You can customize baseball jerseys with a bit of creativity, computer graphics files, a vendor to print and deliver the shirts, and time to follow the project through. Designing can be done online, using a jersey template to mix and match colors, graphics, fonts and designs. Internet sites offer designs used by professional and college teams, as well as a broader picture of the many styles and graphics available from suppliers of baseball jerseys.
1. Select shirt styles, colors and sizes. Decide whether you want a jersey that resembles a conventional baseball uniform, a historic style or the pullover style used in softball. Most vendors have templates online with which you can mix and match colors and designs. Another option is to download and print a jersey template for sketching your ideas by hand.
2. Design the jersey front. Pick the lettering font for the team name. Determine where to position the name. You could place it across the chest in a straight, arched or ascending/descending pattern. You might also consider a smaller pattern over the left breast. Some teams include the player’s number on the front, usually in the lower left or right area of the jersey.
3. Add artwork. Pictures, graphics of a mascot, or logos could be placed on one or both sleeves slightly below the shoulder.
4. Add stripes, piping or trim. Some jerseys have the pinstripe look. Otherwise, consider piping, a thin line in a team color that usually circles the collar and travels down the middle front of the jersey along the buttons. Trim can be added around the ends of sleeves.
5. Design the jersey back. Add names and numbers. Determine the font and size for each. Names can be straight or arched. Add the letters individually (by stitching, hot press or silk-screening). Another option is to stitch the lettering to a fabric strip that matches the uniform color and then attaching the strip to the jersey. Determine whether you want names and numbers outlined or shadowed in another color.