DIY: Leather Pocket

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First up on the leather accents DIY project list is the leather pocket. I thought I'd start off easy. Both leather and plaid are currently big trends so I thought it would be cool to combine them together. 
Supplies:
Shirt
faux leather fabric
scissors
seam ripper
clips
sewing gauge
chalk
pattern paper or wax free paper if you don't have a teflon, walking or glide sewing foot.
sewing machine (denim needle)
  • Remove the original pocket from the shirt using the seam ripper.
  • Iron flat the original pocket and place on top of leather fabric. Pin or clip in place. (Pins may leave holes so hair clips, bobby pins or paper clips will work)
  • Using the chalk trace around the pocket onto the leather piece. Cut along the marked line.
  • Use the sewing gauge to measure the seams you will create when you fold down around the pocket. Use the clips to hold in place.
  • Adjust the thread tension looser to about a 4 and adjust the stitch length longer to about a 3.
  • Place the pattern paper over the pocket and sew as you normally would. Sew the top part of the pocket. I originally marked my lines with the chalk but it was hard to see once the paper was added. I guess a trip to the craft store for a teflon foot is coming. The next leather projects should go smoother.
  • Remove the paper from the pocket. Gently scratch off any pieces that wasn't removed.
  • Place the pocket on the correct area of the shirt and clip paper on top. Sew the pocket onto the shirt. Remove the paper.




What do you guys think about plaid and leather together?

Outfit Details:
shirt Old Navy Men's | jeans Levis | shoes Converse | watch Target

43 comments

  1. Nice outfit and you rock it well.
    effortlesslady.blogspot.ca

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  2. Yay I love the leather pocket, you did a great job!

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  3. Thanks Ali. I'm really just remaking pieces I already own for right now but I'm warming up to the idea. :-)

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  4. Very cool. Pretty jealous that I don't have skills like that. Totally looks like something I would buy in a store.

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  5. Thanks Cam! For now I believe Forever21 has some. :-)
    http://www.forever21.com/Product/Product.aspx?BR=f21&Category=top_blouses-long-sleeves&ProductID=2055427149&VariantID=

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  6. this is so cute! I love the leather pocket! It looks great!

    xo,
    nancy

    http://adoretoadorn.blogspot.com

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  7. You're so creative. I love it! Neatly done and you look good.


    missymayification.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. I'm a huge fan of plaid and leather together! I'm doing the same thing for my Mad About Plaid Challenge garment actually. :) I didn't think about adding a leather pocket, so I may steal that idea from you. ;)

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  9. :-) You can add leather elbow patches too.

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  10. I'm dying over this DIY leather trim! Plaid and leather are so good together. I might have to wear a plaid shirt with my leather leggings.

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  11. Great idea! You can weather it with a leather skirt or moto jacket too.

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  12. Love, love, love the shirt! You are so crazy crafty!
    Debbie
    www.fashionfairydust.blogspot.com

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  13. The template looks amazing! If you want to make the header font smaller it's in the html part of it. It's an easy fix.

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  14. I love the leather pocket! So fun!


    xo,
    Angela

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  15. Thanks to you. :-) I went into the html and header section but didn't see anything regarding size or font. I tried adding it myself but I couldn't get it to work.

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  16. Ooh the plaid and leather look great together! Nice job!

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  17. That's an awesome idea. I love leather detailing for fall.

    http://vainandsimple.blogspot.com/

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  18. Looks CUTE! You are good that this DIY stuff girl! *2 snaps*

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  19. I was wondering if anyone would notice. :-) Thanks you!

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  20. You are so talented, I love the leather accent project. That trend is all the rage and with the plaid, love it!
    http://www.robincharmagne.com/blog

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  21. how fun!! i love how this turned out. i, too, love plaid and leopard.

    [oomph.]

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  22. Oh, you changed your blog layout! I love it :) Adding leather to anything I love, especially to the plaid shirt, and it's a cute pocket!! Looking fabulous as always.

    -Vogue&Heels

    www.vogueandheels.com

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  23. Thanks Anngelik! It was time for a change. :-)

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  24. i think it's a really cool idea :) and i love your glasses! x

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  25. ahhh, you are brilliant. This looks so good. Adore this post, love. If you get a free moment, I'd love to hear your thoughts on my latest. :) xo

    www.fashboulevard.com

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  26. I love the mix of the two fabrics.


    Dee

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I really appreciate your comments!

Mo