Football Jersey Girl

It can be frustrating for women to purchase an article of clothing and find it only comes in men’s sizes. Amend this situation by making your own alterations to garments. Cut a football jersey into a style that is flattering for girls and women. This craft allows you to practice and improve your sewing skills, which you can then apply to other oversized clothing items, from T-shirts to jeans.


Spread your football jersey on a flat work surface. Straighten it to eliminate creases and wrinkles.

Position a T-shirt that already fits you well on top of the jersey. You will use this shirt as a model to cut the jersey into a flattering shape and size.

Cut along the jersey 1 inch from both sides of the T-shirt. The extra inch on each side will provide space for you to add a new hem.

Remove the model T-shirt from the jersey and turn the jersey inside out. Align the cut edges of the shirt on both sides and secure them with pins.

Sew the edges of the shirt together using a needle and thread or a sewing machine. This will give the shirt a slim, flattering fit, which will be suited to your unique body shape since you have modeled the jersey after a shirt that already fits you well.

Remove the pins. Trim loose strings and turn the newly altered jersey right side out.

Jersey Purses

A sports jersey purse is the ultimate way to show loyalty to your favorite sports team. They’re available for only the most popular sports teams, so for most local teams, the only way to get one is to make it yourself. Besides, only a homemade jersey purse will be one of a kind. It’s the perfect use for an extra, outgrown or-out-of season jersey. Even a child’s jersey works for this, as most purse patterns do not require much material. Just be sure to wash those sweat stains out first.


  • Sports jersey
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Purse pattern
  • White sewing pencil
  • Thick lining fabric
  • Zipper (optional)
  • Purse straps (optional)

Choose your purse pattern based on what shape of purse you’d like to make. The simplest type is a tote bag, which requires no zippers, buttons or straps. With a tote, you can make your own straps out of extra pieces of the jersey. Other types of purses, such as a holster bag, a handbag or a clutch, require more skill and extra pieces, such as zippers or straps. Either way, the best way to show off your jersey is to pick a small bag that has two sides (as opposed to a round, slouchy hobo bag). There are a number of free, printable purse patterns available online.

Prepare your jersey. If it is a baseball jersey, you need to sew the button-up area shut to prevent bunching. Button the shirt, iron out any wrinkles and make a straight stitch up the outside edge of the buttons using a matching thread.

Trace your pattern pieces using the white pencil onto your jersey. The most important pieces, the front and back of the purse, should be the chest and back area of the jersey in order to show off the number and logo. If you’re making a tote bag without a pattern, you can simply cut matching rectangles out of the front and back of the jersey. You can cut the front and back at the same time if you can line up the fabric and feel confident in your cutting abilities.

Cut a corresponding piece for each piece of your purse out of the thick lining material. Most jerseys are not strong enough to hold the shape of a purse on their own and need lining in order to maintain their shape for use. Vinyl, heavy felt or fabric that’s simply called “lining fabric” works for this.

Pin your lining fabric pieces to their corresponding pieces of jersey and assemble the purse according to your pattern. If you’re making a tote bag with no pattern, simply pin the two rectangles together, lining side facing out, jersey side facing in. Sew the sides and bottom shut leaving the top open. Flip the bag inside out, using scissors to fully extend the bottom corners. Pin and sew a hem across the top of your bag to hide the jagged edge. Cut two straps out of long rectangular strips to your preferred length. Sew each end of them to each side of your bag, along the hem.

Reattaching Plastic Lettering to a Jersey

Jerseys are treasured keepsakes. They are a way to show appreciation for a favorite sports team or a hometown. The problem is that the plastic lettering often starts coming off after several washes. If the jersey is kept for a long period of time, it becomes a choice between a smelly jersey or one with no letters. Fortunately, it’s possible to reattach the letters.


Wash the shirt on a delicate cycle to make sure it’s clean to start with. It should then be thoroughly dried. Putting it in the dryer may make the letter problem become worse, so air drying is best for a jersey with plastic letters.

Put the jersey down on a hard surface, such as an ironing board. Smooth the letters over the area where they were once attached.

Use an iron that does not use steam or switch off the steam option. The iron should be set to maximum heat.

Place a thin towel or a piece of paper on top of the number. Once the iron has heated up, begin ironing the letter through the towel or paper. Iron the outside portions of the letters, not the middle. Placing too much of the iron on the letters can damage the letters and the fabric.

Work with only the very edges of the iron or you will risk melting the letter.

Go around the edges of each letter that has come loose until they properly reattach to the fabric. If one letter does not reattach right away, try a longer ironing time.

Hang the jersey up to allow all the letters to properly cool before wearing it again or putting it away.

Size Authentic NFL Football Jerseys

The National Football League officially licenses three kinds of jerseys for fans to purchase: replica, premier and authentic. NFL authentic jerseys are made to the specifications of those worn on the field by NFL players. Since NFL players wear padding and other equipment under their jerseys, the authentic jerseys made available to fans are not exact replicas. They are, however, made with the same quality specifications and design techniques as actual player jerseys.

Choose the vendor you which to purchase your jersey from. NFL authentic jerseys are available through multiple online vendors and retail locations. To ensure authenticity, quality and appropriate sizing, NFL Shop – the league’s official online retailer – is widely considered as the premier online location to purchase NFL authentic jerseys. Sizes are uniform and do not vary from team to team. Women’s sizes differ from men’s sizes.

Take your measurements. Measure your chest size with a fabric tape measure under the armpits, around the fullest part of your chest. Acquire your body length by measuring a straight line from the bottom of your neck to where you want the garment to fall on your waist.

Based on your measurements, determine your optimal jersey size using the chart below for men’s sizes:

Small jersey: Chest 45″ (Length: 41)

Medium: Chest 47″ (Length: 32)

Large: Chest 49″ (Length: 33)

X-Large: Chest 51″ (Length: 34)

XX-Large: Chest 53″ (Length: 35)

3X-Large: Chest 57″ (Length: 36)

4X-Large: Chest 61″ (Length: 37)

5X-Large: Chest 65″ (Length: 39)

Since this chart is based on body measurements, not clothing measurements, choose an approximate size up from your actual measurement for a looser fitting jersey and a size down for a closer fit.

For women’s jersey sizes, use this chart:

Women’s size 2-4: Small jersey

Size 6-8: Medium

Size 10-12: Large

Size: 14-6: X-Large

Size: 18-20: 2X-Large

Size: 22-24: 3X-Large

Size: 24-26: 4X-Large

According to, women’s jerseys have a slender cut. Order one size up if you like to wear your jersey loose.

Stretching a Football Jersey

It’s Monday evening. After a hectic day of work you receive a telephone call from your son’s football coach about his jersey, and you drop by his office and pick up his medium-size jersey. After throwing it in your car you rush home to make dinner for the family. Before bed, as an afterthought, you have him try it on. Oh no, it’s too small! There’s no way your son and his huge shoulder pads will fit in there together and his first game is tomorrow night.

This is a scenario that has happened to many. While it might be possible to ask for another jersey, there are times this may not be an option. The best option may be stretching the jersey yourself. While this may seem like a difficult task, with a little know-how it can be done fairly easily.

Fill the washing machine, the storage or bath tub, or other container with water. Cold water is best for this process.

Immerse the jersey in the water, letting it remain until thoroughly soaked and the fibers are loosened. This should take about about 10 minutes.

Remove the jersey from the water and ring it out by hand to remove much of the excess water. However, make sure it is still sopping wet. The more saturated the fibers, the easier it will be for the fabric to expand.

Place the bottom of the jersey around the back of the wide-backed chair and gently work it down over it until it’s as far as it can go. It is important to do this gently so that the fabric only stretches and is not
damaged by stretching it too fast.

Rotate the jersey around the chair back repeatedly and at regular intervals. This action should be continued until the jersey is dry. This is to ensure that even stretching occurs. You don’t want the jersey to be bigger in the stomach but still too narrow at the sides, or vice versa.

No Names on Jerseys in College Football

Many colleges put their football players’ surnames on the back of their jerseys to identify the players. But some well-known colleges have chosen not to identify their football players by name on their jerseys. They make this choice for a variety of reasons.


According to ESPN, the idea of placing names on the back of jerseys originally came from Bill Veeck, the owner of baseball’s Chicago White Sox. Vendors of scorecards protested, but the names were not visible from the grandstand; the purpose was to allow television viewers to identify the players. Some teams in the American Football League picked up on Veeck’s idea and began placing names on the back of their players’ jerseys in 1960, but the National Football League did not adopt the practice until 1970. It’s unknown when college football largely moved to jersey names. Some colleges, such as USC, Notre Dame and Penn State, still don’t have them.


Football, of course, is a team sport, not an individual sport. Each player has a position and a role. If the players don’t work together, the whole team suffers. Some college coaches believe that placing player names on jerseys will make the players forget that they play on a team. No NCAA regulation requires that names appear on the back of football jerseys. The decision is up to the college, but most college athletic directors leave the decision to the coaches. Notre Dame coaches Ara Parseghian, Charlie Weis and Brian Kelly allowed the jersey names during bowl games, but not during the regular season.


One probable reason for omitting jersey names is tradition. The custom did not begin with college teams, and some colleges, such as Notre Dame and Penn State, want to keep the traditions of the past alive. Notre Dame did adopt jersey names during the 1987 football season, but then reversed the decision. Most Division I colleges have their players’ names on their jerseys.


Most Division I colleges have a football budget that enables them to replace jerseys regularly, but many smaller colleges use the same uniforms for several years before purchasing new ones. These smaller colleges cannot afford to change the names on the jerseys each year. Adding and removing names repeatedly makes the uniform deteriorate more quickly.