Introduction: Super Cheap Team T-shirts

Everyone may like the idea of team t-shirts, but to have them professionally made is super expensive. This instructable will show you how to make super cheap team t-shirts with few supplies.

Step 1: Supplies

Here are the supplies you will need:
printer paper (w/computer + printer)
black/dark colored t-shirts
fabric paint
measuring tape
clothes pins
black pen/marker
cardboard (not pictured)
tape & scissors (not pictured)

Step 2: Setup

You're going to want to put a piece of cardboard in the shirt to make sure that nothing leaks to the other side (it shouldn't but it doesn't hurt to have a hard, flat surface to paint on). You can clip the shirt to the cardboard so nothing moves around while you're painting. 

Next, you're going to want to print out whatever you're putting on the shirt, in the size that you want it to be on the shirt itself. In this case, I had letters, but you can put images in there, so long as you feel comfortable tracing over those images later.

Of course, the design may not fit on one line or one piece of paper, so you may have to go through, cut, and tape the paper so the design is how you want it. If you want to use minimal ink, I would suggest adjusting the color so it's something light, but still something that you can see on the other side of the paper if you have the printout against a white surface. In this case, I printed out the lettering in grey rather than black. If cutting and taping produces some overlap that makes it challenging to see through, come in with a pen/marker. 

Step 3: Trace

So, like I said before, you can use whatever design you like so long as you feel comfortable tracing. You're going to want to take your chalk and trace over the whole design, in the way that you want the design to look. This will serve as a guide for where to put the fabric paint. I have a piece of blank, white printer paper under the printout so the design is easy to see while I'm tracing. 

Step 4: On the Shirt

Once you have traced over your design with chalk, put the chalked side of the printout on the shirt in the position that you want it to be. This is where the measuring tape comes in handy - you're going to want the design to be in the same place on all of the shirts, so keep in mind where you're putting the chalk. You're going to have to press down and move it around ever so slightly so that chalk transfers, but if you chalked it enough, this shouldn't be an issue. If there are some empty patches in the design, feel free to come in with the chalk to fill in. As long as you have most of the design already in place, this shouldn't be too challenging.

Then you can come in with the fabric paint!

Step 5: Final Steps & Considerations

Once you have traced your lettering/design/whatever you chose, you can come in with another color and add to it to make it your own. Here, I added a neon pink fabric paint --- I think the white really makes it pop. 

Repeat this process with all the other team t-shirts. I would suggest doing each step on all the shirts at one time, but you can repeat the process for each shirt if supplies is limited. 

Things to consider:
-This technique works with black/darker colored shirts. I *would not* suggest trying this technique with charcoal and a white shirt because the charcoal would be impossible to get out. White chalk tends to rub away easily though.
-It may be a good idea to practice using the fabric paint on another surface before you paint directly onto the shirt. Knowing how to handle the fabric paint bottles can take a little practice, so it certainly couldn't hurt
-You may want to have a paper towel next to you while you are using the fabric paint so as to wipe away any excess that may build up around the tip. This can be helpful if you're trying to paint clean lines, like I did here.
-Wait a few hours before you come in with another color of paint. The paint needs to dry, and you'll be really annoyed with yourself if you mess up the work you did beforehand.
-Make sure you turn the shirts inside out before washing them!