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A Fresh Take on Frockets

March 28, 2013

Thanks to the collegiate Greek world, there's a new trend in T-shirt makeovers. It's called a frocket (a contraction of "fraternity" and "pocket"), and it's the replacement (or addition) of a chest pocket on a shirt with one made of another fabric. Members of sororities or fraternities normally have Green letters on theirs, but you don't have to be in any club to make your own version. It's an easy way to add personal flair to a basic shirt, so have at it! It's also a great way to make use of the stash.

Here's how I made mine:

First, I sketched out the dimensions I wanted for the finished pocket. I also marked dots 1/4 inch out from the finished size to use as guides to create my cutting size that will include seam allowance.

1-frockets.jpgNext, using my dots as a guide for my ruler placement, I drew in the seam allowance lines to create the size I will actually cut.

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With the extra paper trimmed away, my simple little pattern is ready to go.

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For each pocket, I cut two pieces of my fashion fabric -- I stuck with cotton prints -- and stitched them right-sides together, leaving an opening on one side to turn it right side out.

4-frockets.jpgOnce I clipped the corners, I turned it and gave it a hard press with the iron. You could, of course, use a single layer of fabric, hem the top and fold in the raw edges. I like to use the two-layer method because I don't have to worry about keeping raw edges tucked under, and the extra body help the pocket keep its shape.

5-frockets.jpgHere's the pocket on my shirt. I place mine a little high when I'm adding them to fitted shirts, because I don't like the way lower placement looks on the bust line.

6-frockets.jpgHere's a closeup of a pocket so you can see the stitching pattern. I first run a line of stitching about 1/4 inch in from the edge, turning at the top corners and then moving to the outside edge, where I stay as close to the edge as possible. This also closes up the opening I left in the turned pocket earlier.

7-frockets.jpgHere's my Star Wars print on my shirt. Can't wait to wear it!

8-frockets.jpgDon't forget, these pockets can be your tiny canvases! You can add trim, hot fix crystals or appliques. Since they're small, even if you make an irretrievable mistake, it's not the end of the world. Just make another! For this next one, I combined a striped suiting fabric with an overlay of striped grosgrain ribbon.


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10-frockets.jpgOf course, I couldn't stay away from my licensed print stash. This project is a great way to dress up kids' shirts, or to make coordinated sleep sets -- just make the pajama pants from your print, and add a custom pocket to a matching shirt. You can make gifts completely tailored to the receiver's taste!

11-frockets.jpgFor one pajama top, I chose a ribbed tank top. If you do the same, you might want to stretch your top out under the pocket a little, since the knit on these types of shirts is often stretchier than a normal T-shirt.

12-frockets.jpgAnd last, one with a little skull action. This also makes me think about making holiday versions (it's NEVER too early to get started on Halloween).

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While I stuck with cotton prints, you can use almost any fabric you like -- just make sure it's machine washable, and prewash both the fabric and the shirt to avoid post-laundering puckers.

I bet you have a cherished little scrap of something just perfect for a project like this!




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