So, I cut it out and then sewed around the pocket to close it off. Sometimes I used contrasting thread to give it a little interest.
The color is slightly darker here than the rest of the jean, but it even looks good flipped backwards:
However, the amount of material is limited. But in the end, the hubby was happy with the results. His comment: "These even look kind of stylish!" I don't know if I would go that far, but they are good enough for slumming it around the cottage :-)