How To Make Your Own T-Shirt In Australia

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In Australia, there are many ways to make your own T-shirt and in this article, you will learn how to do just that. Fashion is more than just clothes hanging in a closet or stacked up on a store’s display table. Fashion has long been a method of self-expression since the dawn of time. That being said, in this day and age, there is no need to be forced to wear the exact outfit that is shown on a store’s mannequin or on a runway model. Due to an explosion of the importance of the right to be self-expressive in recent decades here, many Aussies have turned to create their own t-shirt designs in order to show the world who they are! The best thing about making your own T-shirt is that you don’t have to be a rich artist to do so. This is because T-shirt making falls in the do-it-yourself attitude where nothing needs to be perfect. It just has to be fun and meaningful to you. So go grab that T-shirt and let's get started!

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Method #1: Do-It-Yourself Drawings 

The main method used on how to make your own T-shirt is by decorating a premade, plain T-shirt and adding a personal design to it. In order to do this, you will need to first select your materials. Of course, you will need paint or markers if you want to draw your design or logo. However, just make sure that the paint or markers that you select are fabric safe and will hold up in the washing machine when laundry day comes. This tip is to ensure that your design will last on your T-Shirt for a long duration of time, therefore, saving you from the disappointment of losing your beautiful design as well as the frustration of having to recreate your work of art. You can purchase these materials at any local craft store, supermarket or even a dollar store. After doing this, you can then proceed to draw and create your own T-shirt using your one of a kind design. 

Method #2: Editing An Existing T-Shirt

This method of how to make your own T-shirt is quite popular. In this way, you can take an existing, pre-decorated T-shirt and edit it here and there to make it an original. In order to do this, you can take fabric safe markers or paint and add quotes and pictures to a shirt that has pre-existing designs. In fact, you can change the entire colour of the shirt using clothing dyes as well. 

Method #3: Altering The Physical T-Shirt

In Australia, we like to go bold and this includes altering the physical shirt itself. A plain T-shirt has its classic design of a close, round neckline, shoulder to waist length and characteristic short sleeves. However, why not change these trademarks of a T-shirt? This can be done using scissors, a needle and thread or a sewing machine. Some ideas include changing the length of the shirt or its sleeves by cutting the shirt to make it shorter or by adding on fabric to make it longer. You can also cut a different shaped neckline or change the edges of your shirt as well. 

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In conclusion, there are many ways to make your own T-shirt in Australia. You can be an artist and create an original image. Or, you can get creative and change an existing design. Also, you can be a crafty designer and alter an existing shirt to fit your body type. The possibilities are endless!