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Recycled Shirt Cuff Pouches

Posted by  ·  November 1, 2016  ·  Last Updated: February 2, 2017

Recycled shirt cuff pouches are the perfect way to wrap up something small and makes a useful handmade gift. Fill these clever button pouches with a gift card, money, jewelry or a small surprise. The best part these little pouches can be made in minutes.

recycled shirt cuff pouches

If you have a shirt that you can no longer wear this is the perfect way to recycle it.  All cuffs vary in size so if you are using it for a gift card holder make sure the cuff is big enough.

DIY Shirt Sleeve Pouch shirts

How to Make Recycled Shirt Cuff Pouches

Cut the cuff from the sleeve leaving about 1/2 inch of the shirt on the cuff. If you like the shirt can be trimmed even with the cuff. It does save a step to trim with the cuff and can look neater (if you cut really carefully) at the top where it is not inside the pouch.

DIY Shirt Sleeve Pouch Tutorial

Press the extra sleeve fabric to the back (wrong side).

Shirt Sleeve Pouch Tutorial

With wrong side facing up fold the bottom up and the top down. Make sure it buttons. You can make it so it can be adjustable making either button useable (red plaid cuff) or just choose the top button (red and white check pouch). Open the top flap back out. Stitch with matching thread from the top of the flap down to the bottom on each side.

DIY Shirt Sleeve Pouch Tutorial

It makes the perfect little pouch for small things!

DIY shirt cuff pouch

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  1. Janet Haines
    Wednesday, December 12th, 2018
    Love your blog!
  2. Lucy
    Sunday, October 22nd, 2017
    what a wonderful idea. I have some shirts that I am going to cut the cuffs off to make some little pouches. Going to place a couple on a couple quilts as a memory of someone who recently passed away. Thanks.
    • Cindy
      Monday, January 8th, 2018
      Lucy, you can even use the entire sleeve and make a gift bag.