Make Custom, One-Off T-Shirts The Cheap And Easy Way

Making your own customer t-shirts is awesome, but it can get a little pricey and excessive if you have to order in bulk. The quality of inkjet transfers isn't exactly ideal, either. Fortunately, Instructables user Matthew Vieke has a great solution that requires just a shirt, a permanent marker and a few other optional items:

  1. A tracing box (which can be made with two push-on lights and a clear storage container)
  2. Masking tape
  3. Photoshop, or some other graphics software

Matthew's method is to take a monotone, high-contrast image (or use software to make one that way), print it out, use the tracing box to project the design through the t-shirt, and fill in the blanks with your marker. This can be a little time-consuming, but it can also be a relaxing activity that you can do while listening to a podcast. In the end you'll have a one-of-a-kind t-shirt that you designed yourself.

Easy Method for Custom T-Shirts [Instructables]


    That's pretty poor. It's really not hard to cut out a stencil out of some sort of plastic and use fabric paint.

    Why lots of LH articles come from Instructables? Are these two sites related in any way?

      There's no official relationship between the sites as far as I can tell, they just have a lot of crossover. Lifehacks often involve building/making things, and instructables is a great way of writing up builds.

    Or you could just visit

    Wait a minute, free advertising!

    McDonalds, I'm loving it.

    I once made a t-shirt by laser printing my design and then ironing it on. Works pretty well. I think I may have printed on baking paper. Got the idea from how you do DIY PCBs.

    A lot of serious art stores can make a riso screen for you for around $12. All they need is a hard copy, usually. The level of detail you can get is pretty impressive, I think.

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