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How to Make Hockey Jerseys

Find a photo of the jersey you want to make and use it as a guide in the creation of a real NHL jersey. There are several websites that have photos of NHL jerseys, including Mitchell & Ness, Chris Creamer's SportsLogos.net and Paul Lukas' Uni Watch blog. If you want to make something custom, non-NHL, create your own design but follow these steps.

Buy a jersey. You can find real blank jerseys from CCM, Bauer, Nike or others at hockey supply stores or you can use a baggy and loose long-sleeve T-shirt, a solid color long sleeve-raglan T-shirt, or a thin but loose sweatshirt.

Cut out pieces of paper in the form of numbers and the outline of the team's logo to use as stencils and place them on the would-be jersey to make sure all items will fit.

Use the stencil of the logo and draw the outline to the team's logo on team-colored felt (for a white jersey) or a white piece of felt (on the dark jersey). This will be the base of the logo. Next, cut out all subsequent colors of the logo and add each color as another layer to the base. For more information, see the tips section on how to create a logo. The logo should be no more than 12 inches long or wide.

Sew all pieces of the logo together with thread and needle. Use small stitches, approximately 1 cm in length.

Apply the iron-on backing to the logo. Iron-on backing has an adhesive on one side that allows it to be applied to anything you want. Then, when the other side is heated, the back melts and sticks to any fabric desired. Cut any excess iron-on backing from the logo's outline with a craft knife.

Draw and cut out three sets of numbers from the felt or fabric using an outline color and white (for dark colored jerseys) or one solid color (for white jerseys). The outline color should be approximately two centimeters wider than the white number on all sides to provide an adequate outline of the number. Two sets of the numbers should be exactly the same size and approximately 10 inches tall. These numbers will go on the sleeves. The final set of numbers should be 18 inches tall and these numbers go on the back.

Sew the numbers together.

Apply iron-on backing to the numbers and trim any excess backing.

Cut ribbon or T-shirt fabric to match the stripes or different colors found on the jersey. For example, some sleeves have solid colors from the forearm down and about 6 inches tall along the bottom of the jersey.

Sew the stripes onto the jersey.

Get out the iron and iron on all numbers to the jersey.

To add a last name, cut out all letters of the name, using two colors of felt (as you did with the numbers), sew the letters together and apply iron-on backing to each individual letter before ironing each letter onto the jersey.

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Tips

  • For a team like the Toronto Maple Leafs, simply cut out a blue maple leaf approximately 2 cm smaller on all sides and simply cut out letters to spell "Toronto Maple Leafs" and the logo is complete. Some logos will require more work and will need more than one color. For the Minnesota Wild logo, for example, cut out the colors you need in the shapes to match the logo. Once you have the base, or outline color, cut out a piece of red in the shape of the logo's outline, only two centimeters smaller on all sides. Next, cut out the yellow moon. Then place the moon on top of the red and use the moon as a stencil to cut out a piece of red felt in the moon's shape with an craft knife. Remove the red felt and put the moon in its place. Finally, cut out a piece of hunter green felt as shown in the picture, including the tree lines and lines over the moon. Finally, add a strip of felt cut out like the shooting star in the logo to add as the final layer. While this process is specific to the Minnesota Wild logo, the process can also be applied to several NHL teams with multicolor logos--just with different colors and different types of cuts.

Things Needed

  • Photo of the jersey you want to make
  • Solid color long-sleeve T-shirt, sweater or solid-color long-sleeve raglan T-shirt
  • Fabric or felt
  • Ribbon or T-shirt fabric
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Iron-on backing
  • Craft knife
  • Pencil

About the Author

Adam Crowson is a professional journalist with experience as a homeowner, parent and photographer. He has served as a copy editor and page designer at a daily newspaper since 2006, and previously worked as a reporter for a weekly newspaper. Crowson holds a Bachelor of Arts in mass communication.

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