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18 January 2011

Tutorial: How to print a tshirt

Dylon Image Maker Tutorial
Dylon Image Maker Tutorial

Ever since I posted about the Francoise Hardy T-shirt, I've been receiving comments and emails asking for more information. So I've made a short tutorial for you. I did say previously that you only need three things - A printed image, a T-shirt and a tube of Dylon Image Maker which isn't strictly true but the rest of the items are things that are likely to be lying around or forgotten in the back of drawers.

Instead of a using a photograph this time I used a scan of my favourite Keats poem, Bright Star. Naively, I choose to type it on our old type writer. A task that is far easier said than done, about seven attempts later I had a copy with only a few small mistakes. Those girls at Stirling, Cooper, Draper, Pryce make it look a breeze but let me tell you... It is not! I scanned the typed page, rectified my mistakes in Photoshop, re-sized and flipped it then printed it at 300dpi.

Dylon Image Maker Tutorial
Dylon Image Maker Tutorial

I choose a neutral toned men's t-shirt from H&M, they are only a few pounds and come in most colours. This one off sets the brown paper nicely and is the perfect colour for Spring, whenever it comes along. I didn't actually mean for the print to look distressed, I was just a little over zealous when I removed the paper. I don't think it matters here but if you would like a pristine print then go slowly and gently whilst sponging off the paper.

Dylon Image Maker Tutorial
Dylon Image Maker Tutorial

There are a few important tips to remember when printing. All new fabric should be washed before printing to ensure that any finish that is often on new clothing is removed, otherwise it will impair the print. The image should be 300dpi and flipped horizontally, otherwise it will be back-to-front on the final print. Finally it is best to print on light fabric otherwise your print will not be as clear as it could be.

You will need:
Printed of photocopied image
Tube of Dylon Image Maker
T-shirt
Rolling Pin
Plastic bags/Grease proof paper
Old tea towel
Paint brush
Sponge


First cut out the image and work out where you want to print it. I mark this in with pins because once the paper is wet its much harder to put it in the right place. Once you've done this, put a plastic bag inside the t-shirt so that the paste can't seep through.

Place image printed side up onto grease proof paper, NOT newspaper like in my picture as the news print can run into your print. Squeeze the paste onto your image and brush over with a clean paintbrush. The image should be covered completely, especially the edges.

Place the image on the fabric, paste side down. Smooth the paper down to ensure that there are no wrinkles. Cover with an old tea towel and roll over with a rolling pin, horizontally then vertically. Leave to dry thoroughly, the instructions on the packet say to leave it over night but I've always left it next to warm radiator and it's always worked out fine.

Once dry, wet the paper thoroughly with a water soaked sponge. With your finger or sponge, gently begin rubbing until the top layer of the paper can be rolled off. Leave the t-shirt to dry and remove the remainder of the fuzz from the image using a damp sponge.

Finally, allow your garment to dry thoroughly. Place a few drops of Image Maker onto your image and rub in gently with a piece of cloth to seal the transferred image.

Washing:
Do not wash garment within the first 72 hours. Wash item by hand in lukewarm water or in a washing machine, on a 30°C gentle cycle. Turn garment inside out prior to washing, dry garment and do not iron over the transfer.

I hope this is helpful but if you have any other questions, I'll do my best to answer them. If you decide to try it out, I'd love to see how it turns out and what you choose. Send me pictures!

47 comments:

  1. gorgeous <3 i want to do this!

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  2. Will definitely be doing this now! Thanks for sharing x

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  3. Brilliant Caitie, Love it. Inspried x

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  4. this is absolutely amazing.
    i can't believe you typed out that whole poem backwards!

    xo
    sami

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  5. Thank you for sharing, Cait! It's looks great! By the way, I love this Keats' poem <3

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  6. so you just glued the paper to the shirt and how do you wash this!

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  7. Yajaira,

    It isn't glue, it's a transfer paste called Dylon Image Maker. All the information is in the post.

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  8. Thank you for the tutorial! Will any old printer paper work for this?

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  9. Wow thank you for sharing it Cait! You make me want to do my own spring t-shirt, I just have to find out the equivalent of Dylon Image Maker here in Italy ;)
    I love your new print! Have a lovely evening,
    Ale

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  10. Gorgeous! Thanks so much for sharing this, I got a tube of the image maker for Christmas along with some fabric pens and I have been a bit stuck for inspiration! xx

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  11. wow! i absoulutely love this! i need to get me some dylon image maker!!! :D xx

    www.youlookpretty.blogspot.com

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  12. Thank you for this! I will definitelly make at least one! Btw for how many T-shirts is the 50ml tube (just to have an idea)?

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  13. After your last post I looked everywhere to find Dylon Image maker or similar but couldn't find it anywhere :( Ended up using iron-on paper which doesn't look as good...

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  14. Megan, yep just plain old paper is fine.

    Meg, I've made two from the tube I have right now and I still have enough for another. The first one I made was pretty big so you could probably get four medium prints from one tube.

    Vanessa, You can buy it from amazon.co.uk

    Cait x

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  15. This is such a great tutorial. I can't wait to do this myself.


    paperwhales.blogspot.com

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  16. Oooh, this is a really interesting tutorial! Thanks for taking the time to make it - I really love how the t-shirt came out!

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  17. I'm so glad you posted this! I really want to try this now, yours looks gorgeous!
    xoxo

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  18. oh my, you look gorgeous!! and i'll definitely try that out, thanks! love love love.

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  19. This is so pretty, I'll definitely be trying it!

    xx

    http://www.bonjourbellerue.blogspot.com

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  20. i love this, the photographs themselves are so lovely to look at xx

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  21. Thanks for the tutorial, I've been planning to do this myself but can't choose what image I want!

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  22. Wow! I am so trying this! Thanks so much, and keep the tutorials coming!
    xoxo,
    Gina

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  23. Thank you! I'm totally going to try this out.

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  24. I love this! I just had a million ideas what I want to print on a shirt haha

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  25. Oh, I need to buy that paste. I've always wanted to make some DIY t-shirts.

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  26. Great tutorial, I deffo want to try this out! x

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  27. this is so inspiring, can't wait to do it now! thanks so much cait!
    xx

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  28. Good stuff here. I would definitely recommend this one. thanks for the post.

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  29. oh awesome, thanks so much for this, it looks great and really different. Lovely blog too, I love all your The Like pics. I love them! xo

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  30. Thanks for putting this together. I'm in love with this. I'll let you know if I try it myself.

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  31. i've never heard of image maker before, and i'm so curious that i think i'm going to have to give this a try. i've only seen the paper that you print directly on and then iron on to the shirt (which usually looks like a mess, and flakes easily). yours looks much nicer!

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  32. Bitch, Im totally going to have to do this now, it looks ace.

    Maybe I could convince my beloved to buy me a radio on his way home from work tomorrow, you know so I can be completely on your bandwagon.

    PS TEXT ME BACK

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  33. ooo noooo you've got a real realll machine so cool !!
    ooh I WISH i have one !!

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  34. I love this tutorial - I am so on it!! Off to order the tube of image maker now!

    (What is 300dpi? Is that the size of the picture?! I am techincally challenged!!)

    thank you :)

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  35. wow this is completely amazing!!! thanks for this, i am totally going to do this for myself now - theyre beautiful!
    ps. i am your newest follower! :) would love if you'd check out my blog sometime
    xxx
    www.rosie-glow.blogspot.com

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  36. Shopgirl,

    300dpi is the print setting. It stands for Dots Per Inch, most images online are 72dpi so you need a high res image for a clear print.

    Cait x

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  37. GOOD JOP!!!
    love your idea
    thanks..

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  38. Wow amazing!

    I am a new follower of you blog btw ^^
    I adore it :D

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  39. this is fantastic. I never knew transferring an image onto a tshirt could be so easy! thank you :)

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  40. did a little blog post of my own this morning using you as total picture/image inspiration to go with my ramblings on tees:

    http://bargainbex.blogspot.com/2011/02/denim-days-fit-to-tee.html

    thanks for the daily dose of awesomeness!

    bex.

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  41. I had no idea this was possible! LOVE IT!

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  42. I really liked the article, and the very cool blog

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  43. This is dreamy!!!!! Gotta do this!! xx

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  44. How long does the image last on the t-shirt?

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  45. Lovely tutorial! Do you know whether it would work for colour(ed) images?

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  46. Absolutely beautiful photos, I love your blog, thank you!

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