How to Make a Custom T-Shirt for Father's Day

This year, give Dad a custom T-shirt by printing our free pattern and following our easy instructions.
Original_Abigail-Barnes-PaperandCake-fathers-day-tshirt_h

Original_Abigail-Barnes-PaperandCake-fathers-day-tshirt_h

By: Abigail Barnes

Materials Needed:

  • iron-on T-shirt transfer sheet (for a light-colored shirt)
  • inkjet printer
  • iron and ironing board

Print T-Shirt Pattern

Download our free Father's Day pattern and print it on regular paper first to check the size and placement. Load the transfer paper into the printer, making sure the pattern will print on the correct side. Allow to dry completely once printed.

Original_Abigail-Barnes-PaperandCake-gather-supplies_h

Original_Abigail-Barnes-PaperandCake-gather-supplies_h

Cut Pattern

Trim closely around the outside edge of the pattern.

Original_Abigail-Barnes-PaperandCake-cut-printable-pattern_h

Original_Abigail-Barnes-PaperandCake-cut-printable-pattern_h

Iron On Pattern

Set iron to the cotton setting (no steam). Place transfer paper in the desired area of the shirt, image side down. Press iron onto the transfer paper for 20-25 seconds, covering the entire area (image 1). Let the T-shirt cool completely, then peel off the paper backing. Have Dad wear his special shirt on Father's Day (image 2)!

Next Up

How to Make a Scratch-Off Card for Father's Day

Give Dad a break this year with a DIY scratch-off lotto-style card with prizes like breakfast in bed, a free pass from mowing the lawn and a car wash.

How to Make a Men's Bespoke Apron

Spruce up Dad's barbecue or morning coffee routine with a rugged yet dapper denim apron featuring leather towel loops and a cellphone pocket.

Hand-Painted Father's Day Grill Platter

Surprise the grill king in your home with a hand-painted ceramic platter that's a fun and easy project for kids, Dad will be proud to serve perfectly cooked burgers on this custom Father's Day gift.

How to Make a Barbecue Tool Belt

Give Dad the ultimate grilling accessory that will hold all the barbecue essentials.

Help Kids Make a Rustic Frame for Dad

Collected twigs, an inexpensive frame and a favorite camping photo are all you need to thank Dad for amazing outdoor adventures with this handmade outdoorsy frame.

Make a Monogrammed Men's Leather Valet

Easily turn an old frame and upcycled leather into a personalized tray to stylishly hold his keys, watch, cash — all the things he needs to grab before heading out the door.

How to Make Cheese Wheel Wrappers

Give the cheese lover in your life a basket filled with their favorite varieties, and wrap it in kraft paper for a sophisticated look.

Grilled Citrus Herb Branzino Recipe

This dish is summertime on a platter, with citrus herb-infused fish and a vibrantly bright and rustic salad.

Beer Cheese Recipe

This tangy and spicy cheese dip gets its kick from horseradish sauce. Serve it with pretzels or on toasted crostinis as an appetizer.

Shortbread Cookies That Taste Like Bacon

Applewood smoked salt is the secret ingredient for this clever recipe. Not only do the cookies taste like bacon, but they look like it, too.
More from:

Father's Day

Stories We're Following

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.