How to Customize a Football Guard Sleeve

by Nicole Schmoll
A customized chin-strap guard also can honor an injured teammate.

A customized chin-strap guard also can honor an injured teammate.

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Football guard sleeves, like mouth guards and antireflective cheek strips, can be customized to express the individual personality of the football player. Football guard sleeves are small pieces of polyester-spandex fabric with rubber inserts that provide comfort padding around the chin guard of a football helmet. Players can slip them over their chin straps and attach them to their football helmets to further protect their faces while playing. Football guard sleeves are generally solid in color.

Items you will need

  • Number and/or letter patches
  • Newspaper
  • Spray fabric adhesive
  • Sewing needle and thread
Step 1

Choose a few letters or numbers with which to customize your football guard strap. Honor an injured, fallen or former player as a team by putting that player's number on your football guard sleeve. Or, express your own personality with your home area code, football jersey number or with a Bible verse reference. Clear any customization with your coach before placing it on your football guard sleeve.

Step 2

Purchase small letter and/or number patches from a local craft or fabric store. Look for white or black letters, depending on the color of your football chin-strap sleeve. Select letter/number patches that contrast with the color of your guard sleeve.

Step 3

Place the letters face down on a piece of newspaper. Spray the backs of them with fabric adhesive. Press the letters sticky-side down onto the front of your football guard sleeve.

Step 4

Thread a sewing needle with thread that matches the color of your guard sleeve. Permanently affix the letter/number patches to your guard sleeve by sewing them onto the front of the sleeve using short, compact stitches. Run the last stitch through the first. Tie a knot in the thread to keep it from unraveling.

Step 5

Wash dirty football guard sleeves by hand in cold water to prevent the patches from coming off.

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