How to Screen Print with Craft Vinyl in 10 Easy Steps

With your vinyl cutter, you can create custom screen printed t-shirts at home with no chemicals! Follow the step-by-step instructions (with pictures!) and you will be creating your own t-shirts in no time at all.

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Everything You Need to Get Started

Essential Supplies to Get Started

Frequently Asked Questions

Why doesn't my vinyl stick to the screen?

I have tested several types of transfer tape and found one that works the best.  This is my favorite transfer tape to use with screen printing.  If you are frustrated that your vinyl won’t stick to the screen, try this tape

Why is ink bleeding around the edges of my design?

Ink bleeding is usually a sign of too much ink going through the screen.  The process is a balance of getting enough ink to cover your design but not too much ink. This takes some practice to get the feel for what works for you.  I suggest trying on a scrap piece of fabric or old t-shirts until you get the hang of it.

How do you line up multi-color designs when screen printing?

I use registration boxes to line up my ink colors when screen printing a multi-color design.  If you are new to screen printing, this tutorial will show you how to create the registration boxes in Design Space and screen print on a table.  If you have a 1-color press, this tutorial will show you how I use the same technique to line up the registration boxes on my press.

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 more information about How to Clean Your Speedball Screen.

Where do you buy your shirts?

I shop at Shirts in Bulk.  They have fast delivery and ship for free when you spend $50! Here are my favorite brands and styles: My Favorite Blanks for Screen Printing

How do you size and align the design on your shirt?

I have a few tricks for sizing and aligning designs on my shirts.  The size of the design is typically adjusted based on the look I’m going for.  I use my dot trick to easily line up the screen on my shirt.  This is especially helpful when you are working on multiple shirts.  No more guessing whether the screen is centered!  Read the full tutorial on my dot trick here.

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