DIY Chain Pocket T-Shirt

I am always trying to come up with ways to make my t-shirts and comfy staple pieces a little more unique and fun.  That is where this post was born.  Why not have an oversized, comfy tank with a chain pocket detail?  I picked up the shirt at a second hand store for $2.99 and the chain from Michael’s (with a coupon) for under $3.  I chose to get an oversized tank to make the look even more edgy.  This project will take a little patience and a little sewing by hand skill!

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You will need:

  • tank/tshirt
  • chain
  • needle
  • thread
  • sewing pins
  • piece of paper and marker/pencil (for a pattern)
  • scissors

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First, you will need to draw and cut out the size pocket you want.  This piece of paper will act as a pattern and also help while you are sewing on the chains.  Then cut the chain to match the length of the pattern.  Lay it out on the pattern to make sure it matches up and is the size and look you want.

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Then, pin the pocket pattern where you want it on the shirt.  Take this time to place it exactly where you want.  Nothing would be worse than sewing it all on only to find that it is too far left/right or too high/low.  It might also be smart to try the shirt on with the pocket or look at a shirt with a pocket for best placement.  Remember the pocket will most likely droop/dip a little in the center.

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This is where patience and sewing is needed.  Each chain will need to be sewn to the shirt at the first link and the last link.  As you add more links, also connect, with thread, the first and last link the chain above it.

(I removed the pattern for the picture.)

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Once you finish sewing each chain, you can go back and add any addition chains if you fill the pocket doesn’t look filled enough.

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This is a picture of how the shirt looks on the inside.  Not pretty but this was the easiest and fastest way to have the chain stay.

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The shirt will need to be hand washed to keep the chains intact.

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DIY Rachel Zoe inspired Tassel Necklace

     Recently, I was watching Rachel Zoe’s reality show and saw her wearing one of the coolest necklaces I have ever seen.  It looks as if it was a tassel cord that could be draped around your necklace in as many ways as you could imagine.  I knew I couldn’t afford the one she owned; but, recreating it couldn’t be too difficult.  So, I went to Michael’s for inspiration and sure enough I found it in the clearance section.   Be sure to bring a coupon and Michael’s does accept competitor’s coupons.

Inspiration: 

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(Rachel Zoe ShopBop $650.00)                                                               (Rachel Zoe Neiman Marcus $325.00)

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You will need:

  • metal chain (this one was 96in)
  • tassels
  • scissors, tweezers, pliers, or jewelry making tools

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First, take the chain out and fold it in half.  Take this doubled up chain and twist it together.  This is how will create some texture.  If you want, you can a longer chain and triple it up for even more volume and texture.  You could braid it or simply twist it.  You could even get different colors or braid in ribbon or cord.

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  After the chain is twisted, you will need to open up the o ring on the tassel.  This picture is a little blurry; but, it is just showing the o ring opened up just enough to fit onto the chain.  The ring can be open with scissors, tweezers, plier, etc.

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Once the ring has been put through one link of the chain, close it using the same tool you used to open it.  I used scissors since I couldn’t find my jewelry tools.  Next, attached the tassel to the other side of the chain.  After both tassels are attached, you are finished.

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The necklace can be worn any way you can imagine.  Think of all the ways you can wear a scarf.  You could create a knot and let it hang or think outside of the box wear as a decorative belt!

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