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Super Bowl Craft Idea: How to make a DIY football t-shirt or football onesie

Make a cute football t-shirt or onesie for your little Super Bowl fan — no sewing required!

Super Bowl Craft Idea: How to make a DIY football t-shirt or football onesie

There are a lot of sewn and screenprinted versions out there (including my favorite, a Sports Illustrated screenprinted t-shirt fashion design project) but it’s easy to whip up your own without any sewing. All you need for this no-sew football t-shirt is a t-shirt, ribbon, and some fusible webbing to iron it all together.

Super Bowl Craft Idea: How to make a DIY football t-shirt or football onesie

Oh, and a little fire too.

Super Bowl Craft Idea: How to make a DIY football t-shirt or football onesie

I’ll say it: I could care less about the teams in this year’s Super Bowl so come Sunday, I’ll be all about the food, the commercials, and my cute little future football player in his no-sew ribbon football t-shirt. Touchdown!!

Super Bowl Craft Idea: How to make a DIY football t-shirt or football onesie

WANNA MAKE IT? Free step-by-step tutorial and supply list for making a no-sew football t-shirt or onesie craft idea for the Super Bowl –>

Super Bowl Craft Idea: How to make a DIY no-sew football t-shirt or football onesie Super Bowl Craft Idea: How to make a DIY no-sew football t-shirt or football onesie Super Bowl Craft Idea: How to make a DIY no-sew football t-shirt or football onesie
Super Bowl Craft Idea: How to make a DIY no-sew football t-shirt or football onesie Super Bowl Craft Idea: How to make a DIY no-sew football t-shirt or football onesie Super Bowl Craft Idea: How to make a DIY no-sew football t-shirt or football onesie


Supplies for making a no-sew football t-shirt or onesie for the Super Bowl:

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How to make a no-sew football t-shirt or onesie:

Gather your brown t-shirt, grosgrain ribbon and fusible webbing.

Super Bowl Craft Idea: How to make a DIY football t-shirt or football onesie

I’ve actually never used fusible webbing before. This package has been sitting in my craft closet for a long time. Let’s open her up, yes?

Super Bowl Craft Idea: How to make a DIY football t-shirt or football onesie

Decide how long you’d like your football lacings to be based on your chosen t-shirt size. I made a 12 month – 18 month t-shirt for Liam, so I cut eight 2″ pieces of grosgrain ribbon for the lacings…

Super Bowl Craft Idea: How to make a DIY football t-shirt or football onesie

…and one 7″ piece of grosgrain ribbon for the middle.

Super Bowl Craft Idea: How to make a DIY football t-shirt or football onesie

You’ll use a lighter to seal the edges of your ribbon so they won’t fray.

Super Bowl Craft Idea: How to make a DIY football t-shirt or football onesie

Light a candle because the lighter will get hot to hold. Lightly pass a ribbon end *near* but not *in* the candle flame. You want the edge to barely melt …if you hold it too close to the flame for too long it will shorten the lacing too much and you’ll need to start again with a fresh piece. How do I know this? Well, let’s just say I went through a few lacings before I got it down.

Super Bowl Craft Idea: How to make a DIY football t-shirt or football onesie

Line up your lacings to make sure they’re still the same length compared to one another. Re-do any lacings that ended up being too short. And don’t forget to seal the 7″ ribbon too.

Super Bowl Craft Idea: How to make a DIY football t-shirt or football onesie

Roll out your fusible webbing on a self-healing cutting mat. Cut four 2″ pieces and one 7″ piece.

Super Bowl Craft Idea: How to make a DIY football t-shirt or football onesie

Slice them in half lengthwise using a fabric rotary cutter, clear plastic ruler and self-healing mat.

Super Bowl Craft Idea: How to make a DIY football t-shirt or football onesie

Place your t-shirt onto your ironing board. Slip a piece of cardboard between the t-shirt layers.

Super Bowl Craft Idea: How to make a DIY football t-shirt or football onesie

Iron the t-shirt flat.

Super Bowl Craft Idea: How to make a DIY football t-shirt or football onesie

Center the 7″ piece of fusible webbing onto the t-shirt.

Super Bowl Craft Idea: How to make a DIY football t-shirt or football onesie

And carefully lay the 7″ piece of grosgrain ribbon on top, making sure that it totally covers up the fusible webbing.

Super Bowl Craft Idea: How to make a DIY football t-shirt or football onesie

Very carefully place a pressing cloth on top making sure not to move the ribbon or webbing. Following the package directions, with a steam-iron set to the Wool setting, place the iron on top and let it sit for 10 seconds. Don’t move the iron around …when it’s time to move it, pick it up and place it back down again rather than slide it.

Super Bowl Craft Idea: How to make a DIY football t-shirt or football onesie

Now place a 2″ piece of fusible webbing on the top of the 7″ ribbon.

Super Bowl Craft Idea: How to make a DIY football t-shirt or football onesie

I overlapped the webbing about 1/2 way to cover up the end.

Super Bowl Craft Idea: How to make a DIY football t-shirt or football onesie

Again, put a press cloth down carefully so as not to move the webbing and ribbon and hold for 10 seconds. Repeat on the other end of the 7″ piece.

Super Bowl Craft Idea: How to make a DIY football t-shirt or football onesie

Line up the rest of the lacings evenly spaced between the two ends. Lift up each one and repeat the process until all lacings are adhered.

Super Bowl Craft Idea: How to make a DIY football t-shirt or football onesie

Remove the cardboard piece, turn the t-shirt over and place face-down on top of the pressing cloth, and steam press for 10 seconds.

Super Bowl Craft Idea: How to make a DIY football t-shirt or football onesie

It’s all done. Fusible webbing is supposed to wash well in the washing machine but I recommend washing it inside out on delicate cycle and hanging dry just in case.

Super Bowl Craft Idea: How to make a DIY football t-shirt or football onesie

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