March 21, 2011

Sports Jersey Insulated Beverage Holders

My son has his first spring soccer game this weekend, so I thought it would be fitting to share these sports-themed drink holders with y’all today. I originally created these for the Game Day challenge at So You Think You’re Crafty, which happened to coincide with the Super Bowl. Although these little guys are pictured here with a football, I think they would be perfect for just about any sport!
I created these with 12-ounce beverage cans or bottles in mind (I posed these with a bottle of Izze to show the fit), but they also perfectly accommodate water bottles – or even sippy cups! Wouldn’t your little one be thrilled for you to make some of these for his or her teammates before their next big game? Water break was never so much fun!

For this project, you will need…

Foam insulating material (the same that mouse pads are made out of), found in the utility fabric section of some sewing stores
Felt (2 different colors)
Pinking shears
Marine vinyl
Wash Away Wonder Tape
Leather sewing machine needle
Tissue paper
Coordinating thread
Basic sewing supplies: machine, shears, etc.
Prep Work
Cut out all of your pieces. For each holder, you will need:
2 felt body pieces
2 foam pieces
1 circle patch from contrasting felt, cut out with pinking shears
1 2.5-inch number (use your word processing software to create a template using a font you like), cut from marine vinyl
Note: All seam allowances are 1/4″.
step 1 / Center your vinyl number piece on top of your circle patch and secure it with Wash Away Wonder Tape. Outfit you machine with your leather needle. Place a small piece of tissue on top of your number (this will prevent your foot from sticking to the vinyl as you sew), and carefully stitch all the way around the outer edge of your your number. Tear away the tissue, using tweezers to remove any tiny pieces of tissue that remain. Center your patch piece on one of your felt body pieces, and pin it into place. Edgestitch around the outer edge of your patch to affix it to you body piece.
step 2 / Place a foam body piece behind your felt body piece, so that the wrong side of your felt piece is touching the foam and all sides are lined up. Edgestitch along the V of the neck opening, and then along each sleeve. Edgestitch along the bottom edge, as well. Repeat with your other foam and felt body pieces.
step 3 / Place your stitched felt/foam pieces together, right (felt) sides facing, so that all edges are precisely aligned. Now, stitch through all layers at the shoulders and along the side seams. (See the photo below.) Turn your jersey right-side out.

You are finished!

I hope everyone’s week is off to a great start!

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12 Responses to Sports Jersey Insulated Beverage Holders

  1. Erica {B is for Boy} March 21, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    these are seriously so cool! they’d be perfect for my teenage nephew- always hard finding gift ideas for boys!

  2. casserole March 22, 2011 at 2:09 pm #

    These are sooo awesome! I linked to your tutorial on Craft Gossip Sewing:
    http://sewing.craftgossip.com/tutorial-sports-jersey-insulated-beverage-holders/2011/03/22/

    –Anne

  3. Alison@Oopsey Daisy March 22, 2011 at 8:39 pm #

    Wow, Amy, are you serious?! These are so stinkin’ cute!! Don’t know if I could pull them off, but well done!! LOVE LOVE LOVE!

  4. Sawdust and Paperscraps March 23, 2011 at 3:33 pm #

    OH my Gdness! Those are awesome!

  5. A Nest in the Making April 28, 2011 at 8:27 pm #

    How adorable! I LOVE this!

  6. Miss Sews-it-all May 4, 2011 at 1:26 pm #

    This project is so cool! We want to share it with other sewers and quilters by featuring a link on http://www.WeAllSew.com! We’ll be featuring your project at the “Free Stuff” page all next week. Please let me know if you have any questions about being featured at WeAllSew.com. Thanks so much-Erika

  7. Amy x February 4, 2013 at 6:42 am #

    Fantastic idea! Love how universal it is. Will be following you for sure! I havealso just featured this in my latest post, would love if you could check it out.
    http://babiesbuttonsandbows.blogspot.com

    Amy x

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