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Make Your Own T-Shirt

by Lyn

Materials:

  • 1 T-shirt
  • 1 sheet Inkjet Transfer Paper
  • Your Photograph or Artwork
  • Scanner, if photo is not already on computer
  • Computer and Inkjet Printer
  • 1 piece Cardboard
  • Home Iron


Instructions:
1. Scan a photograph or image into your computer or use a copyright-free image from the internet. Adjust and crop your image to your liking. Remember that the image will be reversed in the transfer process so that text that reads correctly on the computer screen will be backwards when you transfer. Use the mirror image tool with your software to reverse the text.
2. Print a test copy on regular paper first to be sure you like the color and layout, then print the image on the dull (uncolored) side of the transfer paper (the side without the green stripe).
3. Cut out the printed image, cutting away the blank unprinted areas.
4. Place the image where you'd like it to go on the shirt. You can mark it lightly with a pencil (or a Wonder Marker or Vanishing Marker), if necessary.
5. Preheat the iron at the hottest setting (cotton, NO STEAM). Place the fabric on a hard surface (insert a piece of cardboard or other hard material to separate the front of the shirt from the back). Iron to remove wrinkles and any moisture in the fabric, and to preheat the fabric.
6. Place the transfer image side down on the fabric.
7. Press iron firmly over the transfer for 15-20 seconds in each position (start in the middle and work in a circular fashion towards the outer edge to eliminate bubbles) until entire transfer has been covered.
8. Heat the entire surface again using a circular motion.
9. Peel back one corner to see if the transfer has been made. If not, iron more!
10. Peel the paper backing off while hot for a satin finish or cold for a glossy finish.
11. That's it! Your shirt is ready to wear!

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