How To

SUPPLIES:

You will need an inkjet printer, a pre-washed t-shirt (cotton or cotton/polly blend), pillow case, iron, a hard surface.

PREPARE THE TRANSFER:

Find your favorite image.  Click it until you see the “print ready” version.  On your screen, it will look too big to fit on a piece of paper, but that has to do with screen vs. print resolution, dots per inch, and… stop worrying that’s the one you want.  Right click and “Save Images As.”

Print the image. Make sure you print preview to ensure it only takes one piece of paper.  There are a million different printers.  They’re all different.  You’re going to have to figure out if you have to do anything special…

PREPARE THE T-SHIRT:

Make sure you wash the shirt.  This removes any chemicals the manufacturer may have left on it to preserve its shelf life (full disclosure: I may have made that last part up), but do it anyway that way you know it’s not going to shrink.

PREPARE THE IRON AND SURFACE:

Remove any water from the iron.  Moisture = BAD. Turn the iron up to the highest cotton setting.  Lay your pillow case on the hard surface and iron it smooth.  Make sure your hard surface can withstand heat (if you didn’t figure that one out on your own, however, you deserve to ruin your non-heat-withstanding-table).

Lay your shirt on the pillow case, and iron your shirt smooth.  Let it cool (a bit).

PEELING THE BACK OFF THE TRANSFER:

I’ll be honest, this is a pain in the butt.  Try using your finger nail or a tweezers to separate the two pieces.  They do separate, but it is tough to get it going.

Tip: once you have separation, pull on the backing, not the transfer, you might rip the transfer if you pull on it too hard.

THE LAST STEP(S):

Place the overlay paper over the transfer, and iron the thing on.  I could spend pages discussing ironing technique, but basically just don’t wrinkle it while you iron.  Start from the edge, work your way towards the middle… etc.

Tip: ironing too long, will bring the color of the shirt through the transfer.  This gives the T-Shirt a vintage effect.

Let everything cool for a while, peel the overlay off, and boom..! you’re done.