Framing hockey jerseys differs from framing jerseys used in other sports because they are thicker and have longer sleeves. But with a little ingenuity and information, a novice can frame a hockey jersey that looks good enough to hang in a memorabilia store.
Find or purchase a picture frame that is twice as deep as your hockey jersey. A frame that is 2 inches deep will work. The sleeves will be folded in front of the jersey's back side increasing its thickness.
Purchase a piece of mat board that is big enough to cover the jersey. A piece one-eighth or three-sixteenths-inch thick will work well. Use a box cutter to cut the mat board so it is wide enough to stretch the jersey flat when placed inside.
Cut the mat board to the length of the jersey, remembering that the board will be placed inside the jersey to help it lay flat inside the frame. The board should be long enough to support the entire jersey from shoulders to hem without being exposed on the bottom.
Use the box cutter to round the corners of the board that will fit in the shoulder areas of the jersey. This makes the jersey look like it is being worn and give the jersey natural-looking shoulders.
Turn the jersey so the back side is facing upward. This is the side that will be displayed as it shows the player's number and name.
Fold the sleeves of the jersey so they are flat and are visible with the name and number being displayed. The angle of the sleeves is really up to the person framing it, but in many framed hockey jersey the sleeves are parallel to the length of the torso.
Use sewing pins to pin the jersey and sleeves down to the mat board so it will maintain its form when placed in the frame. Pins usually are placed near the top on the shoulders, the bottom of the torso and the bottoms of the sleeves. Make sure the pins are placed inside the jersey so they are not seen.
Place the mat board inside the frame. If the frame is big enough to house the jersey, you should be able to place it in the frame and replace the glass without any problems. The finished jersey will lay flat and not move around inside the frame.
- When getting a jersey autographed for framing, it is ideal to get the back of it autographed in an area that will be clearly visible after it is framed.
- Do not overstretch the jersey with the mat board. It should be wide and long enough to make the jersey rigid when flat but not damage the fabric.