10 Minutes DIY: No Sew Pocket T-Shirt




This pretty pocket T-shirt has been popping up all over my Pinterest feed lately, and I thought it would make an easy DIY project- a cheap and simple way to update a plain tee. I am, unfortunately, both pretty lazy and sewing-ignorant, so I went for a fabric glue version. It truly takes 10 minutes top (plus drying time) and couldn't be easier.

You will need:
  • T-shirt
  • Piece of fabric (about 6"x6" or 5"x5")
  • Post-it (optional)
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Pen or pencil
  • Fabric glue
  • A piece of paper
  • The free pattern, a printer, and heavy-weight paper or a piece of cardboard
  • No printer? No problem. Simply draw a pocket pattern on cardboard.
Before you start, decide where you want your pocket to be placed. An easy way to do this is to wear your tee-shirt, look in a mirror and place a post-it where you would like the pocket to be placed. Iron your tee-shirt and your piece of fabric, to prevent any unwanted wrinkles.

1. Print the free pattern onto heavy weight paper, or print onto standard paper then transfer onto cardboard. Cut along the external lines. 

2. Place the pattern on your fabric, trace and cut.

3. Cut the pattern along the internal lines, then place it onto the piece of fabric.

4. Carefully pull up each fabric edge around the pattern guide and iron flat. Remove the guide.

7. Delicately apply fabric glue along one edge, trying to distribute it evenly. Press firmly. Repeat until all edges are hemmed.  Then place a book above the the pocket (or anything that has a flat base) and let it dry for about half an hour.


8. When your pocket is fully dry, place a piece of paper inside your shirt (so that no glue seeps through) and delicately apply fabric glue along the edges, trying to distribute it evenly. Place your pocket onto your tee, press firmly and let dry for about half an hour.

Voilà! Wear your t-shirt proudly.


60 comments:

  1. im not a big fan of pockets on shirts. id use this tutorial to make some nice pattern on a sleeve or something. that would be awesome. (:

    love, x
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  2. i like i like i like.

    clemence, thanks for your amazing inspirations!

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    1. Thank you, so glad you like it!

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  3. Very cute and the fabric is so lovely! Just love pockets, I have tried one in leather. Thank you for sharing and have a happy day!

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    1. Leather sounds great! I'll have to try it as well :)

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  4. So cute & simple!! I love the cat fabric. I'll definitely have to keep this one in mind!!

    Mackenzie
    www.heybirdfriend.com

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  5. Always love love a bit of craftiness. And i like the cats :)

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  6. Such a cute DIY! And the fabric is adorable.
    Jillian - http://epic-thread.blogspot.com

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  7. Wow love this, thanks for sharing!!

    http://thesongthatsummersings.blogspot.com.au/

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  8. Awesome...it's sooo cute!

    Fatzee.blogspot.com

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  9. Fabric Glue? Good Idea. Looks great.

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  10. Lovely!

    http://canterlily.blogspot.com/

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  11. I absolutely love this tee. Your blog is fantastic!

    Margeaux
    margeauxknight.blogspot.com

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  12. That tee and the cat fabric are ADORABLE. I want both!

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    1. Ha, I'm such a cat nerd ;-)

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    2. Anonymous11/27/2013

      teehee

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  13. i LOVE this!! so cute!!

    xo, Victoria

    mylifeinverseblog.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you, so happy you like it!

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  14. this is so awesome & easy (my favorite kind of DIY!) The cat print is just too cute.

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    1. Thanks so much Stephanie! Easy is also my favorite kind of DIY :)

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  15. Nice. But I made mine for pocket patch shorts.
    Here>> http://stylismoetc.blogspot.com/2013/03/how-to-make-diy-pocket-patch-shorts.html

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    1. Anonymous11/27/2013

      His blog is gone. I wish I could have seen it.

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  16. Sweet way to upcycle an old t-shirt...I'm even more lazy and would use wonderweb instead of glue!

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    1. I had never heard of wonderweb- awesome idea!

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  17. Love this! Looks great. I've been really wanting some cute slouchy white tees, and this would be a great embellishment for them!

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  18. wow,good job,it looks very nice,I like the t shirt.

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  19. Anonymous5/30/2013

    can i use hot glue instead of fabric glue?

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    1. I'm not sure. I'm afraid the pocket might fall off when you wash the shirt if you use hot glue instead of fabric glue. But if you hand wash it, then why not? I have never tried it though.

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  20. Hey lady :)

    Starting up a mini-clothing line (been a bit of a dream since I was a kid) however I'm fairly talentless in the arts & crafts department so relying on a lot of help from talented people like yourself!

    Really cool idea with the pocket but I was wondering a couple of things:

    1 - Once the pocket is on, do you think washing it as normal is okay, or is it likely to come off at some point :( ?

    2 - I was thinking of creating my own pattern for the pocket. Do you have any ideas how I might get some material printed/where to start looking?

    I told you I was hopeless but hopefully it'll come good soon.

    Cheers,

    Chris

    p.s Great blog, keep it up!

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    1. Hey Chris,

      I'm so sorry for my late reply, I had missed your comment. Congratulations on starting up a clothing line, that's wonderful!

      1 - As long as you use fabric glue, you can wash it normally. I've washed mine dozens of times, and it didn't come off at all.

      2 - I only know Spoonflower (http://www.spoonflower.com), which is awesome!

      Hope that helps!

      Cheers,
      Clemence

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  21. great idea, I too share the love of feline friends and adored the black cat with no eyes.

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    1. Isn't it adorable? The cat pattern is from here if you're interested: https://www.etsy.com/listing/122149355/cat-lovers-others-seamless-patterns

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  22. Omg that is so cute! I absolutly luv ur blog! You have a bunch of great ideas. I will have to try this out some time! :) thanks

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  23. Omg that is so cute! I absolutly luv ur blog! You have a bunch of great ideas. I will have to try this out some time! :) thanks

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  24. Anonymous10/01/2013

    Does the pocket actually stay on after washes?

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    1. Sure, as long as you use fabric glue, it doesn't come off at all. On the glue I used, it was specifically written that it was washable, so maybe make sure the glue you use says that as well.

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  25. Anonymous10/04/2013

    how about wonderweb is that just as good as glue?

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    1. I have yet to try wonderweb, so I couldn't tell you. Sorry about that.

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  26. Wool Ball10/06/2013

    How about if I put it into wash machine? The pocket i mean flied out, wasn't it?

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    1. I washed it in the washing machine several times, and it didn't come off at all! I washed it at 30°C (85°F). On the fabric glue I used, it was specifically written that it was washable, so maybe make sure the glue you use says that as well.

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  27. Anonymous11/20/2013

    i dont get one thing should i keep paper when i use fabric glue or not

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    1. Yes, you should place a piece of paper inside your t-shirt so that if some glue seeps through, it seeps onto the paper and not onto the back of your shirt. Sorry that was unclear!

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  28. Great Idea, Thanks for share with step by step easy instructions, Can i use another glue instead of fabric glue?

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    1. I'm not sure, but I would advise using fabric glue. I'm afraid the pocket would fall off when you wash the shirt if you use regular glue.

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  29. Anonymous3/03/2014

    My wife is about to get mesmerized when I put together a line of t-shirts and chambrays with crazy pockets lol have you tried your fabric glue on denim? would stitching be better?

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    1. Ha, lucky her! I have tried on denim and it works great. But if you prefer to stitch, it's perfect as well!

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  30. Hello, I love that craft is easy and beauty. Bye

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  31. Add this to our latest round up! Thanks for letting us use an image. :)

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  32. super pomysł! pozdrawiam :)

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  33. I recently looked for & found my son's baby sheets, Ralph Lauren polo bears.
    He came over one day wearing a pocket tee with one of the bears on the pockets! He said "Mom, I love this shirt!" I noticed it was yellowed under the armpits. So now I can think, thanks to this post, make my own!
    Hopefully with him. As some of you know, how hard it is to find things to do with your almost 16 year old boy!!

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  34. Hi, great idea! Do you think it would work if I cut the pocket out of an old tee, instead of woven fabric?

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    1. Hi Linda, I'd say it depends on the fabric your old tee is made of. The stretchier the fabric is, the harder it will be.

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  35. Cristen7/11/2014

    Please tell me where I can get that fabric!!

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  36. Anonymous8/25/2014

    In case anyone is interested, I print any photo onto fabric - would be great for a project like this - I have just made a pocket for my t shirt with my dog on it after following the above instructions - thanks so much!
    https://www.etsy.com/listing/183788121/personalised-artwork-your-own-photo-or?

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