One-Of-A-Kind Teacher Shirts

With a little effort, you can create these unique teacher shirts. Buy the supplies, come up with a saying, follow the directions, and presto! have an inexpensive gift that they will love!

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Supplies that you will need:

  • T-Shirt Transfers
  • Transfer Paper (included with above)
  • Household Iron
  • Scissors
  • Any color Inkjet Printer
  • Pillow Case
  • Pre-washed cotton or cotton/poly blend shirt*
  • Ironing Surface: Use hard non-porous surface
  • Fabric Gems (optional)
  • Fabric Gem Glue (optional)


1. Prepare your fabric according to the directions at the bottom of this page.

2. Design your image using any design photo software program (I used Microsoft Word).

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3. Print the photo transfer according to the directions included with the trasfer paper that you buy.

4. Transfer your image onto your item with an iron (again, according to the directions for your specific brand of paper).

5. Let the material cool and add gems using jewel glue (optional step). Let the glue dry for 24 hours before moving it around, wearing it, or washing it.

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Useful Tips:

  • I used Printworks Premium T-Shirt Transfers For Any Color Fabric, but you can use any brand of transfer paper that you can find in your local craft store.

  • You can find shirts (or aprons/bags) at a craft store very inexpensively (I saw heavyweight white t-shirts for $3.00 at our Benjamin Franklin store). If you don't want to use a plain white shirt, look for shirts on clearance racks throughout the year (check that they are cotton or a cotton/poly blend).

  • Make sure that you buy the shirt a little big! People will wear something if it is a little baggy, but will not wear it if it's too small.
  • Get creative with the image on the front! Search the web to find quotes or sayings that would look good on teacher shirts.

  • Practice printing your image on a plain white piece of paper before you put the real deal in the printer. I printed it out and held it up to the shirt to see if I liked the size of it before I put it on a transfer.

  • If you are doing a one line saying, you can probably get two different projects on one transfer sheet.

  • Include care instructions for your item on a small tag or card. These should be listed on the directions that came with your transfer paper. The paper that I used says to wash inside out with like colors and lay flat to dry.

    * These transfers would also look great on aprons, bags, or any other cotton or cotton/poly blend material. To prepare the material BEFORE YOU START THIS PROJECT, you must wash it to remove any sizing applied during the manufacturing process. Wash in cold water with regular detergent. DO NOT ADD BLEACH OR FABRIC SOFTENER TO THE WASH. Dry on a normal setting. DO NOT ADD FABRIC SOFTENER SHEETS. You may need to iron the material after it comes out of the dryer to make sure that it's really flat.

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