Have you thought up a wonderful design for a t-shirt? Do you want to see that t-shirt made? Well you can! T-shirt printing at home is a popular way to create unique garments that help you stand out from the crowd. In this blog we’ll show you how you can start t-shirt printing at home.
First and foremost you need a design. If you’re drawing the design yourself, sketch it out several times and work out any kinks. You might want to use some editing software to make you design look great.
What you’ll need
- Screen printing ink
- A screen – These are quite expensive if you’re going to buy one readymade so if you’re on a budget make your own. To do this you’ll need some mesh and a canvas stretcher frame. Stretch it over the frame and staple the edges.
- A sponge
- A sharp knife (be careful with this!)
- Masking tape
- The t-shirt you’re printing on
What to do
- Draw your design on the paper. Make sure that it’s a design that you can easily cut out of the paper using the craft knife. You don’t want to spend hours upon hour’s tiring to cut intricate designs out of paper for a DIY t-shirt. Cut the design out and remember to use something like card board under the paper so you don’t leave knife marks on your lovely worktops!
- Once this has been done, place you stencil down onto the fabric where you want your design. Consider this carefully as once your design is on; it’s on there for good!
- Place your screen on top of the fabric and stencil. Make sure that the stencil is well bordered by tape so that no ink runs off.
- Pour your ink onto the side of the frame that’s facing you.
- Press down on your frame and place your sponge at the top of it.
- Pull the sponge down the frame using pressure.
- Repeat step 6 once or twice and use more ink if you need to.
- Slowly lift the screen off and admire your handiwork!
You’ve just screen printed your first t-shirt. It won’t be long until you’re leading the fashion world with your innovative, unique designs.
Remember, screen printing can be a little messy so don’t do it in the nicest room of the house, and always make sure everything around you is covered.