How to Make a Knock-Off Tee

How to Make a Knock-Off Tee

Hi there!  So glad you decided to stop by.  I am happy to report that I am full on summer mode here at Casa Louise Marie.  I am all about shorts and tees.  Which brings me to today’s subject.  I was recently reading another blogger’s post which showcased the cutest tee. That means I quickly clicked over to order it.  However, I found it was sold out.  I also found a $38 price tag. Now, I am clothes girl and I was tempted to go ahead and order it.  However, since I had to wait for it anyway, I decided to try to make a knock off.  aka copy it. 🙂  Guess what?  It wasn’t too hard.  Let me show you how.

First off, here’s the original shirt.


Cute, right?

Okay, so here’s what I did.  I took a screen shot of the shirt – like so.


Next, I moved into my handy-dandy Silhouette design program and traced it.

traced pineapple design


Now, when it traced the design, not all the lines were copied correctly, so I had to do a little bit of clean up.  No big deal.  I just used the eraser tool to take the bad stuff out, and I copied the good parts and pasted them back in.  Does that make sense?


Next, I also traced the outline of the design.  Here’s why.  I decided I would need to screen print the yellow and green parts of the design first.  So, I would need the outline of the basic shape to transfer the ink.  I added a line between the body and the leaves so that I would not bleed the ink on each part.

traced outline of pineapple design


I cut this outline design using Contact paper.  I’ve used vinyl before for this as well, but since this is a pretty simple shape, there was no need.  For this the cheaper stuff works.  I then added the Contact paper to my screen.

screenprinting scrren

Okay that looks a little wonky, I know.  However, if you look closely at the original shirt, you will notice it has a painted quality. It’s not all perfectly in the lines etc…  So this will work.

Now it’s time to add the ink to the screen and press it onto the shirt.  This is not nearly as hard as it sounds; however, I have yet to get it done perfectly.  I think I need a better piece of cardboard under my shirt.  Remember, vinyl will be added next so I don’t need this to be 100% perfect. #thankgoodness

Once I removed the screen, I had to go back and do a little touch up.  Now, you’ll need to allow the ink to dry.

While the tee dried, I cut the pineapple design out of heat transfer vinyl and weeded the design. (removed the parts I didn’t want)

HTV cut as pineapple


So, here’s where I made a little mistake…I forgot to mirror the design on this step.  However, I had on my screen print.  So, I had to remove the leaves and re-cut that part of the design.  That’s why you can see it cut apart.   Hopefully, you will be smarter than me and remember that step.  I hate when I do that!

Once the ink is dry, you can transfer the vinyl onto the shirt.  It is a simple 15 second press.  I usually press it once more once I’ve removed the carrier sheet.

So, here’s what the finished product looks like.  Try to ignore the glare from the vinyl.  What do you think?  Is it a close knock-off?  I think so.  Plus, I bought my tee on sale for about $8.  I already had the other supplies on hand so I saved $30 on the shirt plus shipping.   Win for me.


I hope this tutorial was easy enough for you to follow.  If you tackle this project with your own design, I’d love to hear about it.  So, have you knocked off a design before?

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  1. This is fab. It’s like a finger up at the shops for charging way too much money for something so simple! Thanks for linking up with #TwinklyTuesday

  2. $38 is a bit much for a tee and I love your version. Thank you for sharing with us at Celebrate Your Story, and I hope you’re having a great weekend.

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      Thanks Sandra. I agree $38 does seem like a lot for a t-shirt! Glad you stopped by. Thanks for the link-up.

  3. What a creative, frugal idea – and what a beautiful result! Thank you so much for sharing, Jenny, and for being a part of Hearth and Soul.

  4. Love it! Thanks for sharing at the “We are Pinnable” party. Will definitely pin this one ;o) I’m always looking for ideas to create things my own way, not only to save money, but to have fun and be creative. Good job! Hope to see what you come up this next week at the party. Nina @ Vintage Mama’s Cottage

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      Thanks so much. I am so glad I could ‘inspire’ you to try to make your own. 🙂 Thanks for the link up!

  5. Hi Jennifer: This is a great idea. i love my silhouette and am always eager to try something new with it. This would be terrific on pillow cushions. I am pinning it to try your method. Thanks for the tutorial.

  6. This is an awesome tutorial and reminds me that I need to learn how to use my Silhouette machine 🙂

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      Yes you do. It’s amazing what you can do with it. It’s the one of the best gifts Mr. LouiseMarie has given me.

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