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You have probably seen one of those methods to create your own patterns etc. on a T-Shirt. But the problem being, that it is time consuming and that you probably don't have all the materials and tools needed.

This method is easy and cheap, yet results a very pleasent result.

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Step 1: The transfers

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First of all you'll need your t-shirt to print on.
Also you will have to buy some 'T-Shirt Transfers' sheets sold in many stores, including your local printer shop. Often the 'T-Shirt Transfers' sheets will only allow you to use them on white T-Shirts, but it is possible to buy them for darker colors.
I found these at 3-4$ per sheet, but I live in a country where everything is expensive, so you might be ble to find them at a much lower cost.

Step 2: Customize!

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Think about what you want to be on your T-Shirt, this can be anyehere from kinky text to photos from your vacation. Be creative!
All you need to do at this point is to flip the text or image horizontal in an image editing software. If you don't hve such, the instructions on the T-Shirts Transfers will often guide you to a website where you will be able to download their free software.

In able to save on the number of sheets used per image, you can insert all your desired images/text into a word document or the like.
After this is done, go ahead and print it! Make sure to print on the blank side of the sheet. Of course, if you want colored images, you will need a color printer ;-)

Step 3: Cutting out

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Cut around the image, with a distance to the edge of at least 1 mm. Be sure to round the sharp edges off, so they won't lift during cleaning the T-Shirt.
Great tutorial! But on step four the amount of time you have to iron for each size didn't show up. It looked like this:
"...�½ minutes for images smaller than 10x15 cm, 1-�½ minutes for sizes around a half A4..."
Tututu4 years ago
This is a very good instructables, i bought 10 sheets for 6€, and 2 tshirts for 7,50€, very cheap Here's the first tshirt I made! Thanks for this instructable
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YoungPyro194 years ago
That's really cool I would like to do that, but aren't their laws on copyright? (author)  YoungPyro194 years ago
As long as you don't make money off somebody else's work, you'll be fine.
Oh okay, I c... How do the shirts hold up in the washer. Does the design fade away quickly? (author)  YoungPyro194 years ago
I made these t-shirts back in November 2007, and the designs are still colorful. Some cracks appear after a few washes which doesn't happen as easily with screenprinting, however compared to screenprinting this method is quicker and allows you to use a wide variety of colors easily. Just flip the t-shirt inside-out and wash at lower temperatures.
Okay, that's super. Thanks <=D
clemens945 years ago
 I make one for my Valentine and one for me with this picture.
They look like real tee !
My girlfriend is very enjoyed ! ;)

liteoner5 years ago
Did the same, but my t-shirt started to get rid of the design :(
gameven5 years ago
Hey i have recently seen this video of how to fold your T-shirts fast, just in seconds. I thought that you all would like to watch it.

[ Fold T-shirts Fast]

LemonLily5 years ago
I think the colour rubs off from beneath. Can you prevent it?
LemonLily5 years ago
You can take a picture of yourself, and put it on a shirt.
BTrueK5 years ago
You basically read the directions which came with the paper...
SG1Oniell6 years ago
I saw the metacafe thing backwards and thought it was cyrilic, my bad lol
what happens if you put one of those t-shirt sheets that only work on white shirts on a black one? like does it explode? exaporate? Not stick? (author)  ShampooRobot6 years ago
Normally when you print on white paper, you don't need white ink, because the paper itself is white. The transfer paper is transparent, so white colors can't be seen, and the image will appear darker on black t-shirts. If you do want to make a black t-shirt, the transfer papers are white.
warrockdude6 years ago
are they permanent?
gatorfan946 years ago
can you transfer to any color tshirt
jeni-jeni6 years ago
printer man6 years ago
awsome instructable!! i use it alot
msgrafis6 years ago
what is the paper you use to print? does the ink stay for long or just temporary?
Read step one..
moe86 years ago
gr8 instructable i did a jackass one:D
moe86 years ago
what option do u put in the printer settings ?
schimmi7 years ago
it's cooler if you do it yourself, with screenprinting
kellimaier7 years ago
Washing the T-shirt wrong side out and not drying it in the dryer will help the transfer stay in good condition.
petter6337 years ago
good instructable. are you sure you have to print them backwards, or is that just for transfer paper?
You have to print them backwards. You are flipping the image when you iron it on.
what kind of printer did you use? (author)  happyasianguy7 years ago
I used a Canon iP4300.
PetervG7 years ago
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PetervG PetervG7 years ago
What ever
If you can find transfer paper that's for "dark colors," it's a lot more durable. I've had one shirt for better than five years with no chipping. Second, there's a feel you develop for ironing them on. i don't know how to explain it, but you know when you've really done it right. If you don't then it chips.
Yup, thats why I stencil with spray paint, for smaller outlines like the ego one my friend uses t shirt markers to outline the letters and for details.
It may depend on size. I've used iron-ons twice. Once, it was with a small image (round, about 3-4" in diameter), and the second time, with an image that took nearly the entire sheet of paper. They were both transferred onto heavyweight white t-shirts. The smaller image is still on the t-shirt, wherever that shirt may be (in the back of a closet). I wore it very frequently for about 6 months or more. The other, full-page size image did start to deteriorate after a wash or two, and after 1 or 2 additional washes, it was in really bad condition. I don't know if that might be similar to your experiences, but it's what happened with mine. I'd recommend to use smaller images, or, if you're using a large image, try to cut it into sections (e.g. cut between large letters, etc,) if the background is clear/colorless. And, good Instructable. I agree with shooby that it's similar to package instructions, but the photo documentation of the process was well done. Bravo!
mikedoth7 years ago
Do you know if they have these for laser printers?
Bran mikedoth7 years ago
I believe they do, IIRC.
gschoppe Bran7 years ago
they exist, but they're really hard to find in stores, and they don't even hold up as well as the inkjet ones.... in addition, they have trouble in some lasers.
shooby7 years ago
Well written instruct able, however it doesn't really provide any more information than what you'd see on the transfers package you bought.