How to Put a Picture on a T-Shirt Using Freezer Paper

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Screen-printed T-shirts can cost a considerable amount, especially when you consider that the only difference between a plain and printed T-shirt is a little paint. Transfer your own sketches onto the front of plain T-shirts to sell, give as gifts or wear yourself, using a little freezer paper. The only added expense is the cost of the paper and fabric paint when you design and make your own T-shirts.

Things You'll Need

  • Freezer paper
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife
  • T-shirt
  • Iron
  • Cardboard
  • Fabric paint
  • Foam brush

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Sketch a design you want for your T-shirt on the non-waxy side of the freezer paper using a pencil.

Cut out the design using a craft knife.

Lay the stencil you created onto the T-shirt, where you want the picture to be, with the waxy side down.

Set your iron on the heat setting for cotton with the steam function turned off.

Iron the wax paper onto the T-shirt until the wax has melted, temporarily adhering the paper to the shirt.

Slide a piece of cardboard inside the shirt to protect the second layer of the shirt from the paint that may bleed through.

Use a foam brush to dab fabric paint over the stencil to transfer the picture onto the shirt.

Gently peel the wax paper from the shirt and wait for the paint to dry.


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