Make: a linoprinted t-shirt

make a linoprinted tshirtI’ve been meaning to experiment with printing on a t-shirt for some time now, and I’ve finally got round to it! I found some ink online called Speedball Fabric Block Printing Ink so it seemed like the perfect opportunity to give it a try. I’ve also seen lots of fabrics on the high street with a black and white pattern in a handprinted style lately and figured it would be more fun to make my own!

What you need

  • Speedball ink
  • T-shirt (I got a couple of plain ones from H&M, make sure you wash them first before printing)
  • Lino block
  • Pencil
  • Craft knife
  • Lino cutting tools
  • Rollers x 2
  • Ink tray
  • Piece of thick cardboard


First you need to decide on your design, I went for a simple geometric diamond shape for my first t-shirt. Mark it out on the lino and cut out using the craft knife and tools.

draw design on lino cutting lino for print

Once done you’re ready to roll! Lay your t-shirt out with the piece of thick cardboard inside, this will make sure the ink doesn’t go all the way through to the back of the t-shirt.

Squige the ink on to your tray and use roller number 1 to apply an even layer of the ink to your lino. Place this face side down on the t-shirt and use your second roller to apply pressure to the back. Carefully remove the lino.

I went fairly free-style here, I had a general idea of what I wanted to do and marked it roughly with masking tape. You may want to be more thorough, in which case you can use a fabric marking pencil that will wash out.

linoprint tshirt fabric

Keep building your pattern up until you are happy with the design.

fabric linoprint

I introduced a second triangular shape to the top of the pattern to break it up a bit.

fabric linoprinting

For my second t-shirt I created a chevron shape like so:tshirt printing

Using this shape I applied the same technique along the bottom of the t-shirt to create a solid chevron pattern:how to linoprint on tshirt tshirt printing linoprint tshirt tutorial

And you’re done! According to the ink instructions the t-shirts need to dry at room temperature for one week before you can wash them at a low temperature with mild soap, so you’ll have to get used to a little wait before you can wear them.

I had lots of fun making this printed tees, hope you do too if you try it!



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