DIY: Add a Leather Pocket

It took me all of 10 minutes to switch the original pocket to leather on this shirt, I'll happily tell you how I did it so you can add a leather pocket to your own garment!  However, before I tell you how, let me make a little confession.  Sometimes I buy XL shirts in the Target little girls department, but only if they have dropped shoulders or are a baseball tee.  I have wide shoulders, thanks Dad.  Anyway, I bought this one with dropped shoulders and it fit great, except the pocket was too small for someone who is 'developed.'  So, I decided to swap it out for a bigger leather pocket.

I took off the original pocket & button with a seam ripper.  I used the original + its seam allowance as a pattern for my new pocket.  I used a rotary cutter to cut it out.  There was no need for seam allowance since I planned on top stitching the pocket on.

I held it up to my shirt in the mirror & placed pins in the shirt where I wanted the corners to be once the pocket was attached.

I used my industrial sewing machine to sew the pocket on where my pins indicated.  You can definitely use a home machine, too.  I've sewn the same leather on my home machine with this Non-Stick Sewing Machine Presser Foot.  I (slowly) stitched about 1/8th of an inch in, around the sides and bottom of the pocket.  If I was stitching with leather on the bottom instead of fabric I would have sewn with parchment paper between the machine & the leather to prevent the leather from sticking or getting harmed by the feed dogs.  Then I could have easily torn off the paper without messing up your stitching.  I use the same techniques when sewing clear vinyl & pleather.

Here I am wearing it during work at Fabulous Bridal.  My gold name tag is stuck on it, matching perfectly!  Let me know if you try this out.  ♥ Mallory