DIY t-shirt pocket

In previous posts I have mentioned the strict (ish) dress code for my sixth form and I have been dreading the thought of wearing plain clothes so thought about adding a pocket to a plan top to 'jazz' it up a little bit. I thought I would share with you what I did to make it. 
What you will need:

  •  Plain t-shirt of your choice
  • cardboard
  • piece of fabric that will be the pocket
  • Slow Club CD to keep you going (optional)
  • Ruler
  • Pins
  • Cottony thread stuff and needle
  • pencil

Step 1

Make a stencil for your pocket out of the cardboard using your ruler and pencil/pen/whatever. Make it as big or as small as you want. Make sure it's pocket shaped (unless you want like a heart or something) and symmetrical! 
Step 2

Get your piece of fabric that you're making the pocket out of, I'm using a blue spotty piece that my mom got free with a quilting magazine (we bought it for the fabric hehe). You can use any that you like. Turn the fabric over and trace around your cardboard stencil onto the back of the fabric. Once you have done this go around the lines and draw border-like line around it - this will be the hem. Cut around the outline of the hem so it looks like the picture on the right
Step 3
Next fold your pocket on the hem lines and pin in place. *TIP* If you fold it and then iron it, it will help keep it in place by making like a crease where the fold is (I'm terrible at explaining things) - I didn't use this tip because I don't know how to work the iron (laugh all you like).

You should also hem the top of the pocket by doing the same thing.

Step 4
You should now sew it all down. You can either do this by hand or using a sewing machine. I did it by hand but I think a sewing machine will make the stitches neater and straighter. 

Step 5
After you have hemmed the pocket you should pin it to your t-shirt wherever you like, I picked the left boob area where you'd find pockets on shirts.

Step 6
Now you just need to sew the pocket onto the t-shirt. However be careful because as you can see on mine, the t-shirt has gathered and looks a bit weird. 

You can add stuff to it like buttons, lace (I've done this), ribbons etc. to make it look decorative. 


  1. thats really cute I love doing a bit of D.I.Y
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  2. I need to do this myself!
    Easy tutorial thank you :)

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