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How to Make a Football T-Shirt

Updated April 17, 2017

T-shirts with team logos, player's name and numbers are prevalent among fans in the sport of football. Many people buy these T-shirts to show their support for their team or favourite player. Sports fans can create a football T-shirt with a few items from their local craft store. A sporting goods store is a good place to start when looking for the right shirt to personalise. Homemade football T-shirts are affordable and simple to work with and creating your own design can be fun.

Sketch the design you want for your football T-shirt on a piece of paper. You can choose either a long- or short-sleeve shirt to design, based on the climate in your area.

Choose the fabric you want to use. Cotton, polyester, or a mixed blend will work fine for this type of shirt. Figure out your visuals. Decide what type of images you want on the shirt. Numbers are popular, as are outlines of a football or a helmet. You can also draw a cartoon version of your favourite team's logo or other cartoon-type images that have a football theme.

Pick a base colour of fabric for your shirt. Try to find a colour that matches the team colours. You can also choose to buy a white shirt and hand-paint the designs onto it. The white shirt can also be used as a guide should you opt to sew your own shirt. If sewing your own, lay the white shirt out on a flat surface and look where you may want to place any logos or lettering. You can gain a better perspective on how the shirt will look once completed by using the white shirt as a guide.

Place a sewing pattern on the table and lay out the fabric you purchased. Connect the front and back of the material together with pins so you know where to place the stitching. Place the pattern into the sewing machine and sew the two pieces of fabric together using a double-stitch.

Sew around the outer edges so the material becomes one piece. You will not need to add a collar since this is a T-shirt. Place the logo on the area of the shirt as sketched in your design. Double-stitch the logo to the shirt.

Place the lettering on the shirt the same as in your design. Use a single needle and thread to attach the lettering then run the letters under the machine for a double-stitch.

Place the number you want on your shirt and attach it with the needle and thread. Place the numbers under the machine and sew on another double-stitch.

You can add the hem to the bottom of the shirt by folding the material under and stitching it in place. Follow the pattern all the way around the shirt until completed.

Things You'll Need

  • T-shirt
  • Decals
  • Letters
  • Numbers
  • Sewing machine
  • Needle
  • Thread
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About the Author

Rod Myers began writing in 1995 at the "Houston Post." He's also written for the "Houston Chronicle" and was the sports editor for the "LV Tribune." Myers studied hotel/ restaurant management and business management at the University of Houston.