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We are seven friends planning to watch a sports game, and we are trying to get seven t-shirts that have the letters F E D E R E R. Buying them online seems expensive, and where it's cheaper you need to order 100 or more of them.

What is the most economical way we can get this done? Any craft/art ideas?

  • Same color t-shirt
  • Need seven.
  • Different letters on each.
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I make shirts, decals, signs, etc for a living. The best way to go is to buy a pack of inkjet shirts transfers (if you have an inkjet printer) If you have a laser printer look for the laser transfers. Staples, Target, Office Depot, etc. carries them. You will need an iron, and of course blank shirts. Blank shirts you can get in a multipack to save money. Make sure to follow the transfer instructions. If you need any help with the letters to print out, just let me know. Also if you go with these transfers you can add more details like a picture or logo. Again, if you need help I will help you out. Free of course.

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  • This is a good approach -- I've done team shirts this way at home. You are limited to a maximum of 1 sheet (A4 or presumably letter) unless you join, whch might be tricky to do nicely. – Chris H Apr 25 '17 at 12:24
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I'd go for fusible web (sometimes also called fusible interfacing). Choose the type with paper backing.

Think of it as the fabric equivalent of double-sided tape:

You iron it to the back of the fabric you want to put on your t-shirts, cut out the shape, peel of the backing, position it where you want and iron again.

Now, a dedicated crafter would probably then run the whole thing through the sewing machine and add decorative stitching, but for a tennis match (assuming that's why you want FEDERER) or three, your iron-on letters will be more than sturdy enough. The webbing will prevent fraying and you can wash and probably even tumble-dry the t-shirts.

The main advantage is, that you don't have to worry about which paint or marker will be sufficiently opaque. A few yards of fusible web won't break the bank and you or another of your group probably have some old sheets or similar around, that you can cut up for the letters.

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  • Fusible web is a great option because it doesn't rely on your ability to make nice looking hand-drawn letters. I suggest you use your computer to print out each letter at the size you want to use. You can choose a different font for each letter, and this will allow you to compare the fonts side by side to see which ones work well together, and at what sizes (a really thin font next to a really fat font will feel too small, even if they are the same point size). Once you have found the letters you like, cut them out and trace around them on your final fabric. – magerber Apr 18 '17 at 15:51
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Buy plain T-shirts and a (black) marker felt pen.

Put cardboard between the front and back of the shirt when you put the letters on, so it will not bleed through.

On coloured shirts you can use white markers as well, but do test that the marker shows up before you spend a lot of money on it.

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  • I will try with a white felt pen, Thanks Will. Planning for 7 red-tshirts! – vikkee Apr 14 '17 at 18:58
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Do you live near a Joann's Fabric Store? They have short sleeve T-shirts (including red ones) on sale 4 for $10, and 20% off fabric paints and markers. You could either paint Federer in freehand (the tubes of paint have applicator tops) or make stencils out of cardboard and then paint. Not sure what you mean by "different alphabets." Do you mean different fonts? In any case, same procedure. Good luck, sounds like a fun group.

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