How to sew a pocket – upcycling project!

Pump new life into an old, plain tee by learning how to sew a pocket. It’s easy to do and a great way to rejuvenate your wardrobe.

how to sew a pocket

Pump new life into an old, plain tee with a funky pocket. It’s easy to do and a great way to rejuvenate your wardrobe. Want a simple way to liven up your tees? Grab some fabric scraps, contrasting threads and join us behind the sewing machine – it’s time to buck up our summer wardrobe by learning how to sew a pocket.

You’ll need

• A pocket-sized piece of fabric
• An iron
• Pins
• Other sewing notions

How to sew a pocket

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You Will Need

  • Fabric
  • Sewing machine
  • Pins

Total time:

Step 1

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Cut a pocket-sized square of fun fabric. Mine measures 15cm. Fold in half and trim off the bottom corners with a curved snip. Open out and overlock (serge) the edges. Next, fold and press a 2cm hem at the top edge. Straight stitch in place.

Step 2

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Tuck the pocket sides and bottom edges under with a 1cm hem. Play with the corners until you get an even curve and press it all in place. Pin the pocket to your top wherever you like it best. (Tip: try it on before you commit to the placement.)

Step 3

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Stitch the pocket to your top, keeping your stitches nice and close to the pocket edge. Be careful to keep the back of the t-shirt out of the way when sewing. Press once more to set your stitches and you’re done! How easy was that?

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Done! Now you can add pockets to all your outfits. Teach a pal how to sew a pocket by forwarding on this tutorial and tag us in a pic of your finished garments using #molliemakers.

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