Two good DIY projects today, beginning with one from reader Kyle Beaudoin. I’ll let him explain it:
I recently created a logo and subsequently a jersey as a gift for my father’s 56th birthday (’56 also happens to be his birth year). He’s a huge Portland Pirates (AHL) fan and is well known at the arena, sort of like an unofficial mascot. He also bears a striking resemblance to Salty Pete, the real mascot. So I wanted to make him a jersey of his own.
I purchased a blank jersey from a local hockey equipment store (only $5!) and some hobby felt. I found the font style the Pirates use through a quick Google search and printed a paper template. I cut each number and letter by hand. This took quite some time and was more difficult than I had anticipated (kudos to my brother, who helped me with the coloring and letter cutting). Once I was happy I used fabric glue to affix the top and bottom number layers. I affixed the lettering to a felt nameplate:
As for the logo crest, I did the initial design by hand and then touched it up in Microsoft Paint and printed it on white fabric paper. I attempted to hand-sew the logos on, but when I realized how terrible I was at this, I had my mother-in-law do it for me. I think the end result came out great. My Dad, better known as Big Bob, was thrilled.
Thanks, Kyle — nicely done. But here’s a project I like even better: Reader Timmy Steffes has made himself a pair of Redskins clogs (or as he put it in the subject line of his e-mail to me, klompen):
How great is that?! “My wife is from Holland and I got my first pair long ago and I wear them every day,” says Timmy. “If you get the right size, they fit like slippers.”
Now, as you know, I’m not a fan of the Redskins’ team name. But these clogs are so awesome, I think it might be worth keeping the name after all, just because the cross-cultural mash-up of Redskins clogs is so bizarre. Imagine 80,000 fans klomping their way into RFK Stadium in clogs — the mind reels. Now we just need to get the ’Skins offensive line to wear them: Clogs for Hogs!
Uni Watch News Ticker: As promised/threatened, ’47 Brand is now embracing logo creep. Disappointing (from Vincent Serritella). … Nice move by reader Tom Arnel who procured a Meats T-shirt for his favorite butcher. … Oooh, check out this gorgeous A’s spring training shot from 1973. I’m assuming that’s a big league jersey repurposed for a minor league affiliate. Also note the white-capped coach at far left (good find by Jack Nicolaus). … Polish pro wrestler and Buffalo native Beth Phoenix put a Sabres-themed spin on her usual Polish Eagle-themed attire on Monday night (from Jon Kuras). … Looks like Air Force is planning something really fucking ugly for this Saturday. … Kelly Clarkson and Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray recently did a Pepsi promotional shoot. One of them wore a Nike jersey and the other one wore Reebok — but not the way you’d expect (from Jeff Lee). … Rather underwhelming new logo for AIG. … New logo for Arby’s, too. … The Mariners are moving in the fences at Safeco (from Maks Skuz). … Good Wall Street Journal article about how the new Nike jerseys are not popular with NFL linemen, who think the jerseys are too tight and make them look fat. … “I recently started playing organized lacrosse in an adult league,” says Matt Powers. “My team is sponsored by a bar/restaurant called the Red Rock Cafe. We don’t have team helmets, so I went out and bought a Cascade CPX-R and then went online and had decals made. Here’s how it turned out.” Nice job! … Lots of Pitt football uni info here (from Chris Hilf). … Slightly revised basketball uniforms for Purdue (from Neil Strawmyer). … Very cool set of NFL bottle caps (from Bo Baize). … Did you know the Kansas City Star tries not to print the word “Redskins”? It’s true! I’m generally supportive of this move, except it means they can’t write about DIY Redskins clogs.