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baby pillow DIY Monogrammed Pocket T Shirt customized gifts for mom
Updated: 2020-03-06 14:34

A great big thank you to SayitwithApplique.com for providing the supplies for, and sponsoring this tutorial! All work and opinions are 100% mine.

Last year my oldest daughter came to me and said “;Mom, I found a new project for your blog!”; She proceeded?to show me some photos of t-shirts with colorful pockets sewn on. I thought “;hey, that would be a fun project”;.. and filed away a pocket tee tutorial onto my “;to do”; list.

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Then last summer we were out shopping and she wanted to buy one of the pocket t-shirts that she had shown me earlier, I thought “;ok”; then I looked at the price tag and had a “;don’;t buy that I can make it!”; moment. I talked her out of it convincing her that we could make one at home and she could pick whatever fabric she wanted on the pocket.

Fast forward a yearbaby pillow, she headed off to college out west and along with missing her I admit I lost one of my creative “;muses”;. She was always so good (and excited) to suggest new projects for my blog ( and was a huge help coming up with ideas for my book). ?Well…;. she’;s home for the summer (although only temporarily, she’;s headed off to Europe for a study abroad later this summer)…; and so it was finally time to make her a pocket t-shirt.

She’;s been obsessed with monogramming EVERYTHING this year. ?I think it stems from growing up in the South and moving out West where monogramming is not quite as popular. To her I think it’;s a little something that reminds her of home.

The kind folks at Say it with Applique contacted me about working with some of their laser cut fabric letters last Spring. I knew that they would be a great fit for this project. (I’;ve got another fun monogram project from them coming next week!) I promptly order my daughters monogram. ?Then it showed up in the mail and I found out that ORDERED THE WRONG LETTERS! ?(just to be clear, they sent the ones I ordered, I just ordered the wrong ones)…; Worst thing, I didn’;t even notice until she pointed it out! Yes, total DUH moment, ?I seriously don’;t know my own daughter’;s initials???? I had messed up and ordered my middle name as hers—; I swear I wonder where my brain is going. ?After quickly reordering the right monogram and having them show up really fast, I got to work on her t-shirt.

Say it with Applique?offer letters and monograms that are pre-fused and laser cut. The thing I like about them the best is that their letters (aside from the fact that they are laser cut, hallelujah) are all cut from high quality 100% cotton fabrics.

They have several fonts and colors to choose from. ?If you’;ve ever wanted to add a name to a project you’;re working on, these are perfect.

I chose to work with the circle monograms. ?They come in two sizes small and large. The one on the t-shirt is the small monogram, next week I’;ll share a project using the large circle monogram.

Okay,

To make the shirt you’;re going to need:

-Pocket Template Piece (you can download it here)

-Circle Monogram, Small

-Scrap of fabric

-T-shirt

Begin by cutting out two pieces of fabric from the pocket template piece.

On one pocket piece apply the monogram. Start in the center and apply one letter at a time. Just peel the back off of the letter and iron onto the fabric.

Since I knew that this shirt would be washed a lot I decided to also stitch the letters down. To make it simple, I stitched down the center of each letter in matching thread.

Next put your two pocket pieces right sides together and stitch with a 1/2″; seam allowance. Leave 2″; opening in one side of the pocket to turn it right side out.

Clip the corners and turn right side out and press.

For a bit of extra detail, stitch a line 3/4″; down from the top of the pocket.

Pin the pocket to the t-shirt in the desired location and stitch in place. Be sure to backstitch a few times at the top of the pocket.

That’;s it! The shirts are so quick and easy to make I may even make her a few more!

To find out more about Say it with Applique visit their website.?

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