Contrasting Pocket T-Shirt (Tutorial)

A year or two ago my parents went on an amazing biking trip through Europe, and among a few gifts they brought back, one was a fun floral top for me. The pattern was so fun, but the neckline was a bit too big and I always had a hard time wearing it without all my undergarments hanging out on the sides of the neckline. 
Since I obviously didn’t want this darling top to just hang in my closet unworn, I’ve come up with a few ways to use this fabric in other ways. This was inspired by this pin and is the first of a few fun projects made with this fabric…stay tuned for a few more in the coming weeks!
 t-shirt: target (shop) // jeans: american eagle (shop) // heels: target (shop) // earrings: gift from Philip (similar


  • t-shirt
  • little square of fabric
  • matching thread
  • iron

Step 1. If your t-shirt, already has a pocket, remove it with a seam ripper. If not, measure where you want your pocket to go.

Step 2. Cut out your pocket using the original pocket as a guide. If you’re using a t-shirt as your fabric, use the hem of the t-shirt as the top of the pocket, as seen below.

I made mine about 1/2 an inch larger on each side since the original pocket was really small.

Step 3. Iron down the sides of the pocket, and then carefully pin it to the shirt. Sew around the sides of the pocket with a straight stitch and then press.

And that’s it!
Since I live in t-shirts during the summer months, I’m excited to have a few t-shirts that are a little more fun than a standard v-neck. I’m definitely doing this to a few more of my pocket tees! 


  1. Ash says:

    Love it! Hate to see a cute shirt go to waste 🙂

  2. So cute! I have several of "those shirts" in my closet. Now they have a purpose!

  3. Oh I love this! I have tons of v-necks that are in need of a little DIY to spice them up! Thanks for the tutorial (:

  4. kate says:

    what a great idea!!! this is so cute!

  5. Feminine 23 says:

    Thanks for this easy and really detailed tutorial. Love how you add personality to a plain tee 🙂

    Anh || FEMININE 23

  6. Leanne says:

    So cute Mer! I totally need to do this.

  7. Brittany M. says:

    Cute! I've been saving a too-small sequin shirt for the same purpose. I want to do a pocket to a plain tee, use the sleeves to jazz up a sleeveless tank top, and then do a giant heart on the front of a sweater a-la J-crew. I have no idea how to applique with a sewing machine though, especially around curves like that. Eek! This is going to be a learning experience 🙂

  8. Kensie Ann says:

    love it! definitely doing this! :0) miss you, merrick!

  9. Kacie says:

    This is so gosh darn cute! I love how it adds a little something special to a basic tee!

  10. newpetite says:

    How cute!!! Love the idea of having a contrast pocket.

  11. Brynn says:

    Ohhh my gosh, that is the cutest. I would wear that tee all the time with the new spunky pocket!!

  12. Franziska says:

    I love how easy this is, but it makes such a difference. I agree that making the pocket just a little bit bigger was a good choice. You look amazing in this simple but cute outfit.

  13. Lindsay says:

    Cute! It really dresses up a plain V-neck. I love the pop of color.

  14. Super fun! I was wondering if that was a DIY the other night… Adorable.

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