How to Make a Custom T-Shirt

Things You'll Need

  • A picture or design
  • Computer
  • Internet
  • Credit card
  • Printer (optional)
  • Gift box

A friend or relative’s birthday is coming up and you are all out of ideas as to what to get them. Or perhaps you’re feeling a little artistic or creative and want to have your own graphics on a t-shirt. Making a custom t-shirt is not as impossible or expensive as you think. There are two ways to go about creating your apparel. Either contact a local t-shirt printer/screener or go online and find an apparel manufacturer that allows you to scan in your own pictures and text. Making your own t-shirts is as quick and easy as clicking the keys on your computer. Plus, you will expand your creativity and your gift will be appreciated by the receiving party. A personalized gift is always a good option. And a t-shirt is practical as well. Now combine the two and you have the ideal gift for someone. You can either pick a graphic of something they like or it can involve something with a little more humor.

Go to a t-shirt printing website and select the option to make a custom t-shirt. Then upload the design or picture. You can then enlarge or shrink depending on what kind of t-shirt you get.

Put in your text. You can also upload a graphic or text on to the back of the t-shirt if desired. Hit the view button to see how your t-shirt looks. You can select different colors of t-shirts to go with your picture and text. Or you can always choose white, which goes with everything.

Once you’ve tinkered with your t-shirt and made it to your liking, select checkout. Enter your credit card information and your shipping address.

Print or save digitally a copy of the confirmation of your purchase.

Find a gift box to put your custom made t-shirt in once it arrives. You have successfully made a creative, thoughtful, and inexpensive gift for someone that she will appreciate and use.


  • Be sure to ask the person’s size before you order. It’s better to know before you order than have to go through the hassle of exchanging it.