Archive for September, 2016

Football Jersey Girl

September 23rd, 2016

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.

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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

September 23rd, 2016

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.

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  • 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

September 20th, 2016

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.

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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.