How to print T-shirts.

It has probably happened to many of us that when we see an original design or drawing, we immediately think "I want a t-shirt, shirt, dress, trousers, etc. with that printed on it right here! But as it has probably also happened to us, there is nothing on the market like what we imagined.

Printed T-shirts

Here's a solution: the process for making a printed on a T-shirt homemade. A great way to "customise" their clothes, practice their artistic skills and have some fun. You can also browse through the huge gallery on eBay and choose the T-shirt you like best.

We will need the following:

  • Garment of choice: any garment made of cotton or synthetic fabric, except leather. (Buy on eBay)
  • Fabric paint in the required colours. (Buy on Amazon)
  • Brushes. (Buy on Amazon)
  • White paper and newsprint.
  • Carbon paper.
  • Tracing paper.
  • Iron and ironing surface.
  • Pins.
  • A board made of a hard material, hard enough not to bend and allow the chichetas to stick. As it serves as a rigid board, it should be large enough to cover the entire drawing.


- Prepare the board for use: line it with newspaper, one or two layers. Then line it again, but with the white paper.

- Wash the garment with water only and leave to dry. This is necessary to remove the sizing and to allow the paint to adhere properly. Ironing is optional.

- Prepare the garment on the board: fix the garment on the board with the tacks, which also serve the purpose of centring the area on the board where the design is to be placed. The fabric should be neither too stiff nor too loose, it should be stretched as if it were being worn. The surface where the paint is to be applied should be the outer side of the canvas.

- Transfer the drawing to the canvas: at this stage, it all depends on the individual's drawing ability. The outlines can be drawn directly with a pencil or a thin marker. Otherwise, the drawing should be traced and transferred onto light-coloured carbon paper, such as yellow or white.

- Painting. It is up to the person concerned to choose the brushes and paints. It is not necessary to finish the work in one day, but once finished, let it dry for a day, maximum two days.

- Ironing: turn the garment inside out (the area in contact with the skin facing outwards). Place a layer of white paper on each side of the pattern, lay it on a flat surface and iron it. The iron should be hot and should rest gently for a few seconds on one side of the pattern, not in the traditional ironing motion. Repeat two or three more times and continue until you have covered the entire painted surface.

Ready. Once cooled, the t-shirt will be printed and ready for use.

8 thoughts on “Cómo estampar camisetas.”

  1. hello emmm...
    my question is:
    What kind of paint would you recommend to paint the t-shirt and where can I get it?

  2. Alejandro Zurita

    Yes, the shirts can be washed like any normal shirt. Just a few days after the procedure has been carried out. Just in case.
    As for the ironing procedure, what you have to do is to turn the garment inside out. In other words, turn out the part in contact with the skin. Then put a sheet of paper on both sides of the surface where you made the print. If you don't have something big enough, you can move the one you have. The hot iron is only applied for a few seconds by applying pressure, not by moving it as if you were ironing normally. If you have any questions, ask us, we are here to answer them.

  3. O: very useful!!! I was just looking for this tutorial!! hey but I have a doubt...can the shirts be washed afterwards?? or how??? and how is the ironing part...because the truth is that I didn't understand very well :$:$

  4. Muy bueno y util vivo muy agradecido, por vuestros concejos y enseñanzas, me gustaria si alguien tuviera los concimiento de como hacer pintura plastica seria maravillosa sin mas un saludo

  5. Herr Manneling

    I love the idea jijiji, I'll try it soon, let's see if you don't destroy too many t-shirts XD

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