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I'll show you how you can create, (or steal) any design and transfer to a shirt (even black shirts) all that is needed is
- a inkjet printer
-transfers (found at walmart)
-parchment paper
-iron
-x-acto or razor
-blank shirt
-Time
 
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Step 1: 2 ways to do it

Picture of 2 ways to do it
guess at school I'm condsidered to dress as a punk. maybe its because
A.) I've heard of a belt and I don't have my pants down to my ankles like a "gansta"
B.) I wear converse instead of a pair of $500 Jordans or what ever brand or
C.) I have belt buckles of different Star Wars character's heads (such as Boba Fett) or
D.) I wear usually black shirts. (I also have red, white and Grey shirts I frequently wear)
but any who I make probably make 50% of my shirts. below are 2 different ways to do shirts the one on the right is obviously the batman logo which was done pretty simply by using Jordan's "Another T-Shirt Stencil" tutorial. the only difference is I kept the freezer paper on and waited for it to dry then reapplied a yellow ink then took the freezer paper off and left it to dry. However the on on the left has many different colors and stuff. for this type of shirt design you will need to do a run to walmart.
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benpic102 years ago
A heat press will produce better results
NordiKChicK2 years ago
I design tons of shirts using the transfer sheets I buy from art stores - but the thing i HATE is that invariably they all curl or crack off after the first or second washing. :( 1) Any tips to eliminate the cracking altogether? I really don't think it's a matter of turning the shirt inside out. It still happens. It reminds me of iron-ons from the 1970's - only they don't last at ALL. Boo! and also:
2) I would LOVE to be able to just skip the whole cheapo "iron-on" print out / transfer thing and do the more professional screening thing, but isn't that thousands of dollars and takes up tons of room? This is a hobby of mine. and lastly (sorry to be such a question hog)
3) I AM actually quite proud of the designs I make and get compliments and requests to buy them all the time but , truth be told, I use images from the internet and from pop culture, film,k etc. and their are definite trademark infringement issues. Advice? Warnings? Is it just a big no-no?
You will achieve better results if you use higher quality transfer paper! Just google you'll find more than enough
lcamp3 years ago
This is great. I really like unique shirts, such as home-designed shirts, team shirts, and so on. Thanks for posting this!
do you need special ink
Possumeth3 years ago
Why walmart? :s
SantaB4 years ago
I think I have that same, exact iron at home...
star wars isn't punk...
star wars will never be punk.
infestacool4 years ago
Nice instructable !

I made a business out of making shirts this way in college. you can buy the shirts wholesale online for about $3 each. You can get the screens pretty cheap too. I charged $15 each making a healthy profit. They look very professional and are really easy to make.

The best part is you can make a shirt out of any picture. A little photoshop and basic graphic design and people will ask you where they can buy it.

To answer some people questions
Yes you can wash it.
They do fade over time, though turning them inside out helps.  i've worn shirts made with these for years.
If you dry them on low heat or hang dry they wont crinkle up but i always forgot to do that.
You can use the screens on any color shirt. They are opaque so you dont need to flip the design when you print and they look the same on any color tshirt.  The light color transfers are transparent and you need to flip the design.

These arent only limited to t shirts either Ive made patches and messenger bags using these. Anything that can be ironed.

Also don't worry so much about copyright infringement with logos and stuff. Unless you're selling it no one is going to care.

Though designing your own stuff is more fulfilling.




paltskan4 years ago
 awesome instructable, thanks! do you have any idea how long this will last (with the careful washing and all) because a friend told me it will only last through a couple of washes?
slimguy379 (author)  paltskan4 years ago
um always turn the shirts inside out when washing and if not by hand was at low speeds. but i have a shirt its lasted me a year a little crackling, which leads to chipping but its still hasn't chipped
emokids675 years ago
deff trying this, thanks
goodoldayz5 years ago
does the printed material have to be a specific paper or can a regular piece of printed paper do ? is there a seperate sheet strictly for white shirts ?
slimguy379 (author)  goodoldayz5 years ago
has to be heat transfers, if thats what your asking and yes there are differences between black an whit shirt transfers
cphuph15 years ago
www.cafepress.com is good too
weswert5 years ago
O man that a cool shirt nice job on it too! Boba Fett rules!
wenpherd5 years ago
do they have to be black
slimguy379 (author)  wenpherd5 years ago
thats the purpose of these special kind, is so you can print on black you can also buy irons that are made for white shirts as well
soooooo can you buy them for diffrent color shirts
slimguy379 (author)  wenpherd5 years ago
yes, these are usd on dark colors such as black, or olive , dark blue, any dark color.... an then there are prints for lighter colors such as white and even some greys. do a lil research on this site... youll find a better explanation
mangadragon5 years ago
It's still kinda stealing... but then again, half of the songs and programs on my computer are stolen. Fair enough.
noxvox6 years ago
Really neat work. For girls who want more fitted shirts than Hanes (an excellent choice, to be sure), try on anything you want at Good Will. Your total cost for the shirt will come to $4.00 including tax.
slimguy379 (author)  noxvox5 years ago
yeah yeah I was wondering if there were any women fit shirts out there (like hanes) that I could buy in a bulk for my screen printing designs. multiple input would be greatly appreciated
slimguy379 (author)  noxvox5 years ago
I buy my shirt at 2nd hand stores as well, Im not a gal so I really dont care for the fit but I pick up shirts for $.99- $1.99, good deal, thanks for posting
slimguy379 (author) 5 years ago
sometime soon I will make a video on how to screen print, just as soon as my chemicals come in from ebay
DIYDragon6 years ago
What type of shirts work best for these? I made one today with my own design, but it didn't come out well.. I'm blaming the stretchy type of material the shirt was made out of. I thought it would be Okay, but the design didn't "stick" all the way. : ( 100% cotton best for these or what? Thanks, Tabz.
slimguy379 (author)  DIYDragon6 years ago
i use the the hanes shirts that come 4 to a pack ibelieve they are %100 cotton
Where can I get the transfer sheet? I live on Guam and we don't have most big brand stores like Walmart.
slimguy379 (author)  MrL33TPenguin6 years ago
idk, ac moores, micheals, staple, office max/ depot..... enywheres that sells printers or printer paper.... i guess
OK.... Thanks.
where did you get the boba fett design?
slimguy379 (author)  smarteddaedae6 years ago
Good tut, but if you're gonna take the time to make homemade t-shirts, you should come up with your own new original designs that no one else would ever have instead of making knock-offs of shirts from Target. That defeats the purpose of making custom shirts.
Tru dat
slimguy379 (author)  dashman946 years ago
you don't have to agree with me!! :)
slimguy379 (author)  andyhuntdesigns6 years ago
true you bring out a good point! maybe I'm not that cool or creative..................... NAHHHHHHHH!!!!!
tyeo0986 years ago
You totally forgot about the second part with the freezer paper.
slimguy379 (author)  tyeo0986 years ago
Freezer paper? there is no need for freezer paper, freezer paper is needed only in the 1 ways to make shirts (batman logo) but I brought you to another instrucable because he already did the tutorail (great job at it too!) so I sent you to that tutorial not this one this tutorial is only for iron on transfers (on black NOT white, the white transfers tutorial, have already been done)
Cool man. I'll give this a go. You might want to add in the bit about what the freezer paper is for though. By the way, Boba Fett's the man.
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