Momma Jen’s Paci-Tee’s
Momma Jen’s Paci-Tee’s
These t-shirts, just like many of my creations, were born out of necessity…my necessity. J I needed my infant twins to be able to keep their pacifiers with them, and none of the “clippy” things ever really worked. They became worn and broken (no longer useful, not to mention dangerous) too quickly and easily. So, my “Paci-Tee’s” were born. It is rather convenient if you can purchase or use a t-shirt that already has a pocket on the chest, but it is actually BETTER if you have to make your own pocket. Yes, really…better. When you make it yourself, you can use interfacing or stabilizer to make it more sturdy. Because a DIY pocket is better, that is what we’ll be doing. You CAN do this!
As a general rule of thumb, the finished pocket shouldn’t be larger than the little one’s hand. You can adjust the size of the pocket pattern by increasing or decreasing the print size. For example, instead of printing it at “actual size” or 100%, you’d adjust your printer settings to 90% (smaller), or 110% (larger), and so on.
You will need:
- T-shirt or Onesie for your little one
- One Sided Fusible Interfacing, 3″ X 3″
- 4″ X 4″ Piece of Fabric – Either the same composition (knit), or otherwise (be creative!)
- Matching Thread
- Ball Point/Stretch Needle
- Ball Point Double Needle – Optional
- Dry Iron
Make sure that both the t-shirt and the fabric for the intended pocket have been pre-washed. It would look funny later if they shrank at different rates.
Print out the pattern and cut it out around the perimeter of the pocket pattern piece, along the solid line.
Press the interfacing to the wrong side of the scrap of fabric being used for the pocket. Pin the pattern to the right side of the piece, and cut out along the solid lines – this is so easy, thanks to the interfacing. Nothing pulls out of place or warps.
Remove the pins, and press the sides (along where the dotted lines are placed on the pattern piece) toward the back side (and pin in place) in the order in which they are numbered.
Use the double needle (optional) to sew the top flap down. I didn’t b/c I wanted to save time by not switching back and forth between needles…but, I paid for it. :o} Also, I would normally use thread that matches the pocket, but this time I used a contrasting color so you could see what I was doing. Matching thread doesn’t showcase a crooked seam (like below), but rather allows it to blend in. Covering it up with a pretty bow might help, too…
Using a snap setter, place the flat (female) side of the snap set in the center of this top cuff area with the receiving side facing what will become the inside of the pocket.
Place the pocket on the chest of the shirt where you would like it to be situated. Reposition the remaining pins in the piece to secure the pocket to the shirt.
Using a single stretch or ball point needle, topstitch the pocket in place on all three sides.
Now that the pocket is in place, it’s time to make the pacifier tether! This process is much like my previous post on the paci/toy/cup/etc. tether, only the measurements are different.
You Will Need:
- ⅝” wide grosgrain ribbon
- ½” wide fusible hem tape
- an iron
- sewing machine
- liquid seam sealant (or a lighter)
- 1 snap set (male)
- 1 complete snap set (male & female)
- a snap setter and (if called for by the setter) a hammer.
I find that the ⅝” wide grosgrain works best because it isn’t as heavy as the wider ribbon, but it is still substantial enough to do a good job. This way, when it is just hanging from the shirt, it isn’t necessarily pulling their pocket inside out.
For this tether, start with two pieces of grosgrain ribbon, 10 inches long each, and an 9½ inch long piece of ½ inch wide fusible hem tape. (Here, I’ve used ⅝ inch wide grosgrain.) Layer the three pieces, ribbon | hem tape | ribbon, with the hem tape centered in the middle, and press using a medium heat setting.
Clip the four corners, so the ends will turn in nicely. Seal the ends of the ribbons by melting them with a quick pass of a lighter (or by using liquid seam sealant – just allow it to dry before going on). Turn the ends in toward each other and pin in place.
Sew, using a straight stitch at 5-8 spi (stitches per inch), all the way around the piece quite near the open edges. You determine the distance, but try to keep it consistent as you go. Remember to lock your seam at the beginning and end. (This simply means stitch a few stitches, and then stitch in reverse back over those first few stitches. At the end of the seam, reverse back over the last few stitches and go forward again.)
Now, fold one end toward the other at 1¼ inches, and press. Determine where your snap placement should be. (I like it about ½ inch from the end – not from the fold.) Use your snap setter and hammer or mallet to set your snaps according to the directions included with the setter.
Embellish, if you wish, and you’re done! (For girls, maybe a bow or flower to cover the pocket snap. For boys, maybe a football button or maybe nothing at all! If you have an embroidery machine, you could always embroider a monogram (or other cute design) on the fabric intended for the pocket before you cut out the pattern piece. If you do not have an embroidery machine, there are some great iron-on appliqués at the fabric store.) Play. Be creative. Have fun!
These make for thoughtful baby shower gifts, new baby gifts, 1st birthday gifts, and any day gifts for someone with little ones. Regardless of the reason, the recipient is sure to appreciate your creativity and effort! Know anyone with multiples (twins, triplets, etc.)? They’ll love you forever for this gift!
Legal Disclaimer: This set of product instructions has not been reviewed by any safety board, and does not conform to any state or national standards. As with any infant or toddler product, do not leave your child unattended or unsupervised while the completed product, per the above instructions or otherwise, is in use. Modesty Matters assumes no liability for this product’s instruction implementation nor usage of the finished product.
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