The Easiest Way to Make Customizable T-shirts

9 Materials
20 Minutes

Here are some DIY t-shirt ideas for those of you who make customizable t-shirts.

I can’t believe I didn’t know what a gang sheet was before! It’s a Direct to Film (DTF) sheet that you can print on to using a commercial DTF printer or a converted inkjet printer.

It comes on a roll and you choose the size you need. Mine was 22 inches by 24 inches ( 55 cm by 60 cm).

Tools and materials:

  • Gang sheet 
  • Cotton or polyester t-shirt
  • DTF printer
  • Image to print
  • Teflon sheet
  • Lint roller
  • Heat press
  • Scissors
  • Heat tape
Printing image

1. Print your image

I created mine in Canva so that I could fit four on my gang sheet. 

Separate the printed images.

Preparing t-shirt

2. Prepare your t-shirt

Heat your press to 320 F (160 C). 

Brush the t-shirt with a lint roller and pre-press it for 5 seconds.

Preparing t-shirt

Fold it in half lengthways and press again to mark the center.

Mark the center of the print.

Applying image

3. Apply the image

Place the image centrally on the t-shirt.

DTF transfers aren’t sticky like vinyl so hold it in place with some heat tape.

Applying image

Cover with a Teflon sheet and press for 20 seconds.

Applying image

Wait 5 minutes for it to cool down, then peel off the transfer slowly.

Fixing image

4. Fix

Put your Teflon sheet over the image again and heat for 5 seconds.

This really melts the image into the shirt.

DIY t-shirt idea

DIY t-shirt idea

The gang sheet saves me so much time! It feels like soft vinyl but it’s quicker and easier than vinyl.

You can also print on to any color t-shirt because it works with white ink.

Did you know about this before? Let me know in the comments.

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Suggested materials:
  • Gang sheet
  • Cotton or polyester T-shirt
  • DTF printer
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