DY(S)B: Guest Tutorial- Personalized Emblem Polo

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Please welcome Susan from Living With Punks! I love Susan's blog and I'm sure you do too. I'm honored to have Susan kick off the Dress Your (School) Boy week!

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I am super excited to be over here at Andrea’s today!  Oh, ya see, I’m so excited I forgot to introduce myself!  I’m Susan from Living with Punks.  I love to create. I love to take pictures.  And, I love to write…therefore, I blog!  When Andrea asked me to be a part of her Dress your (School) Boy Week, I immediately said YES!  My twin boys are almost 9 and it is getting harder and harder to sew for them…and have them actually like it!  So, I have to get creative and really keep my eye out for what’s ‘in’.  I know!  That means thumbing through the latest cool children’s clothing catalogs and DIY’ing what I can…

Personalized polos header_thumb I’ve seen these emblem polo’s everywhere and thought why not personalize them for the punks… and guess what?  They love them!  Don’t let the faces in the pictures fool ya…those are just their serious model faces they put on as soon as the lens goes to my eye. ;)  I’m serious…I think they missed their calling… Let’s get started personalized polos 001

Plain polo shirt

Thrifted T-Shirt or scraps

fusible interfacing

Coordinating thread  personalized polos 003 Begin by cutting a sufficient amount of fabric for each element, one circle and one letter.  Fuse the wrong side of the fabric to the raised side of the interfacing Picnik collage Use a household item (I used my pin cushion) to draw a nice circle. For the letter I just freehanded on the backside of the interfaced fabric.  Just remember to draw in reverse! personalized polos 006 Clip about a 1/4” cut around the entire circle every 1/2” or so.  This will give the emblem a rugged look once washed Picnik collage2 Arrange your letter on the emblem and pin in place.   Stitch in a contrasting thread.  Don’t worry about being perfect…the more rugged, the better, right? personalized polos 012 Place your emblem on the left side of the shirt and stitch in place.  I loaded my bobbin and needle thread in different colors and played around with the tension so you could see both colors when sewn.  Sew this first circle pretty straight and don’t let the stitches go over any of the small cuts previously made on the circle personalized polos 014 Your second pass around the circle, you can get all wonky to make it deliberately crooked.

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Now my boys have are that much more prepared for starting school!  Yay!  I think I’ll do some with numbers now!

Stop on by Living with Punks anytime!  I’d love to have ya  :)
Thanks for having me over to play Andrea! 
No, thank YOU Susan! This is so fun!

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  1. says

    LOVE this! (not surprised since I love all living with punks stuff!). I love that it is a great monogram for a boy and not girlie. I don’t have girls so it is hard to find a good monogramed stuff for the boys. Going to do this tonight!!

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