personalized sweatshirt thumb

Well I haven’t done a sewing project in a while so I was excited to dust off my machine and do a simple one for you today.  I call it my Ransom Note Sweatshirt. Here in the Midwest we are in that in-between summer and fall weather.  When we wake up we need a light jacket and by noon you are sweating.  So we end up dressing in layers around here.  So this sweatshirt is perfect for my son on his way to school to keep warm for those first few hours.  Now I can’t take credit for this idea. My cousin Karen had made a little sweatshirt as a baby shower gift for a family member.

personalized sweatshirt

Who doesn’t love something with their name on it?  This would make a great gift for anyone…I even made one for myself. This project is simple and takes less than an hour to complete plus it uses recycled t-shirts. LOVES!


Old t-shirts with words on it

sewing machine

coordinating  thread

Wonder Under



ironing board

1.  Before you give all those old t-shirts to Goodwill grab out some of the ones that have wording on it.

pile of t-shirts (1)

2.  Decide what you want the back of your shirt to say.  I used both my first and last names on the ones I did.  Start cutting out the letters and laying them out to see how they look.


3.  Using different fonts, sizes and colors line up your letters to your liking until you have all the letters cut out for your word or name.

tshirt letters

4.  Cut out small rectangles of Wonder Under and iron it (textured side touching the t-shirt letter) onto the back of your letters.  Slowly peel off the backing.DSC_0152


5.  Arrange the letters onto the back of a sweatshirt (face up) and put a press cloth over them and then iron over the press cloth.  This will heat up the Wonder Under and allow the letters to temporarily stick while you sew around them.

custom sweatshirts hoodie

6.  Using coordinating or contrasting thread (your choice!) sew around each letter.

custom t-shirt sweatshirt

This is a fun birthday or baby shower gift too.  How about a ransom note onesie?

custom sweatshirt hoodie

custom personalized hoodie


Posted Originally on Skip to my Lou’s


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  1. Very cool, but sadly…in this day and age…not advisable to “label” your children with their full names for strangers to see. Especially little ones.

  2. I love this idea! Super cute! But I worry about putting a child’s full name on the back of a sweatshirt? Call me paranoid, but it’s usually not advised to do this since a child predator could use this as an opportunity to lure a child away. Just something to think about.

  3. I am the least concerned person in America…I swear I need to be better at that. I would have never thought of that…but you are right. It is DEFINITELY something I need to consider.

  4. Lori…ya know…I would have never thought about it. But you are right. I definitely need to think more cautiously like that in this day and age.

  5. Great project. Thanks for sharing. You should know, though, that it is NOT SAFE to place your child’s name anywhere visible. A potential kidnapper could just call out to your child, grab him/her, and no amount of your child’s kicking and screaming will raise any flags out in public if the kidnapper is calling out your child’s name. It will only appear as if your child is having a temper tantrum.

  6. Love this effect and hate to be a drag but perhaps it would be safer to use this great idea for a slogan or saying instead of the childs’ name. People who prey on children use the child’s name to give the child a false sense of security per the Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

  7. Yah you are like the 10th person who said that. I never in a million years would have even thought of that. I know I need to be more cautious I kind of live in lala land alot.

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