Introduction: Diy Custom T Shirt
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)
-x-acto or razor
Step 1: 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.
Step 2: Run to Walmart
go run to walmart and pick up a package of these they won't carry these exact ones put the will most likely have them. you will find these in the "craft" section of walmart ask some one who works there they will know where they are. if you local walmart doesn't carry them you can check places such as Micheals or A. C. moorse they definitely will have them! also while your there at walmart pick up some t shirts (Black) Now run back home and pop the sheets in your ink jet printer. find a picture off the internet here are some of my favorite websites to go to to get ideas or to steal pictures from: www.my80tees.com, www.jinx.com, www.bustedtees.com, www.crazydodtshirt.com, and www.stylinonline.com . just get the largest picture you can of the design and just "copy it" then open you favorite program for pictures. I like to use print shop 15 but use whatever you have. then open a a new document or new and paste the picture, now make the design you want to what ever size you want it to be on the shirt. if you are using 2-4 pictures on one sheet paste all the designs to one sheet and print it out. make sure you let the ink set for about 30mins.
Step 3: Cutting Time
now that you have the design on the paper its time to cut it out with your trusty x-acto knife or blade. make sure NOT to leave any whit border around unless that is the look your going for. now you should have design cut out like the one in the picture below. as you can see I couldn't find a big picture of the design so I now have a pixelated look but it will still look cool!
Step 4: Ironing Time
now you have to peel the front thin side from the thick "photo papery" back. see picture. then take out you iron, put it to full/ high heat.let it get as hot as can be. iron the spot you are going to lay the design on. this makes for a better surface to stick to. now place the design on the shirt, put some parchment paper on top of the design. now place the HOT iron on the design that is now under the parchment paper MAKE SURE TO GET THE EDGES OF THE DESIGN or you design won't stay very long on the shirt. take the iron and parchment paper off let the design cool in about 30 more minutes repeat the ironing steps this will ensure of a great hold / stick. the black looks a lot lighter than the shirt but when you do the iron process all the colors are bolder and darker
Step 5: In Conclusion............
So in conclusion... to make decent shirts for roughly 5$ each (do the math) and considering things like my Thundercats shirt would run for $20 opposed to $5 it can't get any sweeter!! also as far as washing use ONLY cold water, low wash, and turn the shirt in side out during wash to ensure for a long life of the shirt. oh by the way did you get the impression that i like star wars and Boba Fett?