I came across this cute mini football field idea a couple months ago, and have been hanging onto it to share in time for the Superbowl.  It’s super easy — you just need an astroturf-type rug (my dollar store has them!), some white tape, and some white sticker numbers.  Simple and so fun!  [Here’s where I found it.]

Project Estimate:

  • astroturf mat, $1
  • white tape, on hand
  • number stickers, $2 and up

Total:  $3 and up

Of course I couldn’t stop there; I had to make a cute felt football garland to go with it!  It was really easy and took less than 30 minutes to make. 

Project Estimate:

  • brown and white felt, $.35/sheet (I used two sheets of brown and 1/4 sheet of white for a 24-ball garland)
  • sewing machine and thread

Total:  about $1 and up

To start, I simply cut football shapes from brown felt,  and long strips (for stripes) and stitch shapes from white felt.

To attach the stripes on the ends of the footballs, I fed each football through my machine as shown in the photo, attaching the stripes as I went.  (I didn’t do any backstitching.)

Ah, wouldn’t it make the most lovely football necklace?  No?  Okay, cut them apart and trim the stripes.

I then attached the “stitches” and strung the garland all at the same time by feeding the footballs end-to-end through my machine.  I alternated the curve of the stitches on every other football for a little more “football-y” dimension.

Ta-Da!  One football garland, ready to hang!

Caroline Sanchez (Care) has been sewing since her mom taught her the basics at around six years old.  She has always been driven to CREATE, even from a very young age.  She is mommy to two little boys and one baby girl, and almost every spare moment she has is spent in her sewing room or working on her blog, Obsessively Stitching