Pocket T-Shirt DIY

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By Sewing Contributor Courteney from the blog Crafting with Court.


Pocket T-shirts are currently all the rage.  I see people wearing them everywhere I go.  I love how the patterned pockets look on a plain colored T-shirt.  However, they run around $25 to buy, which in my opinion is ridiculous.  The solution is to make your own because it’s so easy.  This project can be done on any size T-shirt, which makes it great for all the people in your life.  I frequently use this project as a scrap buster so all I have to buy are T-shirts!


1.  Wash your shirt and fabric before you begin this craft.  You do not want either your T-shirt or fabric shrinking or bleeding and ruining all your hard work.

2.  Make your pocket pattern.  On a piece of paper and using a ruler, draw a 5” x 5” square.  From the bottom center of your square, draw a 1” line down.  From the edges of the square on the bottom side, draw a line on each side connecting to that center line (these lines will be able 2.5” long).  You should now have a pattern that looks like the picture below.


3.  Cut out your pocket.  Pin your pattern to the fabric you’re using to make the pocket.  Cut the fabric out to match the pattern.



4.  Fold the seams for your pocket.  Fold the sides of you fabric between ¼” and ½”.  Fold the sides and bottom of the pocket first.  Fold the top of the pocket last; this fold should be ½” to 1”.  Pin each of these folds down.




5.  Iron all the folds in place.  Using your iron, iron down all the folds.  Remove the pins as necessary.


6.  Sew the hem at the top of your pocket.  This will be the part of your pocket that remains open.



7.  Place your pocket on your T-shirt. Put on your T-shirt and pin the pocket to the location you want it.  Take the T-shirt with the pocket off.  Laying the T-shirt and pocket flat, move the pocket around slightly to make sure it’s on straight.  Pin the pocket down for sewing.  Do not put pins through both sides of the shirt.  Make sure your pins are only pinning the pocket to the front side of the shirt.



8.  Sew the pocket to the T-shirt.  Make sure you only have the pocket and front side of the T-shirt under your machine.  You do not want to sew the pocket through both sides of the T-shirt.  Start on one side of the pocket and sew around the edge of the pocket.  Get as close to the edge of the fabric as you can.  For the corners, lift the foot and leave the needle in.  Rotate the fabric the necessary amount.  Continue sewing until you reach the other side in the pocket.   Your pocket should be sewn on with one continuous seam.  Do not sew the top of the pocket shut!

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9.  Enjoy your pocket T-shirt!



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About Courteney

Courteney will be sharing sewing, crafting, and DIY projects. Her philosophy is simple: crafting makes life better. Her projects will help you realize how easy and cost effective it is to make things for yourself. Courteney is a high school science teacher who lives in Atlanta, GA. Between raising her dog, Padfoot, and teaching she keeps pretty busy but always finds time to be creative. Her mom taught her to sew very early in life, and it has remained one of her favorite activities into adulthood. Although sewing is quickly becoming a lost art; Courteney hopes you will join her in revitalizing this skill with many fun and practical projects. Catch up with Courteney at her blog, Crafting with Court, where she shares all the projects she’s working on.

One thought on “Pocket T-Shirt DIY

  1. Peggy

    Great idea. Can cover over or replace pockets on T-Shirts to dress up the T-shirts too, to really give the T-shirts a femenine look.

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