Quickly upcycle a shirt by adding a leather pocket

A pocket can make a statement! Changing the pocket on an old shirt is an easy way to give it new life and new style. The tutorial uses a shiny pink leather pocket with matching thread on a dark Oxford-type shirt, creating a chic and smart look. Imagine, though, the effect if we had used more of a natural suede pocket, changing the shirt to something appropriate for a hoedown. For a fun look, we could have used a pink shirt with a lime green pocket and contrasting thread.
Be mindful of the fabric of the shirt relative to the weight of the leather for the pocket, and match the weight of the two. For instance, a heavy leather pocket on a lightweight shirt would sag. Instead, choose something lighter.
Advertisement
Materials
- Cotton button-down shirt
- Seam ripper
- Ironing board
- Iron
- Ruler
- Pen or sewing marker
- Piece of leather
- Fabric scissors
- Quilting clips
- Sewing machine
- Thread matching the leather
DIY Everywhere
Instructions
1. Using the seam ripper, carefully remove the breast pocket from the shirt.
2. Unfold seams and put the pocket on the ironing board. Iron the pocket on both sides.
3. Put the pocket on the leather piece, and smooth it out.
4. Trace around the pocket onto the leather using the ruler to create straight lines. Leave an extra inch at the top.
5. Cut out the pocket.
6. With the inside up, fold down the top inch and secure with quilting clips.
7. Sew along the bottom of the fold.
8. Fold the sides and bottom in about one-half inch, clip and stitch the edges, removing clips as you go.
9. Trim the squared edge at the fold at the top of the pocket.
10. Carefully pin the pocket to the shirt, pinning through the underside, folded, part of the pocket. Any holes you make will be permanent, so be careful.
11. Sew around the edge of the pocket, attaching it to the shirt. Use the first line of stitching as a guide, and sew parallel to those lines.
Advertisement
12. Trim excess threads.
Resources

Here are some of the most creative ways you can reuse old books!
March 31   ·  
Advertisement
Imagine if you could transfer your creative ideas and doodles onto a permanent surface and continue to enjoy your creation for a long time to come.
March 31   ·  
It looks like it's out of a catalog, but you can put this together in less than half an hour.
March 31   ·  
It's easy to allow your pantry to get cluttered behind closed doors. But with this clever trick, you'll be craving a fresh start in your cupboards.
March 17   ·  
Forget about the typical plastic buckets and milk jugs. These planters are cute and functional.
March 14   ·  
If the thought of getting a backyard ready for warm weather seems overwhelming, take a look at these easy upgrades.
March 10   ·