Shirt Pocket Sachets

Shirt Pocket Sachets

Even though I made repurposed drawer sachets once before, I had this spark of an idea and I simply had to share it with you. Because it’s so “DUH!”…and because Father’s Day will be here soon, it seemed like the perfect time to write about my idea for Shirt Pocket Sachets using thrift store clearance shirts.

Wait, what did she just say? SHIRT. POCKET. SACHETS?

I sure did…and it all started out with a quick browse through the clearance men’s clothing section at Goodwill…

Men's button down shirts at thrift store clearance racks for repurposing and upcycling DIY craft project by Sadie Seasongoods /

Perusing the options…

I was, no surprise, looking for flannel shirts…because as the temperature rises, flannels are NOT in high demand, so I always re-stock my stash during the hotter months. And while I found a few flannel shirts, I was struck by the number of plain cotton button down shirts…and as I ran my fingers over the faux pearl snaps on a few of them, the idea of repurposing the pockets alone popped into my head. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

Creating shirt pocket sachets by repurposing men's button down shirts from the thrift store by Sadie Seasongoods /

Looking for pockets- and snap pockets are the best!

So, here’s what I did. I gathered a collection of shirts that had breast pockets from the clearance section. And while I have always recommended getting large and XL shirts (more fabric for your buck), I recommend the opposite for this project! As it turns out, the smaller (younger?) men’s shirts tend to have TWO pockets with snaps…or, at least, that was what I ran into. And smaller snapped pockets are seriously ideal for this project.

ANYWAY, I laundered my shirts and used fabric scissors to carefully cut out the full pocket along the stitching, being careful to not cross the stitching.

Cutting out pockets from thrift store button down shirts for DIY shirt pocket sachets by Sadie Seasongoods /

Save the rest of the shirt for other projects!

Because I’m considering these a DIY Father’s Day gift idea, I decided to use more masculine fillers for my shirt pocket sachets. Of course, you could fill the pockets with whatever you’d like, but I went with balsam needles (from this Etsy shop) and fresh cedar wood chips (from this Etsy shop). (And before filling each shirt pocket sachet with your filler, I recommend running a hot iron over the pockets first.)

Filling repurposed shirt pocket sachets with balsam needles and cedar wood chips by Sadie Seasongoods /

Using wonderfully woodsy scented fillers…

Another option would be to mix baking soda with woodsy essential oils like these and scooping the mixture into a pocket.

Once I had filled each pocket with cedar and/or balsam (and sometimes a mix of both!), I pinned them closed (and snapped shut, if they had snaps).

Upcycled men's button down shirt into DIY shirt pocket sachets for Father's Day gift by Sadie Seasongoods /

Ready to sew closed!

I used my beloved sewing machine to run along the top of the pocket (for the snapless pockets) or along the flap of the pocket (for the snapped pockets) to keep it closed. (For added insurance, you could also run along the original pocket stitching, too.) And that was it- you could easily stitch them closed by hand, as well.

Using repurposed men's shirts to create DIY cedar and balsam scented shirt pocket sachets by Sadie Seasongoods /

Easy as something easier than pie!

How great is that!? Easy DIY shirt pocket sachets that will be a perfect gift for any “him” in your life- whether you repurpose an old shirt from his closet or find some on clearance at your local thrift store.

How to upcycle and repurpose men's shirts from thrift store into cedar and balsam scented shirt pocket sachets for Father's Day by Sadie Seasongoods /

So many shirt pocket sachet possibilities!

And if you’re looking for more DIY Father’s Day gift ideas, check out this round-up post here.  Or, if you’re interested in my full collection of DIY sewing projects using upcycled and repurposed materials, please click here.

Craft on!


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  1. Barbara Booth says

    What an awesome idea and just in time for “Fathers Day” I was thinking of getting Hubby a couple of Tees for Father’s Day and I think I’ll use your idea for the top of the package instead of a bow. Thanks for the great Idea

  2. This is a terrific idea – thank you!!

  3. Linda Hickey says

    I love your clever Idea of shirt poket sachets. Can use it for Fathers Day.

  4. Awesome !!!! Thanks for sharing…

  5. This is a cute idea! Thank you for sharing!

  6. These are such a great idea. I am always looking for cute up-cycled projects that is why I follow you. Keep up the great inspiration. I look forward to your next idea.

  7. Adorable, Sarah! Love these! Pinned!

  8. Very clever idea, and super cute. I was just looking at the men’s shirts at Goodwill the other day and seen some with pockets like this. Now I need to go back. 😃

  9. Such a clever idea, great tips on shirt buying for upcycling purposes too!

  10. Brilliant!

  11. I love this idea, simple and useful. You rock!


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