Screen Printing with Vinyl
I'm so glad you're here! I'm Jennifer, the screen printing crafter behind Pigskins & Pigtails. I have taught thousands of crafters how to make better quality shirts using their Cricut, Silhouette or Siser vinyl cutters. I'm excited to teach you too!
I started crafting shirts using iron-on vinyl (HTV). I made shirts for years with this method. It was fast and easy, but I never loved the feel of vinyl on a shirt. Then I discovered screen printing. Boy, was it a game changer!
Keep scrolling down this page to learn all about screen printing with vinyl.
Why I love SCREEN PRINTING
Not only is screen printing more comfortable to wear, but it's also incredibly durable, lasting as long as the shirt itself!
The best part? You only need to cut and weed your design once. Need 20 family reunion shirts? With screen printing, one vinyl cut does it all, saving both time and money!
Watch this video for more about why I love screen printing:
Using Vinyl for Screen Printing
Traditionally, screen printing entails applying a light-sensitive emulsion to a mesh screen, exposing it to light through a film positive, and washing away the unexposed emulsion to create a stencil. This stencil is then used to directly transfer ink onto your garment, resulting in a high-quality, durable print.
As a dedicated Cricut crafter who appreciates the convenience of crafting with heat transfer vinyl (HTV), I was excited to merge the quality and efficiency of screen printing with the user-friendly nature of vinyl.
By using vinyl on a screen instead of emulsion, you can setup a screen much quicker and in the convenience of your home craft room. Want to see how much quicker? Watch me race 2 screen printing pros.
With the help of a vinyl cutter, you can get started screen printing at home.
Screen Printing Supplies
Ready to jump into screen printing with your vinyl cutter? I've got two starter kits, created in collaboration with Speedball, just for you. These kits are custom-tailored for my vinyl screen printing method and packed with all the essentials to get you started. Plus, each kit comes with a step-by-step instruction sheet.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Why doesn't my vinyl stick to the screen?
Can I reuse my screen?
Yes, you can use the same screen to make as many prints of one design as you need. Once you are done, immediately remove the adhesive vinyl and wash your screen with water. After your screen is dry, it is ready to use again for your next project! Here's more information about How to Clean Your Speedball Screen.
Which screen printing setup do you recommend?
The best setup depends on your skill level. Each of these setups have everything you need to successfully complete whatever project you are working on right now.
Read this post for my recommended Beginner Setup, Intermediate Setup and Full Expert Level At-Home Setup
Adding a screen printing press was a game changer for me. I'm excited to be launching a brand NEW screen printing press that I know you will love. It's portable, compact and so much more. Learn about my new press here.
Where do you buy your shirts?
Threadsy carrries all of my favorite brands of blank t-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, kids' sizes, and more. The variety of color options and sizes along with the quick shipping make this my go-to for screen printing blanks. Not sure what to order? Here are my favorite brands and styles: My Favorite Blanks for Screen Printing
Looking for Bella+Canvas Blanks? You can get great prices directly from Bella+Canvas by registering for a free Maker Account.
How many shirts can you make with one piece of vinyl?
This is the most exciting part about screen printing with vinyl (instead of using HTV). With one vinyl stencil on the screen, you can use it over and over to make hundreds of shirts! I've successfully tested up to 250 and could have kept going.