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Create a T-Shirt Blanket from Old Sports Jerseys

February 23, 2021 4 min read

Sports jerseys have tons of meaning and memories for many people. Whether that's the old college team you played for or the national clubs you support – everyone has a team they love! If you have tons of sports jerseys lying around or sitting in a drawer, you could bring these memories back to life and create a sports jersey blanket. 


Sports jersey blankets are quite simple to make and can be created by seasoned machinists or those new to the craft. They take a few hours to put together, and the main task is often choosing the best t-shirts to go into your sports jersey blanket. There are many t shirt blanket ideas to check out, including uniformed panel designs and assorted panels similar to a jigsaw-style blanket. If you need a hand with your ideas, you can also send your sports jerseys to be turned into a sports jersey blanket by a t-shirt blanket company


Sewing a sports jersey blanket is a great gift idea. If you want to really personalize it, getting crafty and making it for a loved one is a perfect surprise. So if you want to put your ideas into practice, take a look at our short guide on making a sports jersey blanket. 


Equipment and tools to make a blanket:


  • Measuring tape 
  • Ironing board and iron
  • Scissors
  • Rotary cutter and cutting mat
  • Sewing machine 
  • Pins


Materials needed to make a sports jersey blanket: 


  • Motorcycle t-shirts
  • Fusible interfacing
  • Thread 
  • Backing cotton fabric 
  • Batting and binding 

How to construct a sports jersey blanket

Gather your t shirt blanket ideas 


The first and possibly the most exciting step when making a sports jersey blanket are collating all your ideas together. Whether you're making a football, basketball, or baseball blanket, decide on the style and design, including how big it will be. In this step, you can also choose between making a uniformed panel blanket or having assorted sizes to mix it up. Checkerboard style blankets are easier and quicker to make, so they are suitable for anyone starting out. Depending on your blanket's size, you may also need to buy extra fabric to fill the gaps. 

Cut out the front panel of the jerseys


When you have all the jerseys you need for the blanket, cut the front panel out of each. Starting at the neck cout across the shoulder seams in a straight line out to the sleeve end. Then starting on the bottom of the sleeve seam cut along the seam and down the side seams. You should have a front and back profile to use a side of your choice or both side if you want both sides included in your blanket.

Arrange the panels 


Before trimming everything down to size:

  1. Lay out the panels and get the final ideas for your blanket.
  2. If there are any gaps, cut the extra fabric to size to fill them.
  3. Remember to leave a ½ inch seam allowance. 

Trim the panels to size 


Once you have the desired size, trim the panels to fit this. The shirt blocks should have a seam allowance, as mentioned before. Trim the panels with a rotary tool for ease. 

Fuse the interfacing to the sports jerseys


Use the instructions to fuse the interfacing to the back of the jerseys. This will bond securely and then can be trimmed to size, not forgetting the seam allowance. 

Start sewing your sports jersey blanket


Once the above is completed, you can start the sewing process. Use a sewing machine if you have one, as it will be quicker and easier. However, you can sew by hand too. Before placing in the machine, pin the panels together and stitch using the seam allowance section. Press the seam open and then join the rows.


Once it's sewn up, cut the batting and backing fabric to fit the blocks. The raw edges can also be completed using the binding material. 

The completed sports jersey blanket


Once the above is complete, you have a finished and fantastic sports jersey blanket to keep for yourself or a gift to a loved one. 

Top tips for crafting a blanket from old t-shirts


The process of making a t-shirt blanket is relatively straightforward and should only take a few hours once you get to grips with the design. For those that need a little extra helping hand, we have some top tips to make the process super simple. 

The best size


The size of your blanket is a personal preference, but to make a good-sized throw blanket, try and create a 12 or 16 block design. The size is also dependent on the size of the panels and can be personalized or added to overtime. Also, consider the size if you opt for a jigsaw style t-shirt blanket as you may require more panels to make a similar size to a checkerboard design. 

Practice your skills


While the technique of making a blanket is quite simple, it can be daunting to a new crafter. So before you get stuck into cutting up your best t-shirts, practice on some old ones first. This will help you get an idea of the methods to use and any snags that may happen along the way. 

Choose good materials 


To ensure the longevity and quality of your t-shirt blanket, choose materials that wash well and sew together well. Avoid fabrics such as polyester as it tends to shrink and bunch up in the wash. It's can also poke through the backing material used for the batting. 

Use a ballpoint needle


This type of needle is typically used in knitting but can be useful for sewing t-shirt blankets. It helps reduce snagging on the sewing machine and makes the process easier. 

Prewash the material


All your t-shirts will have been washed numerous times, but any new fabric could shrink in the first wash. When choosing material for your batting and backing, ensure it is prewashed to avoid shrinkage and color fade. 

Create your sports jersey blanket


This handy guide is a great starting point to help you get started on your sports jersey blanket. There are tons of ideas to explore, and it's an ideal way to make your old t-shirts into something fresh and new. 

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