As a rule, I don’t post a lot of tutorials on this blog. Most of the things I sew, I’m copying from another online tutorial anyway, and I see no reason to re-invent the wheel when someone else has already done it. But recently I was sewing a little pocket T-shirt for Edie, and when I searched online for some directions, there were none to be found. So I had to make it with no help from my internet buddies.
I thought it would be nice if I gave back to the internet since I’ve taken so many creative ideas from it. So here you go, Internet, a pocket t-shirt tutorial. You’re welcome.
Have you seen these pocket t-shirts? They are currently all the rage here in Trussville, AL. From babies to teenagers, all the girls are wearing them. Most people are making them with Chevron patterned fabric, and those are really cute too. But I try to sew from my scraps. So I’ve just used what I had on hand. However if you really want to be hip, that’s the fabric to use.
They are so easy to make. From start to finish, it takes me about 30 minutes. I’ve already made several for Edie and some of her friends. (One of her friends brought me the Chevron fabric for the black shirt.)
First thing, you are going to need is a plain t-shirt, a small scrap of material, and coordinating thread. If you don’t have a monogramming machine, no worries. I’ve made some with just plain pockets as well and they are really cute too!
STEP 1: Cut out a five inch square of material.
STEP 2: Fold down top of pocket about an inch, press it, and sew.
STEP 3: (If you just want to sew on a pocket without a monogram, you can skip this step.) Now you need to monogram your pocket. You want the monogram to be about 2.5 inches in height. Fold your pocket in half and find the middle. I like for my monogram to come a little above the top of the pocket seam. With a fabric pen, I marked the top, middle, and bottom of where I wanted to stitch the monogram. Leave a little extra room on the bottom because you will need it when you fold your pocket in the next step.STEP 4: Next, heat up your iron again because you are going to need it! I don’t have a pattern for folding my pockets. I just fold and iron until it looks right to me. First, iron the sides down. You might have to cut a little of the excess off the sides, and that’s okay. You want about a half inch seam allowance on each side so you can attach it to the t-shirt.
To make the point at the bottom, find the middle. That’s where you want the point to be. Fold each corner up with a slight angle and iron. Again, I just play with it until it has a pocket shape to it. For a guide, I took one of my son’s store bought pocket T-shirts and looked at that to shape my pocket.STEP 5: Now you are ready to sew the pocket onto the t-shirt! First, I had my daughter try on the t-shirt so I could pin where it needed to go. I don’t trust myself to eyeball it. That’s how pockets end up in armpits! Then I pinned it down and sewed the left, bottom, and right sides of the pocket. I used about 1/8th of an inch seam because it gives it a more finished look.
Here’s the finished result:If you have any questions, feel free to ask me in the comments and I’ll be happy to help!