size of pocket
  • Fine-line, permanent-ink black marker
  • Ruler with a 45 degree angle
  • Gimp Cord
  • Sulky Threads (for embroidery, appliqué or other creative stitching)
  • Sulky 40 wt. Rayon Thread #1005 Black
  • Sulky Soft n' Sheer™ Stabilizer
  • Computer Embroidery Card - Carol used her Cactus Punch Signature Series #61 "Steppin' Out"
  • Sulky 2mm Puffy Foam™ - color to closely match design threads
  • Wood Burning Tool or Stencil Cutter
  • Sulky Invisible Polyester Thread
  • General Sewing Supplies

Create the Ultra Solvy Grid

  1. Cut a piece of Ultra Solvy 3" larger overall than the pocket size desired. (Carol made two 6" x 8" pockets.) Cut the same size piece of tulle or netting.
  2. Using a fine-line, permanent-ink, black marker and a ruler, draw the pocket size and shape of your choice onto the Ultra Solvy.
  3. Use a ruler with a 45 degree angle and the fine-line, permanent-ink marker to draw diagonal lines approximately 1" apart across the drawn pattern in both directions.

Apply the Gimp Cord

  1. Using Sulky KK 2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive, lightly spray the Ultra Solvy and lay the tulle or netting over it.
  2. Thread the top and bobbin with Sulky 40 wt. Rayon Thread #1005 Black, and attach a cording or piping foot to the machine.
  3. Lay the gimp cord or other heavyweight cord over one of the drawn lines and sew a 3mm wide satin stitch over it. Leave appoximently 1/2" of gimp extending beyond the end of each row, to be clipped off later. Satin stitch over cord on all lines, in both directions.

Complete the Lattice

  1. Clip off all extended tails. Lay the cord around the outside of the sewn grid and satin stitch over it, catching and covering the clipped ends of each row as you stitch. Stitch completely around the grid. Increase your satin stitch to 4mm and go around the outside of the grid once again to secure the ends.
  2. Apply any computerized machine embroidery design onto the grid and proceed to step 6 (or see steps 4 and 5 to learn how to make a "Free-Form", Computer-Embroidered Applique).

Make a "Free-Form" Appliqué

To make a more 3-dimensional, "Free-Form" design to appliqué onto the lattice pocket:
  1. Hoop one layer of Sulky Soft 'n Sheer Stabilzer.
  2. Spray KK 2000 onto a piece of Sulky Puffy Foam matched in color and size to the chosen design, and place it on the hooped stabilizer where the design will stitch out.
  3. Using Sulky Threads, embroider entire shoe design (or other design of your choice). Carol used her Cactus Punch Signature Series Card #61, "Steppin' Out".

Appliquéing the Design

  1. Pull away excess Puffy Foam. Cut away the Soft 'n Sheer close to the design. Use a wood burning tool or stencil cutter to carefully melt away excess Soft 'n Sheer around the edges of the design. If any Puffy Foam peeks out between the stitches of the design, give the entire design a burst of steam from a hot iron held slightly above the Puffy Foam design to shrink the "pokies" into the stitching.
  2. Spray the back of the "free-form" appliqué design with KK 2000 and place it where desired on the grid.
  3. Attach an appliqué foot, set machine for a 2mm width and length zig-zag, and use Sulky Clear Invisible Polyester Thread to stitch the appliqué in place.

Attaching the Pocket

  1. Cut or tear away tulle or netting from around the outside edges of the grid.
  2. Trim away excess Ultra Solvy from around the grid pocket and place it in tepid water, covering it completely. Soak 5 to 10 minutes to completely dissolve the Ultra Solvy. Rinse thoroughly. Blot dry with a towel and lay aside to dry completely.
  3. Iron Totally Stable onto the reverse side of the garment where the pocket will be placed; if the fabric is thin or flimsy, use two layers of Totally Stable.
  4. When the grid pocket is dry, spray KK 2000 on the wrong side of the grid and temporarily adhere it onto the garment. Use Black Sulky 40 wt. Rayon or Sulky Smoke Invisible Thread and a short, narrow zig-zag stitch to stitch around the outside of the pocket, leaving open at the top.