Thursday, July 31, 2008

Do-it-yourself: Print your own T-Shirts


If you have a printer at home you can easily use it to print your T-shirts. To create your own artwork on T-shirts, you will require:

  • A white T-shirt
  • The artwork you want to print
  • An inkjet or laser printer
  • Transfer paper (these are available for as cheap as $1 per paper or less, but often sold in packs)
  • An iron
  • A flat hard surface to iron

Now follow these steps:

  1. Select the image you wish to transfer to your T-shirt and adjust the size of the image. Print a test copy on paper to make sure that the size fits on the T-shirt
  2. Flip the image horizontally, that is, from left to right. This is important.
  3. Set the printer settings to the best quality and paper type to Transfer paper and print it on a transfer paper.
  4. Take the T-shirt and lay it evenly on a flat hard surface. Make sure there are no folds underneath. Place the transfer paper on top of it with the printed side down.

  5. Heat the iron to the maximum heating possible and move it over the transfer paper. It takes a lot of heat to transfer the image evenly and completely to the fabric. Continue ironing until the paper turns slightly dark in color.

  6. Carefully peel the paper while it is still hot
  7. Wear it and show off to your friends


[Image courtesy: Digit magazine]


  1. do you have any tips to make sure the design won't peel after being washed?

  2. Usually, no special care is required for home printed t-shirt because they are as durable as factory printed t-shirt. However, a lot depends on how well you have transferred the artwork into the shirt. Use a lot of heat.

    When washing use cold water, and wash inside-out and of course, don't vigorously scrub the print.

  3. The Printed t-shirts are capable of reflecting your style statement in a simple yet impressive manner. Try using custom printed apparel if you want to look different from the others.


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