Customize your own jersey with fabric patches, or pay a tailor to do the job.
There are two basic ways to customize a sports jersey: buy the materials and do it yourself, or buy or send your jersey to a specialized tailoring shop for customization. This article explains both ways to get the jersey made to your specifications.
1. Buy iron-on patches and lettering from a crafts store or fabric shop. These are inexpensive and ideally suited for a child’s jersey, because the lettering is durable enough to last a season, and most children typically outgrow their jerseys year to year unless you buy a team jersey several sizes too large.
2. Align the patches and lettering on the shirt, then affix them to the fabric using a hot iron and following the manufacturer’s instructions.
3. Purchase durable cotton tackle-twill lettering and patches from a fabric or crafts store. These customizable elements are long-lasting and create a professional look on the jersey, but the do-it-yourselfer needs some experience with needle and thread, or a sewing machine.
4. Double-stitch the lettering and patches to the jersey for the cleanest, most professional look. The letters will also hold up better under the rigors of the playing field if they are double-stitched to the jersey.
5. Purchase a jersey online or at a bricks-and-mortar retail store, and pay for customization. This is by far the easiest way to get a customized sports jersey, though it is also the most expensive. Most online stores will customize a jersey bought elsewhere if you do not wish to buy directly from them.