Creative reuse of unpicked shirt pockets. March 15, 2011Posted by Sarah in bag, blanket stitch, clothes, fabric, felt, hand made, holiday, home made, recycle, refashion, reuse, sewing, thrifty.
J and I purchased a shirt each for wearing while we travel through South East Asia. We’ll be travelling very light, so we need to pack clothing that’s so practical it’s almost laughable. Clothing with features that would be completely irrelevant in Sydney – like back vents for example. Things that you can wash by hand in a sink and have it dry in just a few hours, ready to be worn for the 30th day straight. My shirt is blue, long sleeved, and looks like my mother dressed me in chambray for a family photo in 1990. But, it’s actually a really nice fit, and surprisingly comfortable. J however was not so lucky. Thanks to the Amazon sizing charts it’s a size too big for him. That probably wouldn’t have been too bad if the shirt didn’t also come with two huge, incredibly unflattering chest pockets. J and I took one look at the shirt on and decided that the pockets had to go. They weren’t much use anyway – and since we’ll have daypacks with us there’s really no need to be carrying anything in shirt pockets. I took to them with my quick unpick, carefully removing each stitch so as not to leave any visible marks or holes. Now you wouldn’t even know that there had ever been pockets on the shirt, and it looks so much better!
The hoarding maybe-that-will-come-in-handy-one-day part of my personality decided to put the two removed pockets into my fabric stash until I decided what to do with them. After pulling them out last night and having another look at them I decided that they would make great little pouches to keep our electronic cables in while we travel. I cut out black felt for the backing pieces of the pouches and sewed around the edges with blanket stitch. I incorporated the original pocket closure on one pouch by sewing it onto the felt, and with the other I added snap closures. Each pocket took me about an hour to complete. Now we can store all of our chargers in one spot, and we wont have to go rummaging through our bags only to find a tangled mess of cables at the botton of the pack!