I am a refashioning, sewing, crafting, thrifting, bargain hunting, goodwill lovin' diva with 2 kids, trying to make it all work together.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Pockets to Cuffs!

In thinking about Stashbusting September... I realized I had TONS of cuffs left over from men's and women's shirts that I've used for up-cycled projects in the past. So, I had to think of a way to use them!

Here goes: Turn those cuffs into POCKETS!
**I used a boring brown jacket in my daughter's closet, a green tote that I've had in my do-something with this-pile for a while; and some cuffs from my stash

Here's a little tutorial on how to do it.

Step One: Cut the cuffs from the shirt with about a half inch to spare see pic.

Fold over about a quarter of an inch, iron.
Fold over again to the seam of the cuff and sew, using the existing seams as a guide. See following picture:

Excuse the switch in pocket... now we are looking at a jacket that I was sewing pockets on to...same procedure! I have typed out the directions also, just in case you can't see the words on the pics clearly!

Step 2: Locate where you want the pocket, button cuff and pin in place, aligning sides.

Step 3: Sew as shown, follow arrows and sew through all the layers.

Step 4: With pocket buttoned, mark with a pin where the pocket folds to close.
Step 5 (although the pic looks like it says step 6...sorry): Open the pocket and sew straight across just below the level of the pin. I sewed 2 lines of stitching for stability.

Repeat process until all your pockets are sewn in place... Ta Da! Stash BUSTED! Yea!
Try it on bags like this, coats, jackets, pillows, wallets, who knows what else!


  1. wonderful!!!!just yesterday i was thinking who to add pockets ti a dress, this is a beautiful idea tonight i will search some cuffs:-)

  2. I love this so much! thanks :)
    (got here via One Pretty Thing :)

  3. That is SOO cool! I love that it's something I might be able to do by hand. Thanks for a great idea, saw you on t-shirt diaries.

  4. Genius!!!!!!!!! I use mostly repurposed fabrics and this is a perfect solution to all of those cuffs that are piling up in my stash. I KNEW a perfect idea would pop up sooner or later. Thanks so much for sharing!

    love, jenn

  5. that's pretty cute! way to use those cuffs!

  6. This is really, really clever. I never know what to do with cuffs and this is just a great inspiration. Thanks for sharing!!!!!