How to Screen Print a T Shirt

It’s easy to do it, you know!

1. Choose a picture to print on to your T-Shirt. The picture you choose should be small enough to fit in the embroidery hoop. Choose a simple picture without many small details so there is less chance of the ink bleeding.

2. Place the transparent material in the embroidery hoop securely and place the hoop on top of the picture you wish to transfer to the T-Shirt. The material should be laying directly against the top of the picture.

3. Using the pencil, trace the picture onto the material in the embroidery hoop. Make sure you trace all the details, not just an outline.

4. Since you don’t want the screen printing ink to be in areas that appear white on your picture, spread glue over those places. Use a paintbrush to ensure that the glue is evenly spread and reaches all the edges of the “white” space. When you actually do the screen printing, these white areas will be the same color as your shirt and will offer nice contrast against the inked areas.

5. Allow the glue to dry completely.

6. Once the glue is dry, lay the embroidery hoop on top of your T-Shirt so that the transparent material is laying against the T-Shirt.

7. Place a piece of cardboard slightly larger than your picture inside the shirt to prevent the ink from bleeding through to the back of the shirt.

8. Spread the screen printing ink over the design. Be careful not to go over the lines or edges of your picture. Do not use too much ink and make sure to spread the ink evenly.

9. Remove the embroidery hoop and allow the ink on the shirt to dry.

10. Follow the steps on your ink package to permanently set the image on your shirt.


  • Be careful with the dangerous tools and materials!

Things You’ll Need

  • T-Shirt

  • Screen printing ink

  • Glue

  • Transparent material (like nylon or chiffon)

  • Paintbrush

  • Embroidery Hoop

  • Black and White Picture

  • Pencil

  • Cardboard