You may have recently seen a guy who looks just like me walking around with a snazzy froogalism.com t-shirt on. You weren’t seeing things, it was actually me wearing a snazzy froogalism.com t-shirt. You might now be asking yourself “Who is backing the froogalism.com advertising budget, Carlos Slim Helu? It must have cost him a fortune to get those things made,” or “He’s a phony. He’s not frugal, he’s a reckless spendthrift.” The fact of the matter is that it is inexpensive to make your own custom t-shirts at home. Where there is a frugal will, there is a frugal way.
Finding inexpensive t-shirts is the first part. Try mom-and-pop owned dollar stores for the best values. As a barometer, I can get three good quality shirts for $8.00. I can get five poor quality t-shirts for around $10.00. I opt for the better quality ones because they feel better, they look better, they last longer, and they aren’t see through.
Next you need to go and buy the t-shirt transfers. I tried the Staples store brand for light fabric (there is also a version for dark fabric but I haven’t tried them). They cost around $12.00 for six sheets but you can get a lower per unit cost if you buy a larger package.
Then you get to the fun part. You can print any image that you want onto the transfer sheet using an inkjet printer. It could be a custom logo, a photograph, a scanned image, whatever you want. Your computer software needs to have the capability of flipping the image so that it doesn’t print out backwards.
Next you need a flat hard surface (I put a board under a pillowcase on the ironing board) and an iron. Once that is set up you just follow the instructions precisely. I used an old t-shirt as a test strip for different time settings before I cut it up for rags. As I said, I bought the version for light fabric. I tried using one on a red t-shirt and it didn’t look nearly as good as with light fabric.
I should also mention that the transfer sheets are 8 1/2 x 11 inches. I was able to get three logos out of one sheet. The possibilities are endless here; everything from advertising your small business, to creating gifts for your friends, to making any design that you choose for yourself.
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PS Let me know if you’d like to be the next person to wear your very own froogalism.com t-shirt.