Friday, October 2, 2015

Polo Makeover and Little Fixes by Disney Powless

Recently I picked up a book by Disney Powless called Little Fixes and rocked one of my old polo shirts with one of the chapters!  A little fabric and a few simple stitches and you have something new to wear....I figured this one was headed to the thrift store so why not give it another life?  Little fixes is filled with super cute projects that will easily extend the life of your child's clothes.  Even if your sewing skills are limited, these projects are pretty easy to accomplish.
Have fun!  xoxo, Mark
Chubby cheeks strikes again!

See how to make this here!
Old Polo shirt
1 yard striped knit
Fabric pencil
Sewing machine
Matching thread
 1. Cut the bands off of the sleeves of the polo.
2. Fold an 18" x 22" piece of fabric in half lengthwise.
3. Place the folded fabric under the polo sleeve so that the sleeve overlaps by 1".
4. Measure from your shoulder to your wrist.
5. Using that measurement, measure from the shoulder of the polo to the wrist 
(on the fabric) and mark.
6. Draw your sleeve extension pattern on the folded fabric adding 1/2" all the way
down for seam allowance.
7. Fold another piece of 18" x 22" fabric in half, place it under your drawn sleeve extension and then cut both at the same time.
8. Fold a 7" wide by (about 10" long) piece of fabric in half lengthwise and wrap it around your wrist.
9.  Add 1/2" and cut it out.  This will be your cuff. 
10.  Fold the 7" long ends together and stitch.
11.  Fold in half to create a tube and you have a cuff ready to be stitched on your sleeve.
*Stitch the other one
12.  Using 1/2" seam allowance, stitch along the length of your sleeve extension.
13.  Match the raw ends of the cuff to the wrist of the sleeve extension and stitch together.
14. Turn the polo inside out and stuff the sleeve extension inside the sleeve, 
matching right sides together.
15. Pin and stitch around the sleeve, stretching the fabric as you sew.
16.  Create your pocket pattern, add an extra 1" along the top and cut in fabric.
17. Fold and zigzag the 1" extension of the pocket.
18. Pin the pocket on the shirt and zigzag around the edges to create the pocket.


  1. Replies
    1. Thanks Ciena! I had the flu when I took these photos and when I look at them, all I can think about is how awful I felt! The show must go on, right!

  2. Great idea, very inspirational!!

  3. I Love this and I am ADDICTED to your youtube channel! You are so creative and talented!!!!

    1. Thanks Darlene! I'm glad you found my blog, too! Have an awesome week and make sure to keep in touch, OK!