My 8-year-old son is playing football for the first time this year, and I wanted to show my team spirit by making a customized shirt with his team number that I can wear while I’m cheering him on. This easy DIY shirt can be customized with any team colors and numbers that you want, so it’s perfect for any football team that you’re rooting for – amateur, college or NFL! The best part is that it only took me about 20 minutes to make (not including drying time)!
What You’ll Need:
- Fabric Paint (or Acrylic Paint and Fabric Medium)
- Freezer Paper
- Heat Transfer Vinyl (optional)
- Cutting Machine or an Xacto Knife
Start by cutting the number from freezer paper to create a stencil (for more detailed instructions on freezer paper stenciling CLICK HERE). Use fabric paint (or a combination of acrylic paint and fabric medium) to fill in the stencil.
Tip: use a small paintbrush rather than a sponge or stencil brush, and start your stenciling by painting away from the edges and toward the center of your stencil design. Use the smallest amount of paint possible on your brush to avoid edge bleed. I paint all of the edges first, and then go back and filling in the larger areas. Peel off the paper as soon as you are finished painting.
To add the white football details, I used white heat transfer vinyl leftover from my DIY San Francisco 49ers shirt, but you can also use white fabric paint if you don’t happen to have vinyl scraps handy.
While you’re getting ready for a fun weekend full of football, check out some of these other awesome football ideas that are perfect for game-watching and tailgating!