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Super Bowl Craft Idea: Make a no-sew DIY football shirt for kids

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

Make a cute and easy DIY football shirt for kids for your little Super Bowl fan — no sewing required! All you need for this no-sew football t-shirt or onesie for baby 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

Easy no-sew DIY football shirt for kids

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.

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

Oh, and a little fire too.

How to use fire to keep grosgrain ribbon from unraveling

Cute kids football t-shirt for the Super Bowl

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 DIY football shirt. Touchdown!!

How to make a no-sew football t-shirt or football onesie free DIY tutorial for the Super Bowl and football season #diy #football #superbowl #kidscrafts Happy baby in a handmade football t-shirt Baby football t-shirt - no sewing needed!

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Supplies for making a no-sew DIY football shirt for kids (or football onesie) for the Super Bowl:

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How to make a no-sew DIY football shirt for kids (or football onesie):

Gather your brown kids long-sleeve t-shirt or brown short-sleeve baby onesie or brown long-sleeve baby onesie, plus white 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon and iron-on fusible web. Alternatively, you can use fabric glue to make your kid’s DIY football t-shirt.

Supplies to make a DIY football t-shirt for baby and toddlers



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 white 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon for the lacings…

Cutting grosgrain ribbon to make a DIY kids' football t-shirt



…and one 7″ piece of 3/8″ white grosgrain ribbon for the middle.

Cutting grosgrain ribbon to make a DIY kids' football t-shirt

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

How to use a candle to keep grosgrain ribbon from raveling when making a DIY kids football t-shirt

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.

How to use a candle to keep grosgrain ribbon from raveling when making a DIY kids football t-shirt

Roll out your iron-on fusible web on a self-healing cutting mat. Cut four 2″ pieces and one 7″ piece. Or you can use fabric glue.

Use iron-on fusible web to adhere grosgrain ribbon to a DIY football t-shirt



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

Use iron-on fusible web to adhere grosgrain ribbon to a DIY football t-shirt

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

Iron t-shirt to make a DIY football t-shirt for kids - no sewing required

Iron the t-shirt flat.

Iron t-shirt to make a DIY football t-shirt for kids - no sewing required

Center the 7″ piece of iron-on fusible web onto the t-shirt.

Make a DIY football t-shirt for the Super Bowl using iron-on web and grosgrain ribbon - no sewing required

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

Make a DIY football t-shirt for the Super Bowl using iron-on web and grosgrain ribbon - no sewing required

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.

Make a DIY football t-shirt or onesie for baby

Now place a 2″ piece of iron-on fusible web on the top of the 7″ ribbon.

Make a DIY football t-shirt or onesie for baby

I overlapped the iron-on fusible web about 1/2 way to cover up the end.

Make a DIY football t-shirt or onesie for baby - all you need is an iron

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.

Make a DIY football t-shirt or onesie for baby - all you need is an iron

It’s all done. Iron-on 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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