Here’s a fun heart pocket just in time for Valentine’s Day or any day for that matter. In this tutorial I will show you how to add the front heart pocket to a shirt as you are sewing it up. For this shirt, I used the Peek-a-boo Pattern Shop’s Alex and Anna winter pjs. I widened and lengthened the the front and back pieces of the pattern and added a curved hem. This would work for a variety of patters as well as on a store bought shirt.
Cut out your desired heart shape including a 1/4” seam allowance. You will need 2 fabric hearts and one cut from fusible interfacing. I used a old t-shirt for these hearts. Apply the fusible interfacing to the wrong side of one of the hearts per the manufacturer’s instructions.
Sew the heart pieces right sides together leaving a 2’'-3” opening for turning.
Trim your seams and clip the curves.
Turn right sides out and press well. Topstitch around the heart close to the edge enclosing the opening.
Place the heart shape on the front piece of the shirt pattern. Stitch over your topstitching to attach the heart to the shirt. Stitch only at the dashed lines below leaving an opening for the pocket and room to finish the hem of the shirt. That is room to fold the hem up and room for your sewing foot to pass by.
Finish sewing together the shirt pieces per the pattern instructions. Pin the bottom of the heart out of the way to complete the hem.
Once the hem is complete, fold down the heart and stitch over the topstiching down to the edge of the hem.
On the wrong side of the heart, hand stitch the hem edge of the shirt to the heart closing the pocket.
This heart pocket could also be sewn to a finished store bought shirt in the same manner.