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jimiyo graffiti

I can’t design, I’ve accepted this, I know what I like, I can put text over a picture, but doing something from scratch is just something I will never master (so why bother, eh?). However, Jimiyo is a good illustrator and knows the tee world well, so when he’s dropping pearls of wisdom, you should be trying to catch them. Check out his tutorials on how to win online design contests (hint: you’ve got to be in it to win it), and how to make money selling your art (and yes, t-shirts play a part in that too).

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Thanks for the recycling love!

by Andy on October 17, 2009

Strawberry cupcakes!

[I may not have re-made any tees recently, but I did make these strawberry cupcakes last week for my birthday party] My recent “How to customise & recycle your old t-shirts” post has received quite a lot of attention around the blogosphere, not quite to the levels of the Star Wars post (which made my server cry repeatedly), but still, a lot of people seemed to like it. I get a real buzz when people take the time to write about a post I’ve written, and it’s good to think that I might be responsible for someone hacking their tees to bits and making something cool out of it.

In no particular order, here’s some of the folks that have posted about the list (it has apparently had 38 retweets, but I can’t find a way of getting the full list).

» Recycle old t-shirts into new treasures! – Mom Goes Green
Eco-Friendly Friday – Sustainable Sushi n Rice + Tshirts | The Chic Ecologist
Craftalicious Caper: Recycle your T-shirts
100 manières de recycler vos vieux T-shirts sur Smart-Tees
Interesting Reducing, Reusing & Recycling links | How can I recycle this?
Do it Yourself with Shirts: A Different Take on Shirt Customisation (the Spreadshirt crew had a few interesting additions to my list from that are actually being used in their factory/offices)
T-Shirt Yenileme Fikirleri | 10marifet.org (I don’t know what language this is, Turkish maybe?)
Brickworks – Cindy Brick Looks At Life: 100 Ways To Recycle Your Old T-Shirts!
Just 1, a super cute one that is, of 100 ways to reuse a T-shirt · Recycled Crafts @ CraftGossip
t-shirt blogs Round Up: Halloween Tees, How to Recycle Your T-sirts, NIWL’s Dead, and More | cottonable
10 Tips to Repurpose a T-Shirt « Suddenly Frugal Blog
Live 2 CREATE! » Blog Archive » Friday Fun, Miscellaneous & Merriment!
Home Made Originals: T shirt yarn
Giuli nel paese del riciclo: In tema di riciclo … (it’s in Italian, so I’m presuming that they like the post)
Parenting tips that work | Parent Hacks (I know this site mentioned the post, but I can’t find a direct link to it)
Blog » Recycle Your Tshirts | Cut Out + Keep
From Old to New: Repurposing Used Tees « See Jack Shop – Men’s Style and Fashion Blog
How To Recycle & Re-Fashion T-Shirts by The Green Mom Review
Base Magazine Online: Recycle Your Old Tee’s

I’m sure that isn’t all of them so apologies if you mentioned the post and I didn’t manage to catch it, if that’s the case list it in the comments please. I’m intending to do this kind of shoutout post for all my big list posts that I’ll be publishing in the future, and trust me, I’ve got a lot of them in the pipeline, with my current work schedule I’ll likely miss the Halloween themed ones, but people still like zombies at Christmas, right? If the benefits of a link-back are more likely to get people to post about my lists I’m okay with that, but I’d like to think that people will only write about something if they think it’s interesting and worth writing about.

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How to customise & recycle your old t-shirts

by Andy on September 29, 2009

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T-shirts have a lifespan, they don’t last forever, they stretch, they fade, they get stained, and sometimes the tees stay the same but the owner changes size, or just changes their taste. This got me thinking, “what do you do with a tee when you don’t want to wear it anymore? (and you don’t want to give them to charity for whatever reason)” I’ve got more than 200 t-shirts in my wardrobe (and out of it, and draped on chairs, and stacked in cupboards, and hanging on racks), and they don’t all fit me now, so I thought I’d hunt around and find out what they devil I could do with all those superflous tees. As it turns out, other people have this problem too, and there are loads of tutorials out there with interesting ideas for how to recycle your t-shirts into something ‘new’.

My server has been crushed under the weight of traffic from my list posts in the past, and one way to try and alleviate the strain is to split an article into pages. This first page of 50 tutorials, projects, and videos doesn’t have any unifying theme to it, it’s just a random collection, some of which are pretty unusual ideas. The rest of the pages have been sorted into groups as they are often different takes on the same idea. Page two has 6 tutorials for turning your old tees into a rug or quilt, and 7 ideas for turning t-shirts into bags, often with the idea of using them as shoping bags, which I’m sure would get you a lot of approving looks at Trader Joe’s. The third page is for those of you that want to refresh and recondition your tees so that they’re still a t-shirt(ish), but with a bit of a customized twist to make you stand out from the crowd. Page four sees your tees becoming skirts and dresses, and I was pretty impressed with a lot of the finished articles on that page. The last page has links to books about reconditioning and recycling your t-shirts, so kind of like this list, except in book form. If I’ve missed something from the list, or you’ve had an idea but can’t find it anywhere online, feel free to share that in your comments. If you have enjoyed this list I would very much appreciate it if you could promote this article in some way, be it via tweet, stumble, delicious bookmark, digg, blog post, or envelopes stuffed with cash being posted to me.

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1. How to turn your t-shirts into tees for you dog!

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2. [W/M] T-Shirt with a built-in belt.

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3. [W/M] Recycled T-Shirt Bracelet.

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4. [W] Turning a t-shirt into yoga pants.

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5. How to weave t-shirts.

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6. [W/M] How to turn yourself into a ninja using a t-shirt.


7. [M] A Threadbanger quickie about making a button down shirt more interesting by sewing a t-shirt design onto the back of it.

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8. How to turn a t-shirt into a diaper/nappy.

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9. Scarf made of huge blue t-shirt.

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10. [W] T-shirt refashioned into a summer top, which is a little bit late for the season, but there’s always next year.


11. How to make yarn out of t-shirts.

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12. How to make arm warmers from a t-shirt.

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13. [W] How to turn your t-shirt into a pair of underwear. [via Pop Culture Tees]

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14. Use a t-shirt as a pillow case. Here’s how it goes: get a pillow, get a t-shirt, put t-shirt over pillow. Done.


15. Recycle a t-shirt into a sexy bikini… yes, she does model it at the end of the vid.

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16. You might not need to throw out that old tee after all, this tutorial shows you how to remove cigarette odor from your tees.

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17. How to frame a t-shirt (on the cheap).

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18. How to turn a t-shirt in to a dress for a toddler.

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19. If you’ve got loads of t-shirts going spare, then making a rug might be a good project for you.

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20. [W] How to turn a baseball tee into a halter top.

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21. [W] How to make a t-shirt cami.

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How to make a throw pillow out of a t-shirt.

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23. [W] How to make a t-shirt twist. This looks like a good way to freshen up a boring plain tee, cool skirt too!

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24. [W] No sew tank top from a tee. This one is worth reading for the adorable hand drawn instructional pictures.

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25. How to make a laptop t-shirt case.

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26. How to silkscreen your own posters and t-shirts, perfect for spicing up a plain tee.

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27. [W] How to reshape a t-shirt that doesn’t fit you anymore.

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28. [W] Stylish ways to cut your t-shirt.


29. [W] The Threadbanger crew explains how to make a wedding dress out of t-shirts.

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30. Here’s another tutorial about turning your old t-shirts into a scarf.

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31. This instructable isn’t about cutting your tees, but storing them, and whilst I don’t think it would be a good solution for my 200+ tee collection, it might be good for keeping a few of your favourites good-as-new.

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32. Another tutorial on how to turn you tees into undies with ease!

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33. Mod a cute halter top from a t-shirt (I think there might be enough tee>halter top tutes out there for them to have their own page!)


34. DIY Quirky Corset Tee Shirt for Free People Blog

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35. Just in case all those other t-shirt to scarf tutorials weren’t to your liking.

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36. Craftzine.com blog : T-shirt Tunic Swimsuit Cover-up


37. How To Turn an Old T-Shirt Into a Sexy Top. This video contains a surprisingly large amount of cleavage, I guess that’s one way to get guys sewing!

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38. Old T-Shirt Headband/Rags. This one probably has my favourite accompanying picture.


39. Hot Topic – Deconstruct a Tee with Elle

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40. Big t-shirt to little angel


41. From Plain Tee To Stylish, One Shoulder Tank another vid from Gianny L.

42. How to Customize your t-shirts to look vintage by soaking them in a saline solution. (no pics for that one, sorry)

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43. T-shirt to sexy top I could almost include this in the dress category, but it might be a little short for th modest ladies of HYA.

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44. How to make an empire cut blouse from a t-shirt.


45. How to cut a t-shirt to be a halter top (yes, another halter top).

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46. The T-Shirt Hack (Or: How to revamp an old t-shirt with nothing but scissors)


47. Hot Topic – Deconstruct a Tee with Elle

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48. Guess what, it’s another t-shirt to halter top tutorial.


49. Here’s a a summery t-shirt recon from the Threadbanger team.

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50. How To » Low Cut, Empire Waist, Halter Top from an old t-shirt.

On the second page of this article you will find 6 ways to turn your excess tees into a rug or quilt, and 7 tutorials explaining how to turn your tees into bags.

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Free Mock-Up for T-Shirt Designers by Tom Neal

by Andy on September 9, 2009

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No, you can’t buy this (well, you could, the mockup is of an XS American Apparel 2001 tee), it’s a mockup done by Tom Neal for t-shirt designers to put designs onto so that your mockup looks a bit more realistic. As I don’t design tees I can’t really compre it to other mockups, but the fact that this release includes every colour of tee that AA offer in the pack… well that has to be a good thing. Find the download link at this Emptees Talk thread.

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Do It Yourself by Cotton Factory

by Andy on August 19, 2009

do it yourself DIY t-shirt by cotton factory

Costiness=$18.99 Available from Cotton Factory

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HYA Tours the Spreadshirt HQ in Leipzig

by Andy on June 30, 2009

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Whilst I was in Berlin for T-Shirt Day it seemed like a great idea to hop on the ICE train (which isn’t as cool as it sounds) and head 100 miles south of the capital to the city of Leipzig to check out Spreadshirt’s much-larger-than-I-expected HQ and production facility. If any of you are wondering, “who the devil are these Spreadshirt folks?” Well, they’re the largest (I think) print-on-demand supplier in Europe, and they also have offices and production in America, meaning that whichever side of the Atlantic you’re on you can get a high-quality customised tee pretty darn quick. I actually have a tee from 2004 that I bought from Spreadshirt (yeah, I was all about the tees even before I started HYA!) that’s still going strong, so they really do know how to make tees, and presumably they’re even better quality now.

Upon getting off the train in Leipzig’s beautiful station I was met by Adam from Tee Junction who was going to act as my tour guide to the city, and I don’t think he’d actually had a tour of the new Spreadshirt facility as he had left the company before they moved in, so the day wasn’t a waste for him, hopefully. I always say that the best way to get a feel for a city is to walk through it, you don’t see much when you take public transport (especially if it’s underground, obviously), so we walked from the station to Spreadshirt through the lovely old centre of the city and the huge park to the more industrial side of the city. One strange thing about Leipzig is that there are a lot of abandoned buildings in the city because of vast numbers of people (around 500,000 people in a city of 1 million) leaving the city after the collapse of the wall and re-unification of Germany, many of those people never returned, meaning that there is lots of unoccupied space. Even just across the road from Spreadshirt’s freshly-renovated building there was a really nice building that had clearly received no love for many years and sat empty. According to Adam this situation means that rents in the city a very low not only for housing but for business as well, so people will set up businesses as a hobby that are only open for a few days a month, it’s a strange concept to me, but I like it.

As you can see from the picture at the top of the post, it’s pretty easy to spot the Spreadshirt building because it’s covered in everyone’s favourite item of clothing. Apparently you don’t need to give taxi drivers the address to Spreadshirt because they all know about “the building with the t-shirts on it.” It’s pretty hard to miss as well, seeing as it takes up a whole block.

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Eike (seen here on the right at T-Shirt Day Berlin) decided we should start our tour on the top roof deck of the building, giving us a good view over the city. The weather hasn’t treated them too well so far this year so the roof decks haven’t seen much use, but they hope to use them for events when it starts to heat up. I might be wrong in remembering this, but I’m pretty sure that the roof deck spaces (there’s more than one) if combined would actually be larger than their old offices, which shows how much of a step up the move was for them.

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We then moved down to a meeting room/kitchen/break room, passing a couple of guys playing table tennis on the way, from the looks of the league on the wall next to the table these guys get pretty serious about the table tennis competitions. Can you believe that the kitchen above is in a t-shirt companies offices? It looks like it should be in a showroom!

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What self-respecting internet company could have offices and not have a foosball table?

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This meeting space shows how light and airy the building is, I think that they might have more room than they know what to do with!

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This picture obviously doesn’t illustrate it particularly well, but in one of the receptions they have a life-size model of Batman, Eike didn’t seem to really know why it was there, but I’m sure that it’s an important addition to every office.

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I remember Adam being pretty excited about the addition of Fatboy chairs/bean bags to the office, and wondered why they weren’t there back in his day.

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In one of the larger offices, because the ceilings are so high they were having problems with noise and echoes, the innovative solution to this problem was right under their nose, t-shirts! They hung a load of t-shirts up and now they help to stop the noise bouncing around the room.

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These pieces of wall art are made of t-shirts they printed in the factory and stretched around frames, which I thought was a really cool idea. Some of you may recognise the broken up image as one of the finalists for the Open Logo Competition that Spreadshirt held to find their new logo.

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This is the returns room. You’re probably quite alarmed by the amount of items in there, but I couldn’t actually see anything technically wrong with the couple of items I picked up. I get the feeling that a lot of people just return items when they receive them because the message that they thought would be funny on a tee really isn’t, or they made an error when picking the fonts and colourway. I get that feeling because most of the returns I picked up were really badly designed.

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This returned tee that Adam found made me a bit sad, because why would return a tee that says “I [heart] my boyfriend” when there’s nothing wrong with the tee. A lot of the returned tees get given away to charity, and staff are regularly allowed to rummage around and take them too, so presumably most of the people at Spreadshirt have really weird t-shirt collections.

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Along this corridor only about half of the office spaces were occupied because they still haven’t worked out what to do with the rooms, I think some of the ideas thrown around included a studio for recording video (there was already a photo studio along the corridor) and maybe even a room just for playing Wii in. It must be cool having all this space that they have to think up cool stuff to do with rather than having cool ideas with nowhere to implement them.

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A lot of the offices and rooms in the building have been given names, sometimes the names have a purpose, and sometimes they make no sense at all. I was disappointed to hear that this room doesn’t glow in the dark…

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And here she is, the production floor. As you can see, it is a large space, filled with lots of Germans working in a stereotypically efficient and hard-working manner.

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I think that these guys might have even more tees than I do!

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This machine is one of about six (I can’t remember how many) that print/cut the designs on the various vinyls and foils that Spreadshirt offer, each machine has been given a name (this one is called ‘John’), presumably just to cut down on confusion between machines rather than just being cute.

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These are the people that remove the ‘scrap’ vinyl from each sheet leaving just the bits of vinyl that are to be pressed onto the shirt. The rate at which they worked was really impressive, I’m sure if I were to do it there would be an awful lot of prints being thrown into the rejects bin.

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These people check over every item before it leaves the factory to ensure it meets quality control standards.

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Whilst it isn’t a large part of their business, Spreadshirt do have a DTG (direct-to-garment) printing machine, and it was really cool to see it in action as I’ve never witness it before. It’s basically a really big inkjet printer, which you think actually makes the process less interesting since I’d presume most of you are reading this post with a printer a couple of feet away from you, but it was fascinating watching a design appear on a t-shirt with each pass of the print head. The printed t-shirt then goes through a large dryer (to the left, out of shot), which I think can best be described as a jumbo-sized version of one of those toasters that you only ever see in hotels where you put your bread on to a conveyor belt and the toast comes out the other end.

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As we were leaving the production facility Eike pointed out the test lab where they put every item in the store through it’s paces. The rather bedraggled tee you can see above is the cheapest t-shirt they sell, and it has been put through 100 wash and dry cycles, so it’s hardly a surprise that it’s not looking too good, though the print seems to have held up fairly well.

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I’ve missed out on some of the office space, partially because I don’t like taking pictures of random people (even though Eike told me it was okay) and partly because a lot of the pictures I took came out pretty poorly, so if you were thinking that it didn’t seem as big as I was describing it, there’s quite a lot more offices, and a lot more people, than you can see in the photos. After the tour Adam and I caught a tram back into the centre of the city (unfortunately it wasn’t one of the Cold War era relics that I’d seen rolling around, but trams are always fun) and went for ice cream…

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… and beer. You know how when you go into a restaurant in America you automatically get given water? They have the same kind of thing in Germany except you get beer. Okay, that isn’t strictly true, but it sure does feel like it. We were later joined by Evan Eggers (who, if you remember, I’d met the day before at T-Shirt Day) for another beer before I headed back to Berlin on the train. Good times!

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Thanks to Adam and Eike for guiding me around the city and the Spreadshirt HQ (aka ‘T-Shirt Geek Disneyland’)!

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recycled t-shirt necklace

This cool looking scarf/necklace was featured in Instructable’s weekly newsletter, and I thought it looks no nice (and presumably easy though I haven’t actually looked at the tutorial properly yet) that I’d share it with you, so if you were wondering “what should I do with this old t-shirt?” wonder no more!

Recycled T-shirt Necklace

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I’m in two minds as to whether I should make the trip to Leeds for this. On the one hand, I’ve heard a lot of good stuff about his talks, I like the promise of free cupcakes, and I might get to meet the guy after writing about his goods for years (though I don’t own any JC gear); and on the other, it’s a 4-hour drive, and the chances of any of my friends joining me on a road-trip to go see a guy give a lecture about t-shirts are pretty darned slim. If any Leeds-based HYAers can give me a good reason to make the trip (hint: reason will probably involve vodka) then let me know, otherwise, I’ve got an intrepid reporter that’s going to cover the event, so there should be a post-lecture report either way.

Here’s the event’s Facebook group with all the details

UPDATE: There’s also going to be a meet-up in London in Leicester Square at 3pm on Saturday, Johnny has never been to Leicester Square before, so he doesn’t know where precisely to meet, so I suggest that you just mill around until you meet someone else wearing a cupcake themed tee, then mill around with them, who in turn will meet more people…. etcetera, etcetera.

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Stop mocking me!

by Andy on January 22, 2009

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See that t-shirt up there, that is not a t-shirt, that, apparently (and I am skeptical) is a mock up. It was made up (I think) by Jeff Finley from Go Media (you’re probably more aware of their blog if you’re the kind of person that designs rather than hires designers), and I’d really like to see a tutorial about it because if this is a relatively simple process then I’d love to see it being used by more designers.

You’ve probably gotten bored of the amount I complain about poor mock ups and photoshoots of the tees and hoodies I feature, and partly I bitch because I want to have good looking images on my website, but I also mention it so frequently because on the internet we can only judge clothes by the way they look on the screen (though I’d like to think that my reviews help to give a more accurate impression of the companies that send me tees), and if your mock up doesn’t look good, you aren’t representing your own hard work well, and you aren’t giving t-shirt buyers a reason to buy your t-shirts, and I find that really frustrating.

Hoo, I feel better after that little rant, now get out there and fix your damn mock ups.

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Eric Terry, the man behind Linty Fresh (that’s him up there!), held a video webchat on Sunday evening in which he would answer people’s questions about the indie tee industry and share his experiences. With the time difference between the US and UK Eric’s Q&A sessions are on a little late for HYA’s bed time, but by all accounts they’re really useful and people are getting a lot out of them.

Unfortunately, the show was not recorded, however, Coty transcribed the who thing (on the fly as well, from what I gather), and has the whole thing on his blog, so head on over there and get some learning done.

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Go Media’s Hoodie Design Package/Templates

by Andy on December 19, 2008


I know I’m venturing into unchartered waters here, but I’d like to think that HYA has a duty to help out clothing designers as well as clothing buyers (yes, very much overlapping groups, but you know what I mean), and if it means that I don’t have to post pictures of poorly mocked-up hoodies, then I guess that everyone is a winner.

I don’t know whether $50 is a lot for a bunch of hoodie templates, but if you consider how much time these would save you, and that the results almost look like real printed hoodies, in my rather uneducated opinion they’re a pretty good deal.

Go Media have also put together a video about the package (feed readers may need to open the page to see the video):


Revolutionary Hoodie Customization Package from Go Media on Vimeo

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10 Great Tips from 10 Great Brands

by Andy on December 7, 2008


Coty Gonzales has been keeping an eye on interviews with top indie brands recently, and has written up a blog post of 10 tips that he’s gleamed from those interviews all about what it takes to be successful in the tee industry.

Check it out here

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See the sites, hit the bars

by Andy on September 30, 2008

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[I don’t know what that sign is about, I took this photo in Manchester!]

I’ve got a bit of random site news to bring you, and since they didn’t seem quite big enough to mention on their own, this post is packed with not one, not two, but three things that you might want to look at!

1. I Am The Trend – I’ve been trying (and failing) to build a directory of t-shirt shops and blogs for at least a year, clearly someone has had the same idea and unlike me, they have the skills to pull it off. I Am The Trend may well sound like the name of a scene band, but its actually an online directory of indie companies which users can rate and comment on. They focus on clothing art an music, and whilst the directory isn’t huge at the moment I can see a lot of potential. If you run a tee site it might be a good idea to get yourself listed now because after Christmas they’re going to start charging for ‘Pro’ listings.

2. How To Start a T-shirt Company – Jon Kruse, the guy behind Mediocore Clothing has set up a new blog (which actually has some old content from when he was starting Mediocore) which, as you may well have guessed, it all about how to start a t-shirt company. By his own admission he’s still got a fair way to go before you can learn everything about getting your tee label off the ground on the site, but its certainly not the worst place to start if you want to start making t-shirts for fun and profit.

3. Buy-Tees T-Shirt Toolbar - I haven’t had a chance to play about with this yet (just installed, but I need to restart Firefox and with about 20 tabs open that won’t be happening anytime soon), but it looks pretty cool. The t-shirt toolbar, put basically, is an easy way for people to find t-shirts, reviews of t-shirts, videos of t-shirts, and even chat about t-shirts. In lieu of a proper review from me, MilitantGeek has given it a good look and I’m afraid its a thumbs down. **** Apparently there are ‘serious problems’ with the installation of the toolbar, so its probably a good idea to not install it.

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This tutorial will probably will come under the ‘well, duh’ file for some of you readers, but I thought I’d point out this tutorial about making a silhouette t-shirt since it seems like a fun and easy little project.

Make a Customized Silhouette T-Shirt Of Your Kids [via Photojojo]

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Ok, so you’ve got Cafepress, Zazzle, Spreadshirt, ShirtCity and a whole host of others that I’m forgetting, but you know what Wordans has that the others don’t? They’re Canadian!

I guess I’m being a bit flippant, Wordans do appear to offer a good service, plenty of high quality products, direct to garment printing for regular orders, screen printing for orders of more than 35 tees and the usual ‘design it yourself’ features that you’ve come to expect from the print-on-demand industry. Oh, and their blog is pretty cool too, its not all ‘look at us, look at us, look at us’, its more like ‘look at us, look at our competitors, look what our community did’.

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handmade t-shirt by … s u s …

by Andy on August 15, 2008


The chances of you getting this cool looking t-shirt delivered to your doorstep are pretty slim, and by pretty slim I mean impossible, because it’s a one off that the designer did as a gift for a friend, but I thought it would be nice to point out what someone can do with some fabric markers and a lot of skill.

Photo Link: … s u s … (as usual, the pic is all rights reserved, but hopefully my fawning praise will mean I don’t get an angry e-mail asking me to remove the picture)

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Here’s a story from laFraise that doesn’t leave the North American contingent of the readership feeling left out. Their Seattle-based (IIRC) blogger, J3concepts, has put together a nice round-up of Adobe Illustrator tutorials he’s found on the tutorial website Tutorialized. The tutorials aren’t necessarily geared towards t-shirt design, but they could be pretty helpful if you’re still getting to grips with the features in Illustrator. Heck, these tuts may even turn me into a t-shirt designer!

And don’t forget, you can still get 25% off your order at LaFraise by entering the coupon code LFSALES08 in the checkout.

Illustrator Tutorials Roundup @ LaFraise

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If you’re starting out in the tee game, and you’ve got ideas but don’t know how to get them onto your computer screen, then A Better Tomorrow (the German design contest and streetwear store) are here to help you. Andre (which is so much cooler than my way of spelling our name) has compiled a list of t-shirt design tutorials that should be able to getting you on track to creating a design that will be horribly mocked by people in Threadless submission critiques.

Google translate has actually done a pretty good job of converting this from ABTs native German, so it doesn’t read like an abstract poem.

Shirt design tutorials on the A Better Tomorrow Blog

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If you want to learn how to screen print from anyone, a company that makes really cool tees is a pretty good choice. I’ve never attempted screen printing, but I’d imagine that if I were going to give it a go then I’d need a fair amount of instruction, and my SpideyAndy-sense is telling me that Print Liberation team have the skills to make a pretty looking book.Costiness=$25 Link (Amazon Link)

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Johnny is the one on the left

That title is fairly well laced with snark, but its only meant in jest, Johnny Cupcakes is an inspiration to a lot of small clothing brand owners, and he seems like a nice guy too.One of the nice things that he does is give out advice to pretty much anyone that asks. The latest example of this can be found on Emptees, where Johnny has posted about how he runs some parts of his business. If you follow JC (the man and the brand) as closely as I do then there probably won’t be too much that is new to you, but if you’re thinking “who on earth is this man/delicious baked treat hybrid?” then click on through, but be warned, its a pretty long read.

Johnny Cupcakes lays some knowledge on Emptees [Photo Credit: Sean Future]

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