I am usually very hesitant about sewing for my husband. I have sewn hats, drop kit boxes, and a mended a few odds and ends – but when it comes to clothes I tend to stay away. I guess I just want everything I make him to be perfect, I set my standards so high in my head that I end up making nothing at all. But when I recently started buying him t-shirts with fun pockets, I thought to myself – this is ridiculous. I can totally make this, and it would be the perfect use for scrap fabric!
I love that this latest fashion trend of fun shirt pockets allows us to use fabrics that we might not think appropriate for a full shirt to find its way in moderation on the pocket. Think florals, plaids, stripes, novelty fabric and other fun prints that I normally would never be able to get my husband to wear, can now add a splash of fun to the pocket.
And while my husband still balks at the occasional floral, he wears it and I think he looks HOT.
The best thing about this? It is totally easy, and can be super cheap to make. Think $3 t-shirt and scrap fabric cheap. Of course you can sew your own t-shirt fully from scratch, and for that I recommend this FREE men’s t-shirt pattern by Melly Sews here. But to simply enhance a basic t-shirt, see below.
Men’s Pocket Tee
Enhance a basic t-shirt with a fun pocket with this easy sewing tutorial
- Scrap fabric for pocket
- Fabric scissors or rotary cutter, HERE
- Universal regular point sewing needle, HERE
- Coordinating thread
- Cut a piece of fabric 5”w x 7.5”l.
- Measure 1” up from the bottom side seams, and determine the bottom center of the pocket. Cut a straight line from the 1” mark, down to the center on either side.
- Finish all raw edges with a serger or zigzag stitch.
- Fold in side edges 1/2” towards wrong side and press. Fold bottom diagonal edges 1/2” towards the wrong side and press.
- Fold the top pocket edge 1/4” towards the wrong side and press. Fold again 1” and press. Sew a line along the top folded line to secure.
- Determine the middle between the center fold of the front shirt and the side seam. Measure 7” down from the shoulder seam, and center the top of the pocket with this mark. Pin sides and bottom in place.
- Sew side and bottom seams using a 1/8” seam allowance.
- Press to finish.
And you are done!
Thanks so much for stopping by, and until next time…