DIY: Quidditch Letterman’s Jacket Cardigan

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Last week I showed you how to make the Snitch earrings that I’m wearing as part of my outfit for my cousin’s bat mitzvah.

Because the theme of the evening is pajamas and jerseys, I thought this fantasy inspired sports look would both fit the theme and be a bit more of a costume, since the party is the day after Halloween (and since we’re flying down on Halloween, I don’t get to dress up. And I NEED to dress up). Since Paul was and is convinced that a jersey needs numbers on the back, I decided to make this jacket to go with it.

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This is the shirt I’m wearing, which I got here from Etsy shop topsfreeday.

I’ve never had a letterman’s jacket, despite the fact that I lettered in Speech and Debate in high school (I know, such a nerd). The jackets cost over two hundred dollars, and since I wasn’t staying on the debate team, I didn’t think it was worth it. This DIY will cost you less than ten dollars, and is less bulky and way cute.

This cardigan/sweater redo is perfect for pretty much anything: from showing a little team spirit, to revitalizing one of your favorite cardigans (if you just do the ribbon trim), to being part of a great Halloween costume (think something like a poodle skirt with a letterman’s jacket slung around your shoulders, or dress up like a sports star). The point is, this cardigan remake has something for everyone, and you should make it. Right now.

It’s also super simple.

You’ll need:

  • Three sheets of felt in different but coordinating colors (the colors of whatever team you’re representing). I used a burgundy, red, and yellow combo to represent Gryffindor’s colors. If you want to put a name on the jersey too, feel free, but get extra felt.
  • cardstock to make your templates
  • a ruler
  • a marker (permanent or otherwise)
  • coordinating ribbon
  • hot glue
  • fabric glue

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First you’ll need to make your templates. I drew mine freehand, but you can always print yours out onto card stock and then cut them out. Bear in mind that since you’re layering the felt, the numbers will come out about half an inch larger on all sides.

I chose the number seven to represent Harry Potter (seven books/seven years/seven horcruxes/seven is the most magically powerful number), but of course any number will do.

Trace your stencil onto your felt with the stencils backwards. That way, once you cut them out you can turn the numbers over and not have any marks.

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Using your hot glue, glue the first number right side up onto the second layer and cut a thin border around the number. Repeat with the next layer, but with a thicker border.

Center the numbers to your liking onto the cardigan and use the hot glue to adhere them.

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Next work on the ribbon trim. You don’t have to measure and cut anything unless you’re trimming pockets like I did, you can just sort of unwind the ribbon as you go.

Glue the ribbon on either using hot glue or fabric glue* just beyond the buttons (no one want to mess with the buttons) all the way around the cardigan. You’ll want to lay the sweater out flat while you do this and give everything ample time to dry if you’re using fabric glue. This could take up to two hours.

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Enjoy your newly revamped cardigan!

*a note on glue: The kind of glue you use depends largely on the materials you’re using and how often you’re planning on wearing the garment. If this is a project for Halloween or a costume party and you’re only planning on wearing it a couple times, go ahead and use the hot glue for the whole thing like I did.

I highly recommend using fabric glue if you’re planning on washing and wearing your cardigan a lot and are just going to trim it in the ribbon to give it a new look. Fabric glue is normally washable and though it takes a long time to dry, it’s particularly good for thinner knits and ribbons where the hot glue would cause puckering. It’s worth the time investment and looks more professional.

If you’re not a hot glue person at all, you can use a tacky glue for the felt, but be warned that it needs a lot of saturation and will take quite a while to dry. I still find that when it dries it doesn’t hold together very well, but if you’re only wearing it for a night, that’s probably not a problem. Using hot glue is the way to go with felt in my opinion, but if you really don’t want to you could always sew the felt, which is a great option if you plan on wearing the sweater often (like for spirit days or to games or whatever).

Are you dressing up for Halloween this year?

Golden Snitch Earrings DIY

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In a little less than two weeks it’ll be my cousin’s bat mitzvah. We’re flying down to Los Angeles to celebrate with her, and part of this celebration will be done in themed attire. A lot of kids her age do a big dance with all their friends and all their parents friends, and S. is no different. However, instead of dressing up in semi-formal attire, she decided to have everyone come in pajamas and jerseys. Since I’m not sure that people who are out of high school should be wearing pajamas to a party like that (walking a fine line between being too sexy and too childish), I decided to wear a jersey. But let’s face it, I’m not one for team sports. I support the Yankees (my grandfather being a New Yorker), but don’t watch the games with any regularity and I haven’t played a team sport since middle school.

With all this in mind, I wanted to go in something a little more fun. So being a huge nerd, I bought a great Harry Potter inspired quidditch jersey, and I’ll be showing you a couple DIYs I’m doing to finish my outfit.

First up are these golden snitch earrings. These would really be perfect for any occasion–let’s be honest–but are great for this time of year since Halloween is right around the corner.

These turned out even better than I thought they would. They look great, and I love the way they move. This is a really simple DIY, and there’s lots of opportunity to get them to look exactly the way you want them before anything is finalized.

You’ll need:

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  • gold sculpey
  • dangling earring findings
  • flat bottomed pins
  • pliers
  • craft glue (optional)
  • something to give the wings texture–I used a dime

First you’ll need to take a small amount of clay and make two spheres as close in size as you can.

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Gently push these balls down the pin until they’re resting at the bottom.

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Take an even smaller bit of clay and roll it into a snake about the length you want the wings to be. Squish this with your finger and add texture with the tool of your choice. Then you can use a needle or something to shape them the way you want. I really liked using a dime for this because of the added texture, but you can use a needle or pin or toothpick or clay tool–whatever you have on hand.

Carefully take the wings and attach them to the back of the ball, smoothing down the clay.

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Bake at 275F for about twenty minutes, depending on the size of your snitches.

When the clay has cooled, thread your dangling earring attachment thing onto the metal rod. Take your pliers about halfway down the exposed metal wire and bend so that the end of the wire goes through the hole. You can dab some glue on the end for more stability, but mine didn’t need it. You could also twist the wire into place. Before you finalize the earring, make sure everything is facing the right way and looks the way you want it.

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And there you have it: snitch earrings.

If you played a position on a Hogwarts house quidditch team, which position would you play?