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How to Make Your Own Graphic Tee + $50 Hanes Gift Card #Giveaway + Prize

This DIY Graphic Tee tutorial will show you how to create a customized, professional looking tee for less at home. This tutorial is sponsored post in partnership with Hanes. 

I am all in on the graphic tee trend this year. If I could wear a graphic tee every day I would. There are so many tees out there that express me that I just can’t get enough of them.

On the flip side, some sellers have gotten way out of control on their prices. I mean $40 for a tee? 

Really?!? I think not. 

I wanted a some cool comfy tees but $40 a pop is a bit much. For those of you who are ‘ballin on a budget‘ today I’ll show you how I made my own professional looking tee for less.

My vibe this spring is all about that comfort. Whether running errands or relaxing at home, I want to be comfortable. Hanes has been my go-to for comfy bras and tees for about a year now, so when I heard about the Hanes® Oh So Light Comfort Wirefree bra I had to pair it with this top. 

The Hanes® Oh So Light Comfort Wirefree bra, is so light, it’s almost like I’m wearing nothing at all. The new feather-lite bra, with super soft fabrics, flexible foam cups and ComfortBand gives me the comfort and support I want during the day. It’s a great everyday bra and makes my frame look fab in my new tee!

How to a Make Your Own Graphic Tee

To make your own graphic tee you’ll need a comfy shirt. I’m using the super soft Hanes Women’s Nano-T® T-shirt. It has that great contured, feminine fit I love in a tee.

I’m also using a heat transfer vinyl messages. They are super easy to make using a Cricut Explore One. If you’ve never used your Cricut to make a cutom vinyl, here’s a really easy to follow how to design your customized vinyl using your Cricut. Just watch episode #13. If you don’t have a Cricut, you can use these iron on letters

How to Apply Heat Transfer Vinyl

Step 1: Empty the water from the iron and turn the temperature dial to cotton. Fold the tee in half and iron to smooth and create a seam down the middle of the tee. This will help with lining up your vinyl evenly. Now unfold and lay the tee flat. 

Step 2: Fold your vinyl in half with the sticky side facing out. You’ll use the crease to line it up with the crease on the tee. Lay the vinyl sticky side down on the tee and cover with a towel. Press the hot iron down where you placed the vinyl on the tee. Hold it there for about 15 second. If you have a vinyl larger than your iron, make sure to press the iron down on every part of the vinyl for 15 seconds.

Step 3: Peel away the vinyl paper backing and let the shirt cool for 5 minutes. You can wear the shirt right after it’s cooled.

Once you make one of these you’ll never buy one again.  

To make sure you are extra comfy in your new tee, one lucky reader will win a $50 Hanes Visa Card and their very own Hanes® Oh So Light Bra! 

To enter the giveaway follow the instruction below.

This giveaway is open to US residents at ends at midnight EST on April 31, 2017. Prizes are provided by a third party.

For those who don’t win, the Hanes® Oh So Light Comfort Wirefree bra is available now at, sizes S-3X, for only $15.99 (it’s also available at Target and Walmart). 

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76 thoughts on “How to Make Your Own Graphic Tee + $50 Hanes Gift Card #Giveaway + Prize

  1. Most of the time I don’t make comments on websites, but I'd like to say that this article really forced me to do so. Really nice post!

  2. I have a pair of super soft sweatpants that I love to lounge in.

    Jennifer Marie

  3. The most comfortable clothing I own is my pajamas!

  4. I definitely feel you on the cost of graphic tees these days being out of hand!This is a cool and easy alternative!

  5. The most comfortable clothing item I own are several of Macy's American Rag Baby Doll tops.

  6. The most comfortable clothing item I own is a pair of cotton capris, so soft and comfortable.

  7. a pair of sleep pants that doesnt look like sleep pants i got at target over christmas and o my not tight just right

  8. What's the most comfortable clothing item you own?

    I would have to say my flannel pajama pants. They are comfy, loose and they are warm. I love them

    ellen beck

  9. My yoga pants are so comfortable. I love to just put them on and relax with a good book.

  10. My leggings are the most comfortable clothing item I have.

  11. I'm pretty sure my most comfortable pair of clothing is a pair of shorts that I've had for over ten years that are so soft because they are basically threadbare. They've survived pregnancy too so they are pretty shapeless but oh so comfy!

  12. This is so cool. I never thought of making graphic tees at home. I need to try this soon. I love a good graphic tee.

  13. I have the Cricut Explore. I love it but still have not made a tee shirt. I will have to give it a try.

  14. That is such a cute tee! I agree that $40 for a graphic tee is pricy but I will a person who co-owns a t-shirt business, prices (at least ours) are driven by the cost of the tee (there are some nice high quality tees) and the cost of screen printing. But it's always great to be able make your own custom tee!

  15. This is right on time for me. I am working on trying to set up my t-shirt store now and this gave me some great insights. Thank you

  16. You did a great job. I'm a sucker for a graphic tee. It is my go to item no matter what I'm wearing.

  17. The most comfortable piece of clothing I own is a maxi dress.

  18. My kids would love if I let them make their own graphic tees. Love the statement on yours.

  19. The most comfortable in an old pair of pj's that I've had for years.

  20. I love this idea of making my own graphic tee.You look amazing.The fit and look of the tee is perfect!

  21. Great idea to make those classic graphic tee & save some coins.

  22. Graphic tees are a perfect staple. It definitely saves coins if you can make it yourself.

  23. Omg just love the shirt! I actually make my own shirts all the time!!! I love making things one of a kind!

  24. The most comfortable piece of clothing I own is my full zip DMB hoody.

  25. The most comfortable piece of clothing I own is a really soft sweater!

  26. I love graphic tees and having the right bra can make them look even better when you wear them. I think I'm going to try this here at home too.

  27. I think my pink pullover is the comfiest clothing I own. It feels like a cloud.

  28. The most comfortable piece of clothing I own are my black leggings. I live in these almost daily!

  29. My stretchy pants and flip flops are the most comfortable!

  30. I have a really floppy and slubby long sleeved shirt. I love wearing it around the house.

  31. One of the most comfortable piece of clothing I have is a very old, oversized sweater. It is just perfect!

  32. Girl, you may have just created a monster. I just might jump on this graphic- from-home trend instead of buying them. Thanks for the tip

  33. I need that wire free bra in my life! I didn't know it was this easy to make a graphic Tee thanks for sharing. Yours is really cute!

  34. I have a comfy gray sweatshirt that is so soft!

  35. My favorite most comfortable piece of clothing I own is any of my t-shirts.

  36. Super cute tee and I've always loved Hanes! I'm with you on the over priced tees now a days…it's cool to see how easy you can make your own.

  37. My yoga pants are comfortable and I'm wearing them now!

  38. My most comfortable clothing item I own is my Jenni pajama pants.

  39. I would love to learn how to make my own graphic tees. That would be so nice. I would love to make some for every member of my family to wear for our reunion. That would be a blast! The Hanes Oh So Light Bra sure looks really comfy to wear. I'm checking them out.

  40. I love my yoga pants – they are insanely comfortable. I wish I could wear them to work!

    I love your "melanin" tee- so funny!

  41. I have a pair of Levi jeans that I have had for years and I am proud to say that I still fit into them. They are very faded and have a few holes but they are the most comfortable pair of pants I own.

  42. I have a newfound love for pajamas, mainly because of the comfort level! Thanks for the tutorial, I'll definitely work on creating one myself.

  43. A friend of mine has been making a bunch of t-shirts since she got into working with vinyl and they all look so great! You'd never know that she made them at home instead of purchasing them at a store!

    Britt |

  44. My fuzzy ankle-length bathrobe is the most comfy thing I own, I hate parting with it long enough to wash it! I love the shirt idea, it came out so nice and I want to try it!

  45. We just got a Cricut but haven't started playing around with it yet. Need some of the heat transfer vinyl now!

  46. This is soo awesome! I am a graphic tee fanatic and it would be great to make my own tee's! Save me some coins too!

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