Happy love day friends. Whether you’re partnered up or not (who cares!) I wanted to share a bit of sewing love with my first ever DIY fashion tutorial on this here blog.
I’m planning on doing more, so watch this space, but I thought I’d start with something simple… and heart-shaped of course.
Appliqueing a heart pocket is a nice way of brightening up any outfit (they’re especially cute on kids clothes but why should kids get all the fun, eh?) I’m going to update an old t-shirt here cause that’s what I had to hand, but same principle could be applied to a skirt or shorts – you might just have to scale up the size of the heart depending on the size of area you want to cover, whether you want to use it as a real pocket, put your hands in, etc.
What you’ll need:
- T-shirt or other item of clothing
- Heart template (download here)
- Fabric* for pocket – enough to cut out two of the template
- Red thread – or colour to match your fabric
- Sewing machine
- Hand sewing needle
How to make:
1. Print and cut out the heart template, then cut two of these from your fabric.
2. Place the right sides of the two pieces of fabric together and pin.
3. Using a sewing machine and matching thread for your fabric, sew a 1/4 inch seam around the edge. This may be a bit fiddly so just go at a slow and steady pace. Leave about a 2.5cm/1 inch opening to turn the heart.
Tip: To save unthreading/re-threading your machine at step 5, cut a length of thread before you thread your machine.
4. Turn the heart shape right sides out.
5. Using the thread, sew the opening shut by hand. You can sew on the back of the heart to hide the stitches.
6.Press your heart shape with the iron to make sure everything lies flat.
7. Going back to the sewing machine, top stitch your heart all the way around with a 1/2″ seam.
8. Now place the heart where you want it positioned on the garment. This may require a fitting, and it’s always handy if you can find someone to help you. Pin in the desired position… just try to avoid being poked by any pins.
9. Back to the sewing machine for the last time (promise). Sew over the top stitching from the bottom of the heart, up one side until you reach about three quarters of the way up. Repeat on the other half of the heart.
Trim the ends, and – ta da – your item of clothing is ready to wear. Unless you want to add more pockets, of course.
I hope you enjoyed this. Please let me know if you have any questions or corrections, and I’d LOVE to see if you make your own.
* If you’re using a dark colour pocket on a light piece of clothing like I am, I’d suggest doing a test handwash the fabric first to make sure it doesn’t run!