DIY T-Shirts

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I love personalized things. Anything, really. So creating t-shirts is a great way to personalize an event or memory. For a long time, we’ve been making our own t-shirts. Brian and I made shirts in 2000 for everyone that went to Michigan for the NASCAR race. They had all of the years everyone attended a race on the back, and the front had a picture of our favorite driver. Since the boys were born, I’ve made them for each trip to the Indianapolis 500, as well as for other things, like the 2013 Blackhawks Championship parade, and when I wanted the boys to help me convince Brian we should go to Disney World. Oh, and for our Girls Gone Mild outings too!

image   image   Indy 2015

It’s actually very simple. You just need a computer, a printer, some transfer paper, and an iron. The most time is spent on creating your layout, which can be done in Word. Once you’ve figured that out, it’s just printing, cutting and ironing. Super easy!

What you need:

  • Iron On Transfer paper
  • PC to design your transfer
  • Printer
  • T-shirt or other fabric item


How to assemble:

  1. Decide on your layout. I usually work in Word, using images and text. A transfer page is 8 1/2 x 11, so one page in Word is the same as a sheet. Test your layout on regular paper first. I usually cut it out and see how it looks on the item, to ensure I have the right sizing.
  2. Once you’re happy with the layout, print it on the transfer paper. With most paper, there is no need to flip the image.
  3. Cut the image out and remove the backing from the transfer. This can be difficult to start, so take care not to ruin the edges of your transfer.
  4. Position the transfer on the item, and decide where it will be ironed on.
  5. Follow the instructions provided with your paper to iron the image onto the item. Do not over iron, this will burn the transfer.
  6. Allow to completely cool before wearing.

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