Little Linebacker Jersey Tutorial

Football season has begun. Make sure your kiddo can cheer on your favorite team in style!
Got a little cheerleader in your life instead? try either of these tutorials:
  
So our attempt at a group shot was less than successful, but you get the idea 🙂 And yes little miss is wearing her same outfit from last year- she only grows up not out it seems
Now back to the little linebacker. He means business…
actually I think he’s just trying really really hard not to fall over since he’s not even 5 months old yet
Let’s get started!

1. Grab a shirt that fits well or a little on the big side. You can use this to draft a pattern. Instead of starting from scratch I cut up a thrift store jersey and used my shirt as a guide for sizing it down. Make sure you add seam allowances and extra length for the hem (or use the original hem if you can).

2. I cut the sleeves out of the original jersey as well so I could keep the nice hem.
3. Now’s the fun part! Grab some scraps of knit fabric or felt and applique on name, number, logos, etc.
I did his name and a #1 on the back
And then added the Y logo to the front. The Nike swoosh was kept from the original jersey
On each sleeve I added 3 stripes
4. Now it’s time to reassemble! My jersey buttoned up the front so I kept the 2 top buttons and then sewed a solid panel across the bottom. Then I sewed the front and back together at the shoulder seams with right sides together.
5. Next with right sides together sew the sleeves back on
6. I then topstitched along the shoulder seam with my double needle.
7. Sew the front and back together along the inseam of the arm and the side seams. If you want side vents stop 1-2″ from the hem. Make sure you clip the seam allowance well at the underarm so it will lay flat when turned.
8. If you’re making side vents fold the seam allowance back towards the wrong side of the fabric and topstitch down.
The back of my jersey was a bit longer than the front which although was accidental worked out well 🙂
Go mighty cougars!

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