DIY Fabric Pockets

June 04, 2012

Fabric Pockets | allonsykimberly.comIt’s summer! Time for sunshine, sandals, and short shorts. Jean shorts can be kind of boring, so why not jazz ‘em up with some pretty floral fabric?!


  • pretty fabric
  • newspaper/scrap paper for pattern
  • scissors
  • marker
  • sewing machine & thread
  • shorts or jeans to cut into shorts

    STEP 1: Cut Jeans into Shorts

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    I don’t actually own any jean shorts, and I didn’t want to alter any of the shorts I do own, so I cut up a pair of old jeans that I never wear. I started by marking the length I wanted and cutting one leg to that length. Then I folded it over onto the other leg and cut it to match.
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    STEP 2: Make the Pattern

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    I used a magazine ad to create my pattern. I laid it over the jeans and traced the outline of the pocket. Then cut it and a square of my fabric out. I cut the pattern out to be longer than what I traced so it could be placed inside the pocket.
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    I pinned the fabric over the paper pattern and pressed the folds in place.
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    STEP 3: Sew It Up!
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    I put the fabric into the pocket and pinned it in place before sewing it. When I sewed, I took extra care to make sure I didn’t end up sewing the front and back of the legs together.
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    When I got to where the pocket curves, I pulled it down with my finger and stitched down as far as I could, then went back around the whole pocket a second time.
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    As I said before, I made sure I didn’t accidentally sew the legs shut, but I forgot about the inside tag.
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    Fortunately, it doesn’t hinder the wearability of the shorts, it just looks a little funny on the inside.

    STEP 4: Wear ‘Em!
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    Cassandra said...

    I love this idea! Thanks for sharing :)

    Crafty Mischief said...

    I totally had jeans with pockets like that! I'd forgotten about them, thanks for the inspiration. My girls will just love these! :)

    Tanya Anurag said...

    The pockets are so cute :) Nice idea!
    Congrats on the CSI win!


    Tutus & Tea Parties said...

    This is awesome! I shared on Pinterest & Twitter. Love it!

    terry said...

    nice blog article and pic, love your s blogs

    Carrie Barron said...

    Super cool! It's great how a bit of fabric adds so much. Thanks for sharing!

    The Mandatory Mooch said...

    Great upgrade!! Thanks for linking up to Tasty Thursdays at The Mandatory Mooch. Hope you will link up again this week. The party will be live tonight.

    Thanks, Nichi

    FlyAwayHome said...

    VERY cute idea!I just may have to try this. thanks for sharing.