Leather Heart Pockets

leather heart pocket

I have a fun, quick little tutorial for you today.  I wanted to add a little valentines love to a couple dresses and a skirt I picked up at the store, and immediately thought of leather heart pockets.  It is super easy and is such an eye catching addition to plain, store bought clothes.

leather heart pocket

So here goes….grab your supplies.


You’ll need some scrap leather (mine came from a thrifted jacket), a store bought skirt or dress, scissors, a heart shaped cookie cutter, and tape.

  1. Grab your leather and cookie cutter.  Tracing onto leather is not the easiest.  I found it best to just press hard with the cookie cutter, make a good indentation on your fabric, and then follow those lines to cut out. heart
  2. Try the garment on your child and measure where the pockets should be placed.  Put a pin where your child’s hand hits comfortably.
  3. Tape your hearts onto your garment with scotch tape, removing the pin you had just put in during step two.  The tape will secure the pockets into place while you are getting ready to sew.
  4. Sew around the leather heart with an 1/8 inch seam allowance, using the dotted lines (in the picture below) as a guide as to where you should start and stop your sewing.  Back stitch at the beginning and end, and pivot at the point of the heart.  (To pivot, when you come to the point of the heart, leave your needle in the fabric, lift up the presser foot, and turn the fabric until you are facing the direction you want to sew.)  Remove the tape as you sew. stitches

leather heart pocket leather heart pocket leather heart pocket leather heart pocket And that’s it!  Grab a couple skirts, a couple dresses, all the kids you know and outfit them for Valentines Day!  Let me know if you have any questions.


  • http://whileshesleeping.blogspot.com.au/ Jenya

    Teresa, what a fun way to jazz up an outfit :) I love little projects like this :)

    • Teresa

      Thanks Jenya. I need some quick and satisfying projects right now. My sewing brain is a little fried!

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  • http://www.feathersflights.com Heather Feather

    Oh my gosh, these are adorable! I LOVE them! I want to do this to one of my dresses or shirts!

    • Teresa

      I feel the same way Heather!

  • Caroline Hutton

    I’ve been wanting to add some leather patches to the elbows of a knit cardi I’m making but wondered how you wash the garment? No way I’m dry cleaning a sweatshirt! Any thoughts?

    • Teresa

      They wash just fine. I don’t know if that is because it is from an old jacket, or what, but I’ve washed this dress and the cardigan I made with leather elbow patches and the leather held up perfectly in the wash!

  • http://onceuponasewingmachine.com Rachel

    Fun! I have some leather scraps this would work well for! I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought I would like this on a shirt of mine :)

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