Embellish a T Shirt with a St. Patricks Day Pocket, with Free Embroidery Pattern

How to Embellish a T Shirt with a fun pocket for St Patricks Day

 I love cute little embellishments that make any T Shirt extra special. Nicole of the Sewing Rabbit Team is here with a fun sewing tutorial, including a free St. Patricks Day embroidery pattern, for pockets of all sizes to help you turn any T Shirt into the perfect St. Patricks Day top!  I absolutely love her ‘Lucky’ women’s pocket she sneaks in at the end, so cute.  You are going to love this St. Patricks Day DIY.

Embellish a T Shirt with a St. Patricks Day Pocket, with Free Embroidery Pattern

A cute how-to for Embellishing a T Shirt for St. Patricks Day with a free pocket tutorial, and free St. Patricks Day Embroidery Pattern

Hello Sewing Rabbit friends, Nicole here today sharing with you an easy way to add some St. Patrick’s day fun to your existing wardrobe without spending a lot of money! Living in Chicago I have found that this holiday is one of the biggest for the city – the endless parties and dying the river green. When I go out searching for something that has at least a touch of green in it (usually at the last minute) it usually has some type of drinking reference or the brand name displayed all over the front. This tutorial will show you how to add a custom embroidered pocket to any outfit you have at home already, plus you can adapt this for any other holiday or time of year!

Materials needed:

A cute how-to for Embellishing a T Shirt for St. Patricks Day with a free pocket tutorial, and free St. Patricks Day Embroidery Pattern

  • Pre-washed fabric in your choice of festive color, or use white and add some green with your embroidery.
  • Embroidery thread and embroidery needle – a regular needle may be used it the hole is large enough to work with the thread.
  • Embroidery hoop – these are very inexpensive and may be found at any craft store.
  • Fabric pen / pencil
  • Ruler & Scissors or rotary cutter
  • An old shirt.
  • Print out the PDF pattern here

Step 1:

After you decide on the embroidery pattern you would like to use, trace it onto your fabric with a fabric pen / pencil. Taping your pattern to a window and using the daylight is the easiest way to do this. Make sure you place your image far enough down on your fabric so that when you fold it in half for the pocket it will be in the correct spot.

A cute how-to for Embellishing a T Shirt for St. Patricks Day with a free pocket tutorial, and free St. Patricks Day Embroidery Pattern

You will now trace around your image with your embroidery stitch and trim any loose end threads. These threads will be hidden inside your pocket and will not be visible.

A cute how-to for Embellishing a T Shirt for St. Patricks Day with a free pocket tutorial, and free St. Patricks Day Embroidery Pattern

Step 2:

A cute how-to for Embellishing a T Shirt for St. Patricks Day with a free pocket tutorial, and free St. Patricks Day Embroidery Pattern

After you have your pocket cut out using measurements to fit your shirt: (these are just guidelines, feel free to size your pocket accordingly)

  • Toddler / kids – 4″ x 7 1/2″
  • Women – 4 1/2″ x 9″
  • Men – 5″ x 10 1/2″

A cute how-to for Embellishing a T Shirt for St. Patricks Day with a free pocket tutorial, and free St. Patricks Day Embroidery Pattern

Fold over at the top to make sure your size looks good – knowing that it will be 1/4″ shorter on the three open sides. Make adjustments at this time before sewing.

A cute how-to for Embellishing a T Shirt for St. Patricks Day with a free pocket tutorial, and free St. Patricks Day Embroidery Pattern

Fold your fabric in half the opposite direction now for sewing.

A cute how-to for Embellishing a T Shirt for St. Patricks Day with a free pocket tutorial, and free St. Patricks Day Embroidery Pattern

Place pins around perimeter and stitch around the sides leaving an opening at the bottom to turn right side out.

Step 3:

A cute how-to for Embellishing a T Shirt for St. Patricks Day with a free pocket tutorial, and free St. Patricks Day Embroidery Pattern

After sewing you will need to snip off the edges carefully not going past the sewn line.

A cute how-to for Embellishing a T Shirt for St. Patricks Day with a free pocket tutorial, and free St. Patricks Day Embroidery Pattern

Turn your pocket inside out and to help make sharp points use a knitting needle or a chopstick to poke out from the inside.

A cute how-to for Embellishing a T Shirt for St. Patricks Day with a free pocket tutorial, and free St. Patricks Day Embroidery Pattern

At your iron, press the opening inside and around the edges of your pocket and then pin to the top layer of your shirt where you would like your pocket.

Step 4:

A cute how-to for Embellishing a T Shirt for St. Patricks Day with a free pocket tutorial, and free St. Patricks Day Embroidery Pattern

Stitch around the two sides and bottom of the pocket back stitching at the beginning and end.

A cute how-to for Embellishing a T Shirt for St. Patricks Day with a free pocket tutorial, and free St. Patricks Day Embroidery Pattern

Hooray!!! You now have a pinch proof pocket!

A cute how-to for Embellishing a T Shirt for St. Patricks Day with a free pocket tutorial, and free St. Patricks Day Embroidery Pattern

You can add a small pocket to a sleeve, or for something different stitch a smaller image and make a little hexagon to add to a shirt!

A cute how-to for Embellishing a T Shirt for St. Patricks Day with a free pocket tutorial, and free St. Patricks Day Embroidery Pattern

A cute how-to for Embellishing a T Shirt for St. Patricks Day with a free pocket tutorial, and free St. Patricks Day Embroidery Pattern

Hope this helps ward off those pesky little pinchers out there!

Thanks so much for stopping by, until next time…

Happy Sewing!

- Nicole

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Nicole Daksiewicz

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Founder of Modern Handcraft, Nicole has a passion for quilting. Working as a part time flight attendant, she has learned to perfect the art of 'crafts on the go'. She currently resides in Chicago with her husband and son.
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Comments

  1. says

    Good eye my friend! I considered using the three leaf clover – which is more traditional for St. Patricks day but loved the green four leaf clover fabric and the word lucky along with the theme so I went with that design :) Each leaf represents something: The first is for faith, the second is for hope, the third is for love and the fourth is for luck! (According to what I remember)

  2. says

    Very cute idea and perfect for any sort of occasion. I must admit that I didn’t get what on earth the pinch proof part was about though till I googled it, it’s not something that exists in Ireland.

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