I love watching sports, but I’m not a big fan of team-branded t-shirts (exception: Spurs merch). This presents a problem when I wish to dress up for special sporting occasions like the Super Bowl. But recently I was struck by an idea while perusing an Etsy shop chock-full of colorful pompoms: why not festoon a basic gray sweatshirt with cheerleader-inspired trim in the team colors of my choosing?! I can rep the Panthers on game day with this sweatshirt and some leather-trimmed leggings and come spring I can finally embrace the athleisure trend and style this top with a flared black skirt and some slip-on sneakers. The fact that this project took less than an hour to make is just the extra point to my DIY touchdown. For this project, you’ll need the following:
• a short-sleeve sweatshirt (I got mine on sale from J.Crew and it’s now sold out, but this and this are other good options)
• one yard each of large black pompom trim, large white pompom trim and small blue pompom trim (or colors of your choice)
• need and thread
1. Start by pinning your first round of pompom trim into place. I began with the bottom black trim and lined it up with the cuff seams so I could easily stick to a straight line. With a needle and thread, tack the trim to the sleeve, then knot and trim the ends when done.
2. Repeat with the blue and white pompom trim, making sure to measure and pin carefully to maintain a straight line around the sleeve. All done!