Make It Your Own

Make it unique. Make it yourself. Make it your own

Make your own t-shirt 29 May, 2007

Filed under: Craft,Travel,Weekly useful stuff — makeityourown @ 2:02 pm

Hi there and happy Tuesday

This week there have been happenings in the Adelaide yarnosphere and I’ll give you some tips on designing your own t-shirt.

On the weekend I did some woolly things with a woolly friend. My friend objected to being called woolly but we still had a nice time. First there was the Adelaide Hill Spinners and Weavers open day at the Littlehampton Hall. Represented were all the stages of wool to see and buy: fleeces, tops, sliver, yarn, dyes, wheels, and finished objects of the knitted, felted and woven kind. No actual sheep though. Oh well. Spinners and Weavers are very friendly people. I bought some grey English Leicester tops for spinning and some hand dyed wool. For the uninitiated, tops and sliver are wool that is washed and brushed and ready to spin. Too much wool is never enough.

Next on to Lobethal to see the Gumeracha spinners compete in the Back to Back Wool Challenge. All those years of living in the Adelaide Hills mean that I can drive from Littlehampton to Lobethal without really thinking and I know at least 5 different ways to do it. The Back to Back Wool Challenge is a competition where teams from around the world try to take the least time to get wool from a sheep’s back on to a person’s back in the form of a knitted jumper. The sheep must be hand shorn (no electric clippers), hand spun and hand knitted. Sheep are very patient creatures. Here is one being hand shorn the old fashioned way and some sweet-faced sheep.

Hand shearing



Well not quite make it but find a plain one and make it your own with your own design.

You will need a t-shirt of any colour, a colour photocopier, opaque iron on transfer paper (the kind that will transfer on to a dark coloured t-shirt), an iron, a picture or design of A4 size or smaller. Your design can be made with paint, pencil, pen, collage or any other medium as long as it is flat and can be copied. Iron on transfer paper can be bought at the larger stationary and office supply stores. It costs about $20 for 5 A4 sheets. If your designs are small, you can fit 2 on one sheet and save a little money.

First make your picture or design. Paint a picture, draw a logo, or write your business slogan in large letters. Make a design that is unique and sums you up or just something that the recipient of the t-shirt will like. Make sure the design fits on to an A4 sheet of paper.

Colour copy your design on to a sheet of plain white paper. How does it look? Will it fit on the t-shirt? When you are happy with the design, copy it on to the iron on transfer paper, following the instructions on the packet.

Transfer the design on to your t-shirt, following the packet instructions.

You now have your a personalised t-shirt. It doesn’t say anything you don’t want it to. In fact it says something about you and your t-shirt is unique. If you want to make more than one t-shirt the same, just copy the design on to another sheet of transfer paper. This is a very easy way to make a small number of t-shirts all the same and an easy way to advertise your business, promote your hobby or create a uniform for your team. I think it is an excellent way to create individual clothing on a budget.

On a white or pastel t-shirt you can also use clear transfers which are cheaper. The main drawback is that you must have a scanner to scan your design. Clear transfers are a little different and the design must be printed on in mirror image form. By using the opaque transfers, all you need is a copier (though you could still scan and then print your design on to the transfer paper) and they can be used on any colour background.

This could be a great activity for the kids in the holidays and if their designs are cute, the family could all receive a t-shirt for Christmas designed by the kids.

Here are a couple that I have been wearing.



We have been picking beans, lettuce, carrots and coriander. That’s about it at the moment. All the beans came out on the weekend and they are going to be replaced with spinach, baby broccoli and peas. The chickens continue to lay happily and their mobile house has been move on to a nice grassy patch. They are becoming more tame and actually let me pat them.


This week’s book review is The Backyard Permaculture Garden by Linda Woodrow. Go to the book reviews page to read it.

That’s it for this week. Next week: grow and make your own herbal tea. Remember to live your life and make it your own.



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