We’ve seen celebs like Rihanna and Jessica Alba rocking the look….and if you’re like me, you probably have your own somewhere in a dusty box in your parents garage? What am I talking about? The whole varsity craze. Varsity jackets are hugely popular right now and cropping up everywhere, so I decided to make something a little more accessible—a Varsity Letter Sweatshirt. The key to the whole look is the boxed lettering, so once I had that down pat, rather than using chenille (which requires a special machine…I thought I’d try some boucle fabric, but it wasn’t quite what I was going for), I used a little faux leather and wool that I found at Mood Fabrics NYC to complete just as cool of a look. Tell me…do you still have your varsity paraphernalia hidden away somewhere?; comment below.
SUPPLIES: old sweathshirt (I got mine at a thrift store for like .75 cents, or you can make your own), Varsity Font on your computer (which you can download here), white wool, faux leather, a pen, scissors, e6000 glue, and a plastic butter knife (optional) for spreading.
1. Pick your desired letter using the font provided here, print it on about a quarter of a piece of page, and cut it out.
2. Once you’ve done this, flip your white wool and your letter over, and trace your now backwards letter to the back of the wool (that way when you cut it out in the next step, your letter is facing the correct way on the wool).
3. Go ahead and cut out the letter you traced.
4. The cool thing about the font I found, was that it comes with a few different outlines, so you’ll now want to cut away the first (black) outline.
5. Repeat Step #2 with your now smaller letter — this time you’ll use your faux leather.
6. Cut out this new letter.
7. Add a little glue to the back of your letter (Note: I had a new bottle and it was a little messy, so feel free to use a butter knife, and don’t forget to use the glue in a well ventilated area).
8. Place your faux leather letter on top of the wool one, then place both in your desired area on your sweatshirt, and allow it all to dry for a few hours. You’re all set!
Brandhyze Stanley is the chief voice of the award winning blog, Frugal-nomics.com; a platform designed to share with women how to live and look fabulous on a dime. A DIY girl at heart—Brandhyze has been featured on The View, The Early Show, The Today Show, InStyle Magazine, Essence Magazine, and MTVStyle. A Wilhelmina Model for over a decade, with a Business Degree from Loyola University Chicago, Brandhyze provides DIY content to the popular How-To Site, eHow; and was a Fashion & Style Writer and Video Contributor for Newsday Westchester. Brandhyze is a huge thrifter and a lover of all good deals, follow her on Twitter @MyFrugalnomics and on Facebook at Facebook.com/Frugalnomics.