Designing your own t-shirts is super easy! I used to make my own band tees in high school. I was part of the "emo" scene back then, or at least tried to be. My friends and I would go to concerts almost every weekend. Some of my friends were in bands. Concerts, plaid skinnies, studs, chains, too much eyeliner; sums up high school for me. I got into making band tees cause a lot of the bands I liked, weren't really all that famous yet, so they didn't sell merchandise. I had to make my own! Here's how!
You can do this with ANY image. The options are endless.
Money Spent: $7
What you'll need:
-Fabric transfer paper (from Wal-Mart)
-Computer & printer
-Plain light colored shirt
-Hard surface such as a counter or coffee table
Use your favorite image search engine and find an image you want to use. Try typing "clip art" or "royalty free" after the name of the item you are searching for, like, mason jar clip art. "Royalty free" will help sift through all the images that have watermarks. Save the image you want to your computer by right clicking your mouse and "save picture as". You can alter and customize your image in your computers Paint program. This is also where I flip the image horizontally. When you print the image on to the transfer paper, you want it backwards. If you don't flip the image, any words will appear backwards on your shirt.
Do a test print with regular printer paper to make sure you like the size, colors, and make note of the side of paper the image prints on. Once you are happy, print using your transfer paper. Cut out your image fairly close to the edges.
Heat up your iron for a few minutes. Lay out your pillow case. Iron it. Lay out your shirt. Iron it. Lay your transfer face down on the shirt where you want it. Apply FIRM pressure with the iron, using back/ forth/ up/ down motions for 2-3 minutes.
Let cool for 1-2 minutes. Slowly peel up the transfer paper. If your image is not sticking to the shirt, apply the iron again. The firm pressure is super important. I used my coffee table because I could stand and put my weight into the iron. Once your paper peels off, just let it cool.
I tossed mine into the dryer for 10 minutes when I was done. I read somewhere that the dryer will help set anything, especially stains, right? Also, I wash my shirt inside out.
We all know this iconic image of Audrey Hepburn. Well, we all know her holding a long cigarette holder. I thought she would be hotter putting on sexy red lipstick.
I overlapped two images. One of the iconic image (I cut the cigarette with scissors), the other of a MAC lipstick image. I rescanned them into my computer as one image. Then I colored in her lips with a red sharpie and rescanned again. *Just remember to flip the image horizontally before you print on transfer paper otherwise any letters will be backwards. I tell you this stuff from experience. I forgot to flip this image and ended up with the MAC lipstick backwards.
I absolutely love how this came out. Now, I should do one with Marilyn.
Who would you put on your t-shirt?
Think of the possibilities! How about a customized throw pillow? Or scan your child's art into your computer and make something very personalized.
Until next time,
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