[Editor's Note: Here's yet another DIY story, this time from reader Josh Jarmon, who created a very different kind of homemade project than the ones we've previously seen. -- PL]
By Josh Jarmon
This past fall, my baseball team, the Dallas Colt .45s, ended up winning our amateur league championship. To honor the occasion, I decided to make up some felt pennants for the whole team.
Most standard pennants are 30″ x 12″ x 30″, but I decided to make my pennants smaller — 19″ x 9″ x 19″. Cost was the primary factor here, because I was planning on making 20-plus of these, so I didn’t want this project to end up costing a ton.
Once I settled on a design, I consulted with my mother, who’s great at creating random things of this nature — plus it just so happened that I’d gotten her one of these for Christmas. These machines are mainly used by people who do scrapbooking or other arts and crafts stuff. They can cut out different styles of letters, numbers, or graphics. I realize that this was a huge shortcut, but the results were worth it.
We went to a local fabric store and got three yards of navy blue felt for the pennants themselves, one yard of orange broadcloth for the lettering (I had hoped to use felt letters but we realized that would be too thick for the machine to cut), half a yard of orange felt for the binding and ribbons (that’s the trim that goes on the end of a pennant), and one yard of heavy heat-and-bond backing to adhere the broadcloth letters to the felt.
With all of the materials gathered, we ironed the heat-and-bond backing onto the broadcloth and used the machine to cut out the letters to our specified sizes. Next, we cut out the pennant-shaped triangles from the navy felt. After that, we cut out thin strips from the orange felt for the binding and ribbons. Each binding strip was about half an inch wide and nine inches long; the ribbons were half an inch wide, six inches long.
Now that all of the pieces were cut and ready to go, I used a sewing machine that is capable of doing minor embroidery to sew in “Fall 2008 Champs” on the end of each pennant. We did this before applying the other lettering, so we could adjust as needed in case it got a little off-center. After carefully ironing on the letters, we attached the binding and ribbons. The ribbons were folded under the binding as it was sewn to the pennant. Then, on the back side of each pennant, we ironed on another strip of broadcloth, which we numbered and signed.
The total cost for 28 pennants was around $35. If you only wanted to make a few, it could be done for much less. I think the end results were pretty good.
And as long as we’re at it…: Paul here. As long as we’re talking DIY, here are few additional projects that have recently been submitted:
• From Tim Forster: “About four years ago, during a summer break from college, I set out to make a coffee table patterned after the Cleveland Cavaliers’ court back from the Richfield Coliseum days. I always loved that ’80s Cavs logo and color scheme. I dug up some copies of the logo online and even found a great image of the court. It took me about two weeks of work on and off. A neighbor lent me his workshop to cut all the pieces, and I painted/varnished the table in my parents’ garage. It’s always been a great conversation piece and the perfect place to rest a cold one when watching the game.”
• From John Rossman: “In light of the whole Orioles apostrophe controversy, I decided to make a Baltimore Orioles hoodie that captured the old ’50s-style Baltimore logo and the ultra-cool line-drawn orange bird. After I downloaded the logos online, I scaled them in AutoCAD and printed them out. I then cut out the lettering and logos. I found the right color of felt and used iron-on adhesive to mount the letters after I had cut them out. I was about halfway through the word ‘Baltimore’ when I suddenly wished that I rooted for a city like ‘New York’ — anything with less curves and ‘O’s. But those feelings quickly dissipated when I looked at the final product, which turned out much better than I could have hoped. I like it even more than the Orioles hoodie I purchased at the stadium store three years ago for $60. This cost me about $20.”
• And here’s a note that may be of interest to DIYers: There are lots of hockey crests and patches available here (with thanks to Ross Bergman for the tip).
To those who’ve sent me additional DIY projects in recent days, don’t worry — your stories are coming.
Housekeeping Note: I may have a new ESPN column today — or maybe not until tomorrow. Once I know for sure, I’ll update this note (and post the link, if it turns out to be today). Either way, we’ll have abbreviated content here on the site tomorrow.
Uni Watch News Ticker: Yesterday I mentioned that I’d never seen a baseball jersey with UCLA inserts, but Scott Turner quickly turned my attention to this 2006 shot of Rice and Texas A&M/Corpus Christi both wearing that style. What is this? For the answer, look here. … Floozie. … Here’s another early version of the NFL logo, from 1953 (with thanks to Andy Moursund). … UCLA football may wear throwbacks next season. … Cool restaurant matchbook designs from Ted Kluszewski (here’s the back) and Pete Rose (with thanks to Robert Eden). … Lots of cool old Cincy sports photos here. … Iowa will be wearing new jerseys this Saturday against Purdue (with thanks to Zach Rieger). … Super-cool Bruins/Bosox crossover photo here. What’s it all about? Details here (very nice find by Matt Campbell). … Formula 1 driver Sebastian Vettel has a new helmet (with thanks to Kenny Ocker). … Michael Princip found this fantastic Chuck Ren illustration in the 11/21/76 issue of Pro magazine. The article was about players with advanced college degrees, including Tom Casanova (Bengals), Walter Payton (Bears), Bob Klein (Rams), Gerald Irons (Browns), Blaine Nye (Cowboys), and Dr. Bill Lenkaitis (Patriots),” he writes. … A high school is in trouble for using the Washington State logo (with thanks to Michael Carman). … Bit of a logo fuck-up in Philadelphia (with thanks to Paul Ricciardi). … Phil found something really weird: Yahoo Sports Canada ran a fairly boilerplate story yesterday about Miguel Tejada’s legal problems. But look at the second link in the first graf — that’s not a real Astros player, it’s Uni Watch reader and doubleknit era historian Bill Henderson! Someone at Yahoo must have done a simple Google image search on “Astros rainbow uniforms” and not realized what he’d come up with. … Also from Phil: More IOC/Hockey Canada tension, and the Wisconsin legislature may crack down on un-PC logos. … Rob Leavell reports that the Iranian soccer team has CNOB — that’s country name on back, for “Islamic Republic of Iran.”