Looking for a unique way to celebrate your children’s achievements in school this year? Make them custom homeschool t-shirts they can proudly wear this summer! BJU Press is producing graphics you can download, print, and iron onto a t-shirt or canvas bag. Graphics are available for both K5 graduates and students of all other grade levels. Using a printer, transfer paper, and an iron, you can create a special way for your children to remember all they accomplished this homeschool year.
Choosing Graphics and Paper
First, choose and download an image.
Next, you will need to have transfer paper on hand. If using a dark colored shirt, use dark transfer paper. Use light transfer paper for light or white fabric. You can find transfer paper any place you buy stationery or printer paper. Many craft stores carry it, or you can buy it online.
Use only an inkjet printer; a laser one will not work for printing these graphics. If you are using light transfer paper, make sure you reverse the image first before printing it; otherwise, any words in the design will be backward on your shirt or canvas bag. The reversal or “mirror” process is fairly simple and can be done on either your printer’s settings or the image editing software on your computer.
It is not necessary to reverse the image if using dark transfer paper. Print your graphic onto a sheet of regular printing paper first to make sure it looks the way you want it without having to waste transfer paper. When you are satisfied with the image’s appearance, print it onto the transfer paper. The correct side should be marked on the transfer paper, but if it’s not, print on the coated side.
Next, carefully cut out the image using scissors. Remember that any paper you leave around the image will leave a noticeable filmy mark on the fabric.
You will need a hard surface to apply the image, so a padded ironing board may not work. Place a sheet or pillowcase on a hard surface such as a table, desk, or heat-resistant counter. Arrange your shirt or canvas bag on the surface, making sure there are no wrinkles or creases in it.
Now you are ready to iron your image onto the fabric. If you wish, you can let your children iron their own shirt or canvas bag. First, empty all the water from the iron and turn it to the highest heat setting (but not on steam). If you are using light transfer paper on a light or white shirt, place the graphic face down. For dark transfer paper on a dark shirt, place the graphic face up. Line up the center of the image with the center of the neckline on the shirt.
For light/white fabric, iron per these time suggestions: three minutes for a full sheet of transfer paper, ninety seconds for a half sheet, and forty-five seconds for a quarter sheet.
For dark fabric: two minutes for a full sheet, one minute for a half sheet, and forty seconds for a quarter sheet.
Let it cool for two minutes, or until the paper reaches room temperature. Carefully peel off the transfer paper to reveal the image on the shirt. Now you have your very own homeschool t-shirt!
Washing Instructions for Your Homeschool T-Shirt
Wait at least twenty-four hours before washing your shirt. It’s safe to wear it during this time period; none of the graphic will come off. Wash the shirt inside out using cool water on normal wash cycle. Letting it air dry is best, but you can dry it on a low heat setting in your dryer.
Creating your own homeschool t-shirt is a fun way to celebrate all your hard work in school as a family. It can also become a great annual tradition as your children journey through elementary, middle, and high school. Don’t forget to download your BJU Press image today!
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Jennifer is a pastor’s wife and mom of two young girls and loves homeschooling them. During her own twelve years of being homeschooled, Jennifer developed a passion for reading and writing. She earned a bachelor’s degree in creative writing and relishes writing during her free time.