- Do you have a message, image, logo, or photo you want to share with the world? Print it on a T-shirt! You don’t need to pay a screen printer or invest in fancy equipment to make your own T-shirts. It’s simple to make them at home using a special paper, your inkjet printer, and an iron.
Custom-made T-shirts are a great way to personalize your wardrobe. And if you’re searching for the perfect gift, look no further: Customized T-shirts make unforgettable presents. Ready to get started? Keep reading for step-by-step instructions to use your printer to make T-shirts, plus tips for caring for homemade T-shirts.
First, decide whether you want to print on a light-colored or a dark-colored T-shirt. Dark-colored T-shirts require a different type of transfer paper and different instructions. Note: Use the tutorial for black and dark shirts if your design has any white in it and your T-shirt is not white, even if the shirt is beige or another light color. Most home printers don’t have white ink. Instead, the white parts of an image are left blank, and they look white when printed on white paper. Light T-shirt transfer paper has a transparent background, so the white parts of an image will turn out the same color as the shirt. Dark T-shirt transfer paper includes a white background.
In the first tutorial, we’ll show you how to print on light-colored T-shirts, and in the second we’ll show you how to print on dark-colored T-shirts.
Iron-on transfers are washable and durable, but they fade over time. Follow these tips to keep your custom-made T-shirts looking vibrant as long as possible.
- Wait at least 24 hours before the first washing. You can wear it during this time.
- Turn the T-shirt inside out when washing it.
- Use a detergent designed to keep colors from fading. Don’t use bleach.
- Set the water temperature to cool or warm, and use the regular or normal wash setting.
- Turn the T-shirt inside out when ironing it.
Do you have a favorite quote, image, group or team, personal or company event, or cause you care about? Feature it on a T-shirt! Making T-shirts at home is a great way to personalize your wardrobe and create memorable gifts.