Frugal Gal’s Hello Shirt Tutorial

December 26, 2013Allison Murray
Make your own Hello shirt on the cheap!

Make your own Hello shirt on the cheap!


Now I’m just like any girl. I see things others are wearing and I think they’re cute and I want them. Sometimes I WANT them. But sometimes I can’t AFFORD them. And sometimes when I can, I refuse to pay for them. Now I’m sure you’ve seen some super cute tee shirts and sweatshirts that say “hello” on them. The second I saw one I was Googling that business on my phone only to find that I could have my very own sweatshirt for $49.99.

And the frugal gal in me freaked out. What? No freaking way is that happening. And you know, if it had been $29.99 or, heck, maybe even $39.99 I would have snapped one up but $49.99 only placed that sweatshirt into the realm of “never gonna happen”.

But guess what, I’m a crafty girl with crafty means. And when my sweatshirt will inevitably have a couple of painted paw prints running across it or something equally not designer inspired I won’t be wigging out.

For this hello shirt tutorial you will need:

Make your own Hello shirt on the cheap!

Print out “hello” in the size you’d like it and make sure you like the size on your shirt.

Take the transfer shiny side down and use an X-acto knife or cutting machine to cut the shape of the letters out. Weed and remove the excess because anything you that is still on there WILL iron on and be permanently there.


Turn your finished applique so that the word looks right and the shiny side is facing you. Situate until you are happy with the location. It doesn’t hurt to put the shirt on to be sure it sits right. The last thing you want is for the underside of your boobs greeting everyone.


Heat your iron to the cotton setting and place a piece of cloth on top of your “hello”. Don’t move the iron like you’re trying to remove wrinkles. Simply pick it up and put it back down, counting to 20 in between each move.


Typically I use a vintage pillowcase as my buffer when ironing but the thickness wouldn’t allow enough heat to get through. Choose a very thin piece of fabric. I wound up using a scrap of cotton fabric that worked brilliantly.


Oh, and if this happens, don’t freak out. For some reason the sweatshirt will change colors and look like youve scorched it. But it will cool normal temperature. Whew! (that’s not to say I didn’t have my fair share of profanity spurting from my mouth at this point)


When you feel like you’ve given the transfer enough heat and time, carefully try to peel away the clear front piece. If it doesn’t come easily, place heat to it again. Keep an eye because as you work you may need to add more heat in random spots.

Make your own Hello shirt on the cheap!

And look at that! My super cheap hello sweatshirt is super cute, is it not? And I have lots and lots of the flocked transfer left so I may have a whole winter wardrobe of worded wear!Try to say that three times quickly – winter wardrobe of worded wear! I hope you enjoyed this hello shirt tutorial!


Comments (2)

  • Heidi @ Happiness is Homemade

    January 13, 2014 at 11:53 AM

    This has been on my to do list for awhile now too. I mean SERIOUSLY…$50! I had the same reaction! Thanks for sharing the font and saving me some time! :)

    1. Allison

      January 13, 2014 at 4:02 PM

      I know, right? RIDICULOUS! Everybody I know wants one now that I can make them for around $7-8 each :)

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