We love using pockets in quilts because they add a bit of whimsey to a T-shirt quilt. They are also very practical.
The first time I included a pocket from a T-shirt in a quilt - well that was a big hit. Ever since I have encouraged using pockets in T-shirt quilts.
When we show quilts at various events, a pocket in a display quilt is one of the most commented on items. We have heard all sorts of ideas as to what you could put in a pocket in a quilt on your bed; the remote, a cell phone, a condom, snacks, glasses and even your dentures.
People also like to see a pocket in a quilt because it affirms that yes, these are actual T-shirts.
What follows is what I have learned about using pockets in T-shirts quilts.
Typical Types of Pockets
There are three typical types of pocket configurations we see.
First, we see pockets that have the logo printed right on the pocket. The best way to use this style is to include the entire pocket.
If you choose not to use the pocket, but just want the logo, you will get an odd looking block. Part of the pocket will show and part will be cut off. We like to try to avoid this look because it’s silly.
Next, we see pockets with the logo or graphic printed above the pocket. We have found the best way to use this style of logo/pocket combination is to include the pocket.
If you choose not to use the pocket, yet you want the logo, it will be tricky. We first have to cut around the logo. The logo is then mounted on another piece of fabric from that T-shirt. The logo is then stitched down. It never looks as good as just including the pocket.
Then there are pouch pockets on sweatshirts. Sometimes we choose to include them, other times we don't. It will depend on the size of the graphic above the pocket and our customer's desired.
Let us know if you want to include or exclude a pouch pocket on a sweatshirt.
There are pocks from clothing. These include front and back pockets of blue jeans, pockets from sweatpants, and bicycle jersey pockets. We use any other pocket we come across because they add a fun element to a quilt.
If you would like to learn more about having a quilt made from your T-shirts, consider downloading our T-shirt Quilt Buyer’s Guide. It’s a great resource as you begin your search for a T-shirt quilt maker.
Bike Jersey Quilt
A number of years ago we made a quilt with pockets. I had planned to use the quilt myself or to hang it in the shop. But, that never happened. Somehow the quilt was relegated for Edgar the dog to use in the car. It’s had a rough life, but Edgar likes it.
Andrea Funk is the inventor of T-shirt quilts made with multiple blocks sizes. The modern method of making T-shirt quilts. In 1992 she founded Too Cool T-shirt Quilts. Her life has been immersed in T-shirt quilts ever since.