If you’ve been on our social media pages or on SoxSignatures.com, you’ve probably noticed the new 8×10 Game Used Jersey Swatch Displays we’ve started selling. We’re pretty excited to launch our first official product that isn’t just a signed ball or jersey that anyone can sell. We also thought it would be fun to to give a little “behind the scenes” on how these displays are made. So we’ll start with the Paw Sox red #33 jersey worn by Williams Jerez, Robby Scott, Henry Owens and Ty Buttrey.
The jersey was picked up at the PawSox annual yard sale, and what’s great about minor league jerseys, is they are usually worn by multiple players so we can make a bunch of different displays with the same jersey. The first step is to cut the jersey into into the basic panels: the 2 front panels, the back panel, and the 2 sleeves.
We started with one of the sleeves, as that was the smallest and easiest to get our bearings (this was the first time we’ve cut up jersey, so we weren’t exactly sure what to expect either). We decided to cut up the jersey into 3 inch by 3 inch squares to be a decent size to put into the 8×10 display. So we started by cutting along the seams, to create one flat piece of fabric to work with.
Then, we took some label paper (sticky on one side, plain paper on the other side) so stretch the fabric to create a smooth wrinkle free surface that is easier to cut. Then we took a ruler and drew out some 3″x3″ squares. Then it was just a matter of cutting the fabric with a pair of specialty fabric scissors (don’t catch your finger, those things can reach bone easily!).
Now that we had the basics down, it was just a rinse and repeat for the other sleeve, and the same for most of the remaining panels. Most of them were easy enough, the only difficult part is when it comes to the numbers, lettering and patches. We wanted to try to cut those special to make as many Premium Swatches as possible, while also making sure you were getting more than a little corner of a ‘P’ on your swatch.
The last panel we did was the back panel, which included the #33 jersey numbers. We had a little trouble planning how to cut the numbers to make sure there were as many full premium swatches as possible. But in the end, we ended up with over 150 swatches that are ready to be dropped into our new game used jersey swatch 8×10 displays.
So what do you guys think of our first original product? Do you like that we made some super affordable memorabilia displays to add to your wall? Do you hate that we cut up a perfectly good game used jersey? Are there certain players you would love us to add? Be sure to let us know what you think in the comments or on any of our social media pages. If these are popular we have a bunch of other jerseys we plan to cut up and add to the product line, including some major league jerseys, so let us know what you think!