A favorite t-shirt doesn’t need to go in the trash when it is old and unwearable. Save the printed graphics and phrases by upcycling the t-shirt into a fun zippered pajama bag or cosmetic pouch.
The Zippered T-Shirt Pouch is actually a few years old, but I never got it posted on Restyled Junk. Please enjoy.
Things You Will Need:
1/3-yard medium-weight fusible interfacing
1/3-yard cotton fabric
12-inch (or longer) zipper
What To Do:
Cut one 12-inch square from the front of your t-shirt and one 12-inch square from the back. The graphics on the front of my shirt were spaced farther than 12 inches apart, so I cut and pieced until I had what I wanted within the measurement. I made identical cuts and seams for the back, but one solid 12-inch square would have worked fine. Open the seams and iron flat.
Cut two 12-inch squares from medium-weight fusible interfacing. Iron the interfacing squares to the back of the t-shirt squares. Note: Use a pressing cloth over the graphics to avoid melting them.
Cut two 12-inch squares from coordinating cotton fabric for the lining.
Place a fabric lining square on your work table with the front facing up. Place the zipper on one edge of the square with the front of the zipper facing up.
Place one T-shirt square on top of the lining with the wrong side facing up. Note: The zipper is the top of the pouch. Adjust the t-shirt square so that the graphics are not stitched upside down. Pin the edge with the zipper sandwiched in between the squares. Sew along the pinned edge using a zipper foot.
Turn the stitched squares right side out and iron, pressing the seam along the zipper edge.
Lay the remaining lining square on your work table with the front facing up. Place the unstitched zipper edge on one edge of the square with the front of the zipper facing up.
Place the remaining T-shirt square on top of the lining with the wrong side facing up. Pin the edge with the zipper sandwiched in between the squares. Sew along the pinned edge using a zipper foot.
Turn right side out and iron. Unzip the zipper.
Place the two lining squares together with the wrong sides facing out and pin the three edges that do not have the zipper attached. Do the same with the t-shirt squares.
Sew around the entire pouch on all the pinned edges. Leave a 3-inch opening in the center of the bottom lining squares.
Sew the opening in the lining closed.
Turn the pouch right side out through the opening in the lining. Tuck the lining inside the t-shirt portion of the pouch and iron.
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