Pocket T shirts are popular at the moment, but most times the pockets don’t need to be useable. Here’s a quick and easy way to add a faux pocket to update a plain T shirt using two Vintage-Patch rectangle elbow / knee patches. You need one patch if you want the pocket in a single colour, or two different design patches if you prefer contrasting as we have here. We’ve used child size rectangle patches, but you could use the adult size for a larger pocket.
All Vintage-Patch Elbow and Knee patches in the store can be purchased as rectangles, even if shown as other shapes – just click on the rectangle option in the drop down list.
We also have a range of ready to use faux pockets here.
Adding your pocket to the front breast position is traditional, but they look great on sleeves too.
Two of our rectangle iron on patches, plus a ruler and rotary cutter (scissors are fine if you don’t have a rotary cutter)
Cut a strip about 2cm wide from one end of the patch
The strip you’ve cut provides a ‘flap’ effect when ironed in to position.
Peel the backing paper off the strip, (leave backing paper on the main pocket piece for the time being).
Position strip carefully over the cut edge of the patch and iron on.
Mark position of pocket on your shirt with pins
Peel backing paper off pocket and replace in required position on shirt.
Iron on using a damp pressing cloth. *See full instructions for patch application here
Sew around pocket including the flap area, by hand or machine using a stitch you like to secure the pocket permanently. We’ve used a simple running stitch.
Add a button in the centre of the contrast strip and you’re done!