Shirt Cuff Pouches

Shirt Cuff Pouches

When Gavin and I were first dating in college, he had this dress shirt that had been his dad’s, with their initials (they’re the same) on the cuff.  He wore it on our first real date, probably to graduation, basically everywhere. I thought it was adorable.

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The GAR shirt in action at the Women in Computer Science Semi-formal in 2010

I remember showing Gavin that it had a (fairly large) tear in the very thin and worn sleeve sometime after college and feeling bummed that the shirt had finally died.

BUT! I saved it, with the intention of making something out of it. So when I saw this tutorial for turning shirt cuffs into pouches a couple of years ago, I knew it would be perfect.

And still the shirt sat.

Until last weekend, when I finally let go of some of my perfectionist tendencies, chopped off the cuffs, and sewed up some pouches using decidedly non-matching thread. My one allowance to perfection was to practice on the non-monogrammed cuff first, hence two pouches.


These took about three minutes to make – cutting off the cuffs neatly probably took longer than sewing them into pouches.

On the second, monogrammed cuff, I continued my line of stitching all the way around the edges of the flap too so it would have a topstitched look and not be as awkward on the back of the pouch. You can see what I mean in the pictures.


Hopefully Gavin will be able to use these for a rosary, quarters, or some tiny computer accessory. Whatever the use, I’m glad the GAR shirt lives on.