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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
-x-acto or razor
-blank shirt

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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EllieT316 hours ago

sounds cool!

lrussi1111124 days ago
How many shirts per ink cartridge?
TautalanoaF2 months ago
Hosting our family reunion just now become easier. Thanks! :)
TristanL3 months ago
dude thank you so much for this. You have no idea how expensive it is for me to do a custom print t shirts. This is actually going to you allow me to make a Mothers Day shirt for my mom. She loves Thor. I'm going to print Thor's armor on the front of the shirt and then I'm going to put "its my boyfriends shirt" on it. Thank you so much.
ChadB25 months ago

Thanks, I'll give this a try! I enjoyed your, guess at school I'm condsidered to dress as a punk...

amy.brchtt11 months ago

This is going to be very useful as my son loves TapOut stuff and it costs a fortune. I am going to be doing some experimenting very soon :) Thanks!

CoriK11 months ago

how many times do you repeat ironing?

CaitlinM111 months ago

Nice instructions! I will give this a try

benpic103 years ago
A heat press will produce better results
NordiKChicK3 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
lcamp4 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
Possumeth4 years ago
Why walmart? :s
SantaB5 years ago
I think I have that same, exact iron at home...
star wars isn't punk...
star wars will never be punk.
infestacool5 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.

paltskan5 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)  paltskan5 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
emokids676 years ago
deff trying this, thanks
goodoldayz6 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)  goodoldayz6 years ago
has to be heat transfers, if thats what your asking and yes there are differences between black an whit shirt transfers
cphuph16 years ago
www.cafepress.com is good too
weswert6 years ago
O man that a cool shirt nice job on it too! Boba Fett rules!
wenpherd6 years ago
do they have to be black
slimguy379 (author)  wenpherd6 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)  wenpherd6 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
mangadragon6 years ago
It's still kinda stealing... but then again, half of the songs and programs on my computer are stolen. Fair enough.
noxvox7 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)  noxvox7 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)  noxvox7 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) 7 years ago
sometime soon I will make a video on how to screen print, just as soon as my chemicals come in from ebay
DIYDragon7 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)  DIYDragon7 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)  MrL33TPenguin7 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?
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