How to make your own cycling jersey

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How to make your own cycling jersey
Create unique designs but making your own cycling jersey at home (Mat Honan: Flickr)

As the sport of cycling ages, new designs and materials used for making jerseys has made cyclists more aerodynamic and comfortable. For those who are adept at sewing and want to make a unique design, sewing your own cycling jersey can be a fun, rewarding activity. Making a cycling jersey at home will probably only save you a few dollars off of a professionally made one, so the freedom of wearing your original design is the real reward.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • 1 yard fabric (ideally wicking Lycra)
  • 1 spool thread
  • Sewing machine
  • Cycling jersey pattern
  • Patches (optional)

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    Create a mockup of your intended design; make colour drawings of exactly what you want your cycling jersey to look like.

  2. 2

    Purchase a cycling jersey pattern and 1 yard of your desired material; wicking Lycra is the most comfortable and stretchable. Several web sites offer patterns and fabric.

  3. 3

    Gather all supplies at the sewing machine. Double-check instructions included with patterns to ensure you have all materials needed.


  1. 1

    Following the instructions included with the pattern cut the fabric according to the specifications. If you would like different colours, use a separate swath of fabric and cut one of the pieces from this.

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    Sew the pieces together, paying close attention to the armholes to ensure a tight fit. Add any patches or decoration you wish at this point.

  3. 3

    Double-check the jersey for any gaps or puckering in the seams and repair them. Try on the new jersey to ensure proper fit.

Tips and warnings

  • Use an extra strong thread to keep the seams securely fastened
  • Although sewing skills are not necessary, knowing a bit about sewing clothes from patterns can help you make a snugly fitting jersey

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