Football Player Costume
By: Mia Cronan
Age: 3 and up
Parental supervision is recommended
You'll have an all-star player football costume as fast as you can say "hut, hut, hike!" Simple pieces of clothing and some fancy stick-on embellishment will make him (or her) ready for game day.
What you'll need:
- Grey sweatpants
- Large, plain white T-shirt
- Athletic socks
- Black electrical tape
- Thick fabric scraps in a contrasting color (for jersey numbers)
- Craft batting
- Black eyeliner
- Helmet (borrowed or cheap store-bought)
- Wristbands (optional)
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
How to make it:
- Place a strip of black electrical down both sides (outside) of the pants (see image).
- Wrap both sleeves with two stripes of electrical tape, easing it into place as you hold the sleeve flat and then turn it over. [Image of sleeves w/ stripes.]
- Cut out a number of your choice from the contrasting fabric scrap and hot glue to the front of the "jersey," placing a sheet of paper or cardboard between the front and back of shirt (see image).
- When dressing your child, push the sweatpants up a bit, or stretch the athletic socks over the pants leg, to create a padded look.
- Use the batting cut as desired to form "pads" under the shoulders of the shirt. It may be necessary to pin or stitch in place (see image).
- Add black sneakers, wristbands, the helmet, and of course, the football!
- Complete the look by using the black make-up, smudge thick lines under your football player's eyes, to create that ready-to-play look.
- We used black velvet for the jersey numbers, and it worked very well.
- You may want to add numbers to the jersey's sleeves, using a permanent marker.
- Quilt batting made great shoulder pads.
Mia Cronan is a craft freelancer and mother of five based in Ohio.