Living for less: Custom clothes


Living for Less Series: custom heat transfer clothes.

'Living for less' is the name for a short series of posts to come this Spring!
In the past I've found myself spending a lot of money on unofficial merchandise - I don't mean fake Michael Kors and that, but unofficial graphic tees - pokemon namely - as well as bands I like. Whilst I've been happy with the majority of them, I now feel as though I've spent money that I could have been saving.

You're going to need:

Heat transfer paper:
- You can get heat transfer paper from pound shops, and also stationary stores and Amazon.

A printer.

A program like Microsoft Publisher (Alternatively, for free there's OpenOffice Draw)
- You can use paint but I find it's not as effective, you'll need a program to adjust your image on.

A plain T-shirt.
- This can be a plain vest or t shirt you have lying about the house or opt for a multi-pack of crew necks from George, Asda.

Iron & Iron board.

Some help if you're as useless as I am.

My chosen image:

I chose a simply 8 bit image of Pikachu following Ash. If need be you can alter the brightness and saturation on your image in program, and depending on how technical and precise you want to go - or if you want to produce your own designs - you can complete it on programs like Photoshop.
I found when doing T-Shirts, simply ensuring the document was A4 sized gave enough of a visual measurement for me to then print it out. With a bit of re-sizing and basic adjustments and a backwards* image, it was ready to go.
* Ensure your image is flipped horizontally, so it appears backwards. This ensures that the image reads right on the T Shirt (or other chosen print material).*

When printing ensure the paper type setting (if available) is set to photo paper, best quality.

After a lot of waiting and patience - my printer is awfully slow, especially when you higher the dots per inch...goodness - the print was complete and I then waited about 30 minutes for it to dry.

The ironing:

This is where I needed some assistance from Sam (le boyfriend/helper) as I ended up burning my attempt. Nevertheless, put the iron on the right setting (I can't advise you there, I'm sorry), ensuring the picture is how you want it (straight, at a certain angle) and iron away. Just try not to spend about an hour meticulously aligning the transfer as Sam did...;) 

The finished result: Ta-Dah! 

I remember about two years ago I spent over £20 on a similar t shirt, now I feel silly because it was achieved with little to no effort. 

I don't have much of an obligation to buying said t shirts, but wow it's saved me a lot crafting it myself. 

In addition to this I also crafted some custom underwear. I'd been wanting Pokemon ones or a while, but other than Etsy (which I adore, I just can't afford everything I want) I haven't been able to find any. 

So, I made my own.

Costing £4 for a pack of 4 shorts from George, Asda,  and using one out of the two sheets of paper in my packet of paper from Poundland, it cost me £1.25 per custom pair of pants. (I've made two though so far)

What's exciting is that it's sparked the basis for a new hobby; I don't just mean copying and pasting images and printing them out - but creating my own designs. As well as this, I might learn how to use an iron. 

Next time I'll be chatting about crochet...!

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