Pattern Overlay/Wrap-around Print Custom T-Shirt – Pimpashirt #2

Posted: April 20, 2009 by Mike Koval in April 2009
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Customized t-shirts with heat press vinyl – see a new one each week, tutorial videos, photos, how to’s at

First and foremost we need to announce the winner of Pimpashirt #1. Drum roll please…and the winner of the very first pimpashirt original…Daniel Samperi out of New York! Congrats to you and we thank you for your support of pimpashirt.

Onto pimpashirt #2. For this  weeks customized t-shirt, we are pimping a black Jerzees 100% cotton t-shirt with a pattern overlay and a wrap around print.

First, let’s look at the pattern overlay. To achieve this look, we cut “12:00” out of two different types of heat transfer vinyl. The bottom layer is cut out of red vinyl and the pattern overlay is cut out of a skull pattern heat transfer vinyl. The red vinyl is smashed on with a heat press to the t-shirt first, then the skull pattern vinyl is then heat pressed over top of the red vinyl. As you can see in the photo below, the pattern vinyl was positioned so that the red is a drop shadow for the skull pattern.

12:00 Pattern Overlay

12:00 Pattern Overlay

Now that’s pimp. So let us move onto the wrap-around print. For this shirt, the word “twelve o’clock” will be wrapped around the bottom.

Twelve O'clock wrap-around print

Twelve O'clock wrap-around print

How are we going to achieve the wrap-around print when the shirt is wider than the heat press? First, decide how much or how little of the print is going to be wrapped. Then place the garment on the heat press, and position the print accordingly. A portion of the print will be hanging off of the heat press…how much depends on how large or small the wrap-around is. Heat press the portion of the print that is under the heat press…don’t peel when press time is up. Now, reposition the t-shirt on the heat press so that the un-pressed part is now under the heat press. Lock down the heat press for the remaining portion…now you can peel the mylar from the entire print. Voila…wrap-around print complete.

Sounds pretty easy.  If you don’t think so…don’t worry…we’ve got it on tape and published it for your t-shirt making pleasure below.

Don’t forget, here at pimpashirt we give away each one of our pimped out creations every week to one of our loyal subscribers. So if you haven’t subscribed…shame on you…subscribe today! What the heck, you may get a really cool t-shirt for free, if not you definitely get to see unique techniques that will make your business or your fashion stand out.

Remember – we post each weeks winner on the following weeks post but if you’re impatient like me – you can get the update when it happens live by following us on twitter.

Tune in next week for pimpashirt #3 and week #2’s winner…same pimp time…same pimp channel.

  1. Tanishka says:


    I noticed that the first layer was not pressed for long, how many seconds at what temperature was it pressed?

  2. That 1 second setting is exclusive to the material we used in the video (Eco-Film), be sure to double check the settings for the specific material you are using.

  3. Greg Peirce says:


    This site is awesome! Keep up the good work. You guys at Imprintables Warehouse are trail blazers!

  4. Kate says:

    So do you not have to worry about the side seam of the shirt and compensate with a piece of cardboard or a print perfect pad? How bad does the seam really have to be in order to require the use of them?

    p.s. I apologize for responding to the old posts so late but I have just now found some spare moments to go over them all.

  5. paul says:

    Very cool ,is there a clear vinyl that can be printed and then press to a T-shirt

  6. Stacy says:

    The designs are awesome. Love the video. Keep sharing some more videos.

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