Whether you're cheering on your son's peewee football team, rooting for your alma mater or tailgating at a pro football game, you want to show off your team spirit while dressing for the weather. Stay cozy in the fall and warm in the winter by choosing the right sports attire for game day, and make sure everyone knows where your loyalties lie with some DIY football gear and sports accessories that add fun to your outfit.
Pile on the Layers
When the mercury drops, it's important to remember to layer your clothing so you're ready to brave the cold temperatures. To keep yourself warm your outfit should consist of three layers. The first layer, directly against your skin, should offer a snug fit. Choose polyester fabrics since they tend to wick sweat away from the skin and dry quickly. Your second layer insulates your body and keeps in the heat. Look for a wool sweater, a fleece jacket or a down vest. Top the insulating layer with a shell, such as a jacket with waterproof properties. Throw your favorite sports jersey or DIY football gear over the top to flash your team colors.
In addition to your layers, remember to keep your extremities warm. Wear wool socks, and double up on them when it's extra cold. Don't forget a thick pair of gloves or mittens.
Keep Your Fingers Toasty
When you're trying to hold a hot dog or handle your drink, thick gloves and bulky mittens can make the task seem impossible. With a few easy steps, you can create flannel hand warmers that do the trick. Using a ruler and fabric scissors, cut out 5-inch by 5-inch squares from an old flannel shirt. Choose fabric in your team's colors to coordinate with your other sports gear. Place one square of fabric on top of a second piece with the lighter side of the fabric facing outward. Pin the fabric, and sew three of the sides, leaving the fourth side open. Turn the fabric right side out, and fill it about three-fourths full with plain white rice. Sew up the fourth side to finish your DIY hand warmers. Heat them in the microwave for 30 seconds before heading to the game for fingers that are frost-free.
Beat the Chill With a Team Spirit Scarf
If your face and neck are still cold despite your layers and toasty hand warmers, a team scarf can tame that nip in the air. Gather a few old T-shirts, including one with your favorite team name or logo and others in coordinating colors. Using a self-healing mat and rotary cutter, remove all the sewn edges and seams from the shirts. Cut the remaining fabric into 10-inch by 10-inch squares. Place two fabric pieces together with the fronts facing each other, and sew them along one edge. Continue sewing all the fabric portions together until you have a long DIY team scarf about 6 feet in length.
Hold in the Heat
When your ears are freezing, it's impossible to stay focused on the game. Wear your favorite beanie to keep your head and ears warm. Spice it up with a fun DIY team pom-pom to really show off your school spirit. Choose yarn in various colors to coordinate with your team. For example, Carolina Panthers fans can use blue, black, white and silver. Line up your four yarn colors so each single strand is side by side, and wrap them around your four fingers. Wrap 15 to 20 times, and remove the bundle from your fingers, pinching it in the middle. Wrap a 12-inch piece of yarn around the middle of the bundle, and tie it tight. Cut the loops on each side of the bundle, and fan out your DIY pom-pom. Attach it to the top of your favorite beanie to create a team-themed hat perfect for game day.
Even the most die-hard football fan can't handle the brutal cold on game day. Score a touchdown with these creative DIY sports accessories that show off your team spirit while keeping you warm and cozy during the big game.
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