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DIY No Sew Pocket

Posted by Cassiefairy Oxfam Fashion blogger

18th Apr 2013

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Have you noticed that pockets are everywhere this Spring/Summer? On a recent shopping trip down the high street I spotted pockets on almost every item of clothing and I'm loving the contrasting pocket look.

Although I want to follow the trend, I've never been one to spend my hard-earned cash on something new when I can recycle something I already have or funk up charity-shop find. In this instance, I picked up this slouchy tee from a charity shop for only a couple of pounds. You can hunt for a similar t-shirt in your own local charity shop or the Oxfam Online Shop.

I already had a few scraps of fabric at home but you can often find small pieces in the remnants bin of haberdasheries and charity shops. The only difficult part of this project was choosing which colour and pattern to use. I decided on a contrasting pink floral fabric and set to work on creating my pocket and attaching it to my t-shirt, adding a little button embellishment on top. You could always consider adding a pocket to the sleeve of a top, or putting a couple of pockets on the front of a skirt to be bang on trend for this Spring/Summer.
 
YOU WILL NEED

T-shirt
small piece of fabric
iron-on hemming web (if you don't have webbing you could use fabric glue)
card
scissors
needle and thread
button

STEP ONE

Decide on the size and shape of your pocket and cut a piece of cardboard (I used a cereal packet) to shape to use as a template. Your pocket could be square, with folded corners like mine, or with a traditional 'pocket-shape' pointed base - whatever you prefer.

STEP TWO

Draw around the template onto your contrasting fabric then cut out with an extra 1cm hem allowance all the way round.

STEP THREE

Fold the edges of the fabric over the cardboard and iron to create hems on all sides.

STEP FOUR

Place the iron-on hemming web underneath the hems and follow the instructions on the webbing packet until the glue has melted and sealed the edges of the pocket.

STEP FIVE

If you want to add an embellishment or button to your pocket, now is the time to stitch it on - I added a small purple button to tie in the colours of the fabric with the t-shirt.

STEP SIX

Position your pocket on your garment and use more iron-on hemming web to glue it in place along the sides and bottom of the pocket. 

All done - Enjoy your new t-shirt!

Blog post written by Cassiefairy

Oxfam Fashion blogger

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