Custom T shirts are an affordable way to add a little edge to your style and showcase your creativity. Designer versions can be pricy, but if you enjoy making things and have a few hours to spare you can easily create your own unique look for far less cash. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination, but here are a few ideas to get you started:
1) Decide on a background. A simple white or colored T-shirt makes a great blank canvas but if you like a less clean-cut look you could begin by sewing together two T-shirts in contrasting colors or different patterns. If you decide to mix it up, bear in mind that different fabrics react differently to stitching, painting and transfer treatments. For best results, choose materials of a similar thickness and fiber content or cut off a small patch from a less visible area (such as the inside hem) to test how they will both react to whatever embellishments you have in mind.
2) Add some text. The easiest way to do this is to use a custom T-shirt printing service to add a creative message to your T-shirt – find out more about this. You could also experiment with fabric paint and stencils, or print text out from your computer onto iron-on transfer paper specifically designed for the purpose.
3) Experiment with scissors. One of the great things about using jersey as a fabric is that it doesn’t fray when cut. Within seconds, you can give your garment a custom, vintage look by changing the neckline, shortening the length or adding cut-outs. You can also slice the material and tie it in knots to create a more fitted silhouette.
4) Add some color to your design. You could splatter fabric paint or use it with stencils for an urban look. Don’t worry about making it perfect – a slightly randomized texture will give your design a more authentic feel. For more delicate or intricate drawings, fabric pens will give you more control. These are available in a variety of textures, including smooth pens that work like permanent marker, glitter varieties and raised inks that offer a fluffy, 3D effect.
5) Sew or iron on embellishments. A visit to your local haberdashery store can provide inspiration. Sequins, patches, ribbons, tassels and other finishing touches can add a little pizzazz to your creation and help pull the look together.