I love cute little embellishments that make any T Shirt extra special. Nicole of the Sewing Rabbit Team is here with a fun sewing tutorial, including a free St. Patricks Day embroidery pattern, for pockets of all sizes to help you turn any T Shirt into the perfect St. Patricks Day top! I absolutely love her ‘Lucky’ women’s pocket she sneaks in at the end, so cute. You are going to love this St. Patricks Day DIY.
Embellish a T Shirt with a St. Patricks Day Pocket, with Free Embroidery Pattern
Hello Sewing Rabbit friends, Nicole here today sharing with you an easy way to add some St. Patrick’s day fun to your existing wardrobe without spending a lot of money! Living in Chicago I have found that this holiday is one of the biggest for the city – the endless parties and dying the river green. When I go out searching for something that has at least a touch of green in it (usually at the last minute) it usually has some type of drinking reference or the brand name displayed all over the front. This tutorial will show you how to add a custom embroidered pocket to any outfit you have at home already, plus you can adapt this for any other holiday or time of year!
- Pre-washed fabric in your choice of festive color, or use white and add some green with your embroidery.
- Embroidery thread and embroidery needle – a regular needle may be used it the hole is large enough to work with the thread.
- Embroidery hoop – these are very inexpensive and may be found at any craft store.
- Fabric pen / pencil
- Ruler & Scissors or rotary cutter
- An old shirt.
- Print out the PDF pattern here
After you decide on the embroidery pattern you would like to use, trace it onto your fabric with a fabric pen / pencil. Taping your pattern to a window and using the daylight is the easiest way to do this. Make sure you place your image far enough down on your fabric so that when you fold it in half for the pocket it will be in the correct spot.
You will now trace around your image with your embroidery stitch and trim any loose end threads. These threads will be hidden inside your pocket and will not be visible.
After you have your pocket cut out using measurements to fit your shirt: (these are just guidelines, feel free to size your pocket accordingly)
- Toddler / kids – 4″ x 7 1/2″
- Women – 4 1/2″ x 9″
- Men – 5″ x 10 1/2″
Fold over at the top to make sure your size looks good – knowing that it will be 1/4″ shorter on the three open sides. Make adjustments at this time before sewing.
Fold your fabric in half the opposite direction now for sewing.
Place pins around perimeter and stitch around the sides leaving an opening at the bottom to turn right side out.
After sewing you will need to snip off the edges carefully not going past the sewn line.
Turn your pocket inside out and to help make sharp points use a knitting needle or a chopstick to poke out from the inside.
At your iron, press the opening inside and around the edges of your pocket and then pin to the top layer of your shirt where you would like your pocket.
Stitch around the two sides and bottom of the pocket back stitching at the beginning and end.
Hooray!!! You now have a pinch proof pocket!
You can add a small pocket to a sleeve, or for something different stitch a smaller image and make a little hexagon to add to a shirt!
Hope this helps ward off those pesky little pinchers out there!
Thanks so much for stopping by, until next time…