The Idea

A pocket actually – singular. I tested out several different titles for this post but gave up once I realized there’s no way to make it sound interesting… just weird. Don’t leave! I know simply adding a pocket sounds like a strange do-it-yourself project, but it’s a seriously easy way to jazz up a t-shirt! I have actually been thinking of this project a while (yes, I do some seriously pocket pondering) but haven’t found the right combo until now. I used some recycled leather from when I made shorts out of pants (always keep your scraps, especially leather!) and a plain over-sized black t-shirt that I modified.  I hope you like my latest project!



The Materials

  • Boring Tshirt: Thrift stores have great ones
  • A Pocket… or fabric you would like to make into a pocket

The How-To

  1. The first thing I did, which may not be necessary in all cases, is modify my t-shirt. I cut off the sleeves and cropped it to my desired length.
  2. Play around with pocket placement – this is trickier than you think!
  3. Sew the pocket straight on your t-shirt! When selecting your shirt and pocket/fabric think about how the fabrics will react with one another. The leather that I used is a bit heavy and if the t-shirt wasn’t a thicker, sturdy, fabric I would’ve torn a hole right through it.
  4. Voila!

Cost of DIY: $7


Don’t have a sewing machine? Get creative! To attach pockets think of other fasteners you can use such as simple studs, cool buttons or a hundred safety pins. Hand sewing is also an option (and really relaxing) and there are tons of tutorials available.

Other ideas I had for pockets were using some made of lace or with floral patterns which I still may try. Do you have any fun and easy ways that you like to update a plain shirt?

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  1. Becca says:

    Ooooh, love love!!! I think I will be doing this one. Had an LOL to “Don’t leave!” hehe. Hey I copped your fur collar w/ chains idea! I will have to send you over a pic!

  2. love this!!! your black oversized tee with the leather pocket are the perfect combo! i keep meaning to do all of your projects but it seems i’m too lazy to break out the sewing machine. i promise i will someday soon though :)

  3. kaitlin says:

    @Becca thanks! And YES! I would love to see a pic of your fur collar DIY!! I’m so glad you did it!

    @Renee Thanks! DIYs can be time-consuming (sourcing and planning) but once you get everything together it’s a piece of cake! Let me know once you bring out your sewing machine :)

    Thanks for the comments ladies!

  4. Leather was the perfect fabric to add to the black t shirt. It looks totally updated.

    I’m so excited, I finally ordered some spikes from that website you suggested – just waiting for them in the mail!

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  6. Fred says:

    love the idea… is there a way to do this on a Men’s T-shirt? I am having trouble figuring out how to sew a leather pocket onto a tighter fitting shirt. Thank you!

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