Introduction: How to Make an Instructables T-Shirt

Hi,
In this instructable I am going to show you How to Make an Instructables T-Shirt. This is a quick and fairly cheap way to make an instructables t-shirt if you did not win one a contest or if you have not bought one from the Instructables Store.

Step 1: Materials/ Tools

Materials
White Cotton T-Shirt- I bought some white under shirts.
Iron Transfer paper- You can get it at most craft stores. 6 sheets for around $10 USD.
Tools
Iron-Any one should do
Ink Jet Printer-

Step 2: Prepare the Image

Prepare the Image
So now you need an image for your shirt. The important part about this step is that it needs to be flipped horizontally so that it will work for the iron on transfer. If you have a printer that has an iron on transfer mode DO NOT flip the image. Your printer should automatically flip it for you.
Here is the image I scaled down to fit a 4 by 6. If you have 8.5 by 11 inch piece of iron transfer you might want to print more than one image on a piece of paper.
Now put the iron transfer paper in the printer. Make sure that it feeds correctly into the printer so that it prints on the correct side of the paper. Once you have it printed make sure the ink is dry and then cut it out leaving about 1/4 in boarder around the edge of the image.
Pictures courtesy of Instructables(Hope you don't mind :)

Step 3: Ironing

Now put the shirt on a hard surface (Not an ironing board!) and put the transfer paper face down on the shirt in position and then iron it for about 30 seconds. Then wait for it to cool off and slowly peel of the transfer paper. You should wait at least 5 or 10 minuets before peeling it off. Repeat for the other side and your done. Enjoy your new shirt.
A Note on Maintenance: Washing the T-shirt inside out and not drying it in the dryer will help the transfer stay in good condition. Then let it air dry.

Here is a video Demo of ironing and peeling off. Keep in mind I speed up the video.

If you have any questions or comments please ask and if you enjoyed this instructable please vote for it.
Thanks

Comments

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GeekCrafterGirlz432 (author)2016-10-09

I have wanted to get a instructable t shirt! This is soooo great!

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Street-Wise Irish (author)2015-11-30

Have you been able to sell these ?

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shobhit.agarwal.77770 (author)2015-11-16

is it washable?? I want to make one but doubt if it will stay for long.

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joejoerowley (author)2008-03-22

Yeah, you flip it inside out and then put it the washer. And then let it air dry. I don't though and my other shirt just is a little crinkled. Good question.

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K-Sue (author)joejoerowley2009-06-28

I learned the hard way to always pre-wash and dry new t-shirts before proceeding with any transfers or painting on of designs, to eliminate the possibility of even the slightest shrinkage. This ensures your design will not wrinkle, crinkle or crack. To be really safe, wash them twice. Even wash shirts that say they're pre-shrunk!

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porcupinemamma (author)K-Sue2012-02-26

Good plan. Also, hang to dry and the transfer will not get semi-melted by the dryer

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black hole (author)2011-12-12

Take a look at CustomInk. They've got a great system.

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porcupinemamma (author)2009-08-07

Love it! Since I don't know how to post instructables, I can't win a shirt and the order form to buy one is not user friendly.

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sharlston (author)porcupinemamma2009-09-11

your pro but cant post a ible just clcik submit them instructable its easy

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porcupinemamma (author)sharlston2009-10-17

I don't know how to get pictures from my camera on to the computer.  I'm "pro" because I sent money to help support the site ("pro" is the term used for contributing financially; it doesn't mean I am a "pro" at computer stuff in any way lol)

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sharlston (author)porcupinemamma2009-10-17

plug the sd into the sd card slot then it should start autoplay


then click upload on the ible

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porcupinemamma (author)sharlston2011-07-12

Hey, thanks a lot for your help. I'm going to try. Really appreciate your help :0)

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mg0930mg (author)sharlston2010-04-04

My computer doesn't even have a sd card slot....

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sharlston (author)mg0930mg2010-04-05

well your computer will have a usb port so buy a card reader i have 1 for £1 from the poundshop just put the sd card into the reader then the reader into the usb port easy as 1-2-3

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Where can you buy shirts?

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builderkidj (author)2011-05-27

Awesome!

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simplebotics (author)2011-05-20

cool i have inkjet paper, and im making teep-shirts for my company! (already have an instructables t-shirt, out of all my shirts including abercrombie and designers and others, the instructables t-shirt is my favorite!)

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Waffles Will Rule (author)2008-03-24

You can also get the transfer paper at any office store like Staples. I usually get mine in a big 18 sheet pack for about $20.00 USD.

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Staples has a tendancy to overprice them tho. I use the Avery ones. they're alot easyer to use and you can scratch out the unwanted white parts instead of cutting around the image

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sweet thanks

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Cool Nice Tip!

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superMacaroni (author)2010-06-19

Let's sell these on ebay.

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bassclarinet23 (author)2009-10-16

Great project. I was looking for something just like this!

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craftygreen (author)2008-12-09

this is super simple and well every one knows about, it but it the remembering part that confuses people. I will definetly consider this on a craft day.

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fredricksburgthethird (author)2008-03-24

is it possible to use the iron on transfer on another colour shirt? maybe dark grey,to make it even similar?

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There are transfers for dark shirts now, I used some to make a Will Smith tshirt. :D

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I believe there are other types of transfer paper that work dark colors but I don't know.

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hamgravy (author)2008-08-06

ya i think i read somewhere that u wash it inside out then air-dry it...

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GorillazMiko (author)2008-03-22

Are you really allowed to do this? But still, I want to do this.... :P Probably not though.

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CameronSS (author)GorillazMiko2008-03-22

You don't already have a shirt? I'm surprised.

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GorillazMiko (author)CameronSS2008-03-22

Haha, no I don't. But I'm getting one soon. 1st place in the airplane contest, yay! :D And yeah... I tried this a while back. :P Seriously. Except I washed it wrong in the dryer and stuff. I was going to post an Instructable, but I thought I would get in trouble... kind of mad now because I could have been featured. Haha.

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I am sorry but the early bird gets the worm. (The Second mouse gets the cheese :)

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w00ty32 (author)joejoerowley2008-03-22

thats an awesome saying. "the second mouse gets the cheese. Love it.

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joejoerowley (author)w00ty322008-03-23

I know, one time I said it to this really dumb chick in my class and she was like "what??" and then I explained it to her and she still didn't get it so I drew pictures and she finally understood what it meant.

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w00ty32 (author)joejoerowley2008-03-23

Is she at least hot? Because if she isn't she's screwed in life..

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joejoerowley (author)w00ty322008-03-23

Yeah, she's fine but more stupid than a block of wood. I could tell her the sun explodes every night at sunset and it is born on sun rise and she would believe me. haha :)

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w00ty32 (author)joejoerowley2008-03-23

Have you already told her this? If not, you MUST! it is of the utmost importance to screw with her!

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joejoerowley (author)w00ty322008-03-23

No, shes nice but really stupid, i feel sorry for her.

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cry_wolf (author)joejoerowley2008-03-23

I know this girl like that, looks like a playboy model, but shes dumb as a sack of rocks. Good thing though, shes in my latin class, and so during study hall i explain stuff to her, and shes really nice. Hopefully we can become better friends. *wink wink* :D

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joejoerowley (author)cry_wolf2008-03-23

Good luck w/ that. I hope you can become "close" friends if you know what i mean. Wink :)

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I would like that. Hahahaha! Cry_wolf, take a picture of her and show Instructables! ;-)

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Don't be, she'll be happy through life, intelligence is a curse.

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*agrees*

I could just assume morals & meanings of life based off what others say, but noooo, I have to figure them out myself.

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Interesting perspective. I like that idea. That is so on my facebook quotes. :)

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Lol! I say that too! I thought I was the only one...

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Cool!

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joejoerowley (author)CameronSS2008-03-22
I think he just got one for the airplane contest, right? I have two:) One for LED Out and One for burning questions, burning questions was a really easy way to get a shirt.
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Gjdj3 (author)joejoerowley2008-03-23

I did burning questions but I didn't get a shirt =[. Oh well, I got a patch, to be stuck on other things! Yay!]

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Gjdj3 (author)CameronSS2008-03-24

haha, whooops. I meant to type one of the smiley faces with the equals sign for eyes and a bracket for the mouth. I forgot that brackets do links, sorry!

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