After my oldest was born I gave my husband a “Best Dad Ever” shirt. That shirt has been well worn so I thought it was time to get him a new one just in time for Father’s Day. I went shopping in some of the local stores and online but didn’t find anything I liked. That’s when I decided to make my husband this shirt.
- Photoshop, Photoshop Elements or other photo editing software
- navy cotton t-shirt (purchased at Michaels)
- Jolee’s Boutique Easy Image iron on transfer for dark shirts (also purchased at Michaels)
- heat resistant surface (but not an ironing board)
- paper cutter and photo corner rounder (or scissors)
- Wash the shirt as suggested by the Jolee’s directions. (While the shirt was in the dryer, my husband decided to take the laundry out of the dryer so I was holding my breath that he wouldn’t wonder about a blank t-shirt!)
- Use photo editing software to personalize the design with photos.
- Print the design on the transfer paper. The Jolee’s directions were explicit about not flipping the design before printing. Paper and ink settings for several different printer brands was provided in the Jolee’s directions.
- Ready a heat resistant surface and turn on iron. (I used a large piece of cardboard for my hard surface.)
- Use a paper trimmer and corner rounder to cut off the excess transfer paper.
- Iron the shirt.
- Remove the backing off the transfer paper.
- Place the transfer paper on the t-shirt where desired.
- Use the iron as directed in the Jolee’s directions.
The design I created for the shirt can be downloaded as a PSD template for you to add your own photos using Photoshop or Photoshop Elements. This will allow you to change the colors or add to the design as you please. A PNG version of the design is also included for use in other photo editing software. This download is for personal use only and should not be used for any commercial use. Click here or on the preview to download.
Using The Design:
The template and the PNG file are both 11×8.5 inches which coincides with the size of the transfer paper but there is blank space around the design for printing purposes. I put a navy blue border outside the rounded rectangle of the design so I would know where to cut it because the transfer paper background is white.
I am sure my husband will love the shirt and I hope it washes well! I wish my Dad and all the other dads out there a Happy Father’s Day!