DESIGN YOUR OWN TEES by Jennifer Cooke: Book Review and Giveaway!

Last month, while shopping the Renegade Craft Fair in San Francisco, I met the nicest artist, Jennifer Cooke, owner of raeburn ink. I totally dug her beautiful apparel designs, especially this one with image transferred to the inside of the shirt. While shopping her space, I noticed a book on her table. A sneak copy of her amazing new book, (released only yesterday!) called Design Your Own Tees, Techniques & Inspiration to Stitch, Stamp, Stencil and Silk-Screen Your Very Own T-shirts. I think I spent 15 minutes or more just looking through the pages and was immediately impressed by not only the fantastic uniqueness of the designs in her projects but the simplicity in which each project is explained. Soon after the Renegade, Jennifer sent a book to me, pre-release. Thank you, Jennifer! I’m always so impressed with artists who’s skills and techniques they’ve honed over time to make a living and choose to share them with the rest of us. That’s exactly what Jennifer’s book is all about. There is SO much fun to be learned in her book.

Design Your Own Tees details many different methods of embellishing your own apparel. I can’t decide which to try first! Probably the project from the chapter Rough Edges. I’ll leave you with that tease, you’ll have to buy the book to see what I’m talking about!

I adore the multiple pattern overlays on this shirt:I would have never thought to just embellish sleeves! LOVE IT!Jennifer shares several ways you can print designs to your apparel and several ideas for coming up with your own designs, including funky finds like the “junk” pictured here,to make the fabulous print pictured here!She also shares several very cool designs for you to copy straight from her book.I appreciate her attention to clear and easy-to-understand tips and techniques and explanation of tools to perform each project. Jennifer not only shares techniques, but she coaches you through the artistry of creating your own apparel in your own style as well.

Here is my favorite excerpt from her book:
Love your mistakes.
Printing often goes awry. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve discovered that an “accident” is a lot more interesting than what I’d planned. Maybe you can salvage an imperfect print by printing another image on top. And of course, the beauty of a handmade tee lies in its imperfections.

Don’t you love the way she thinks?!

Jennifer has been so wonderful as to not only share her new book with me but she has also offered up TWO books for a JSIM giveaway! To enter the giveaway, simply leave a tee-related comment on this post with an easy link to contact you if your are one of the randomly chosen winners. Entries close at Midnight Sunday, September 5 and I will announce the winners on Monday.

UPDATE: The winners of the book giveaway are: Kahri and Dee Tollaksen
Congratulations ladies!

If you’re not Kahri or Dee, you can still purchase Designing Your Own Tees HERE.

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255 Responses to DESIGN YOUR OWN TEES by Jennifer Cooke: Book Review and Giveaway!

  1. #1 - AmyC ~ says:

    FINALLY a book on 'How To'…I've been playing around with ideas in my head for mths now on designing my own tee or upcycling older tees.

    Very Cool!

  2. #2 - Immi says:

    I have so many BORING tees. This would be so much fun to try!

  3. #3 - Keri Cleverly says:

    Let me be the first to leave a comment ….Jennifer is an amazing crafter, and seems like a really nice person to boot. The colors she uses in her tees are bright and fun, and her designs are intriguing. But, I definitely need to read her book because, despite your comments that it's "easy" to duplicate her designs….I have my doubts!!
    They seem too amazing to be easily reproducible. Hope I will prove myself wrong.
    Thanks for the awesome post.
    Also, I'd love more of your insights on the Renegade. There was one near me in LA this summer. I really wanted to apply, but it was expensive. And then, I didn't even get to go to it that weekend. (I had a show elsewhere). So, it would be great if you posted on it. 🙂

    Thanks, K

  4. #4 - The Pituch Family says:

    I am a teacher and each year my class makes t-shirts to wear on field trips. I have been looking for a new and exciting idea for my kiddos to make this year…this book looks to have just the ideas I am looking for! Can't wait to check it out!

  5. #5 - Bonafyde says:

    DIY my own tee's has been on my list of want-to-do's for some time now and this book looks like just the ticket. You've definitely piqued my interest in this book, Tx for heads up!

  6. #6 - randomcreativity says:

    Not a big fan of t-shirts, but I imagine the methods would be great for printing on other clothes too. I would love to win a copy 🙂 surveypeters[at]gmail[dot]com

  7. #7 - Cathe Holden says:

    Hi Keri, you're in luck! I DID post on Renegade, two years in a row now:

  8. #8 - Pearl says:

    I'm totally going to use this book to make unique clothes for my baby.

  9. #9 - My Blessed Serendipity Life says:

    I would love to win this book. I love to embellish things and T-shirts would be fun to do.


  10. #10 - queta says:

    oooh i want to embellish some tees

  11. #11 - Jane Jeffress Thomas says:

    My daughter and grandchildren would be so excited if I were to personalize some tee shirts for them. They would make some great stocking stuffers. Hope I am one of the lucky winners.

    jane1 at cp-tel dot net

  12. #12 - Ramona Burke says:

    TEE-hee! I love your giveaways!

  13. #13 - Courtney says:

    Just getting started in altering and decorating my own t-shirts and would love some more ideas and techniques!
    courtneyllarson AT gmail DOT com

  14. #14 - Katie L. says:

    I've been getting really itchy to get back to some creative outlets like this. I've been working non-stop on a master's degree for two years and the end is now in sight! I'd love to win this book as my re-introduction to non-academic books and endeavors. I love AmyC's idea of upcycling old t's. I also have a non-profit I work for that it would be really great to make the instructors some unique, stylish shirts and these ideas would be great to incorporate!

  15. #15 - Ann K. says:

    I would love to use this book to inspire my 12-year old to design her own tees instead of always buying them from Big Name Brand stores. She's a very creative kid and maybe just needs a kick start! And I could update my tees too!

  16. #16 - HollowSquirrel says:

    That book looks awesome and I have plenty of tees to practice on! very cool!

  17. #17 - Kathryn says:

    Just had a baby this spring and still trying to shed the dreaded "baby weight". In the meantime I need some fun new tees to wear and it's hard to find them in the stores that either a)fit comfortably and not showing too much of my flab and b)don't cost a small fortune! How great would it be to just buy some oversized men's undershirts and art away with them!!!

  18. #18 - vickie says:

    I really love the sleeves -they are so neat looking.

  19. #19 - Karen says:

    My tees are bland, boring, standard-issue-Target Mom tees. The kids got into tye-dye this summer and now I'm interested in switching things up a bit.

  20. #20 - Alessandra says:

    What an amazing looking book! I have some old tees that are just dying for pretty additions! Thanks for the giveaway!

    alessandra7 AT gmail DOT com

  21. #21 - Emily says:

    I recently purged many old tshirts I never wear. I am all about revitalizing my tshirt collection with adorable handmade tees!!!


  22. #22 - Anonymous says:

    I love how to books and I love tees.
    It's the majority of my wardrobe.

    racinelive at gmail dot com

  23. #23 - Kathie @ Just a Happy Housewife says:

    I would actually wear t-shirts again if I had this book to inspire me! I have been passing up some great colored tees lately at some great prices because I just don't like wearing plain t-shirts.

  24. #24 - Lelainia N. Lloyd says:

    OH MY GOODNESS! I *need* this book! I am in the process of losing weight. (I've been working hard and already lost a significant amount.) While I am in the process of downsizing, I am only buying inexpensive, simple clothes because the loss is enough that I've already gone down 4 sizes. No point in investing alot of $$ in a wardrobe till I'm at my goal.

    Anyway, this leaves me with a closet FULL of BORING t-shirts in various colours. They are comfy, but in no way a reflection of the creative, artistic person I am.

    If I won this book, it would help my outside match my inside. I'd alter my shirts. It would certainly be a spirit lifter to go to my closet and see cool shirts I made hanging there!

    *fingers crossed*

    I am going to go right now and put in a request for my library to purchse this book, just in case I don't win!

  25. #25 - Suzy says:

    Awesome! I have a stack of ugly tee shirts that are just BEGGING for some attention…

  26. #26 - melody says:

    I am 8 months pregnant and can't wait to fit into something crafty, cool and non-maternity! That book looks like a total blast! Thanks for the opportunity:)

  27. #27 - Sandi says:

    How wonderful for one great person to recognize another great person.
    Imperfect is just another form of perfect. Right?

    How cool to see some of the really cool designs.


  28. #28 - Laura @ Ms Smartie Pants says:

    Wow! Back in the 90's I painted shirts all day for boutiques. It would be great to see some new techniques!

  29. #29 - Eyespiral says:

    I love to wear t-shirts and I used to make my own – but a new job and weight gain has disheartened me! So a look into these fab new ideas would be just the refresh I need. 😀

  30. #30 - says:

    Lovely book from all appearances, and wouldn't this sparkle up my own T-shirt collection! Hope I win, and thanks for the contest.

  31. #31 - Collquest says:

    Love the idea of refashioning a tee to be useful once again…Looks like a beautiful book…thanks for offering!

  32. #32 - jennifer says:

    ooooh, tees! I am in one 24/7 this sounds like something I definitely need! wonderful giveaway

  33. #33 - Aimee says:

    I literally was telling my daughter she would have to stencil the tee she wanted when I opened your post. Serendipity! I can't wait to see Jennifer's book.

  34. #34 - Allentown says:

    since i live in t-shirt this would be great to pump up the volume a bit! love the ideas!

  35. #35 - Jen says:

    LOVE IT! I am always looking for ways to "bedazzle" (as my husband puts it) my basic tees and things. thanks so much for the great giveaway!

    jen at crackpotshop dot com

  36. #36 - muffin says:

    oh new ways to fancy up some old tees!! i am crossing my fingers and toes!!

  37. #37 - Bonnie says:

    If I win one of these books I PROMISE I will make one of the t-shirt designs in it:). I love stuff like this!

  38. #38 - CountryBelle says:

    Yay! Finally a cheat sheet for those out there who find themselves creatively challenged at times!! I love t-shirts. I wear them almost everyday. It would sure be nice to pretty them up a little!!

  39. #39 - Splendid Little Stars says:

    I love Jennifer's ideas that you have shown here! How generous of her to donate books to a giveaway! The decorated sleeves are fantastic. I have been dyeing and drawing (with dye) on T shirts for a long time now. It would be wonderful to get some new ideas. So matter what, I am definitely checking out this book!
    Thanks, Cathe, for the chance to win, and for telling us about this intriguing book!

  40. #40 - Melanie says:

    Well, I am a Tshirt kind of gal … and I have been having inclinations to make my own … this book would be perfect!

  41. #41 - yday says:

    My kids and I tried decorating shirts with the glue resist (crafty batiking) with less than perfect results. But it was and I'd love some new ideas. You know we enough tshirts with stains that need some love and ceativity.

  42. #42 - Heather says:

    I just started playing around with altering my t-shirts. This book looks like fun!

  43. #43 - Catherine says:

    WOW!!!! I LOVE THIS! I have always wanted to do designs on fabrics. Last year I did some calligraphy on fabric. I was pretty happy with it too. I would love to see if she has tried it and what it looks like.
    Thank you for a chance to win one of her books.

  44. #44 - kelly says:

    i've been daydreaming of doing some patchwork/applique to some t-shirts…this is inspiring!

  45. #45 - WinnyNinny PooPoo says:

    Would love the book, wishing the talent to design comes with it.

    Is it available at Amazon? Just wondering because I want the book, and have no luck!

  46. #46 - SewLindaAnn says:

    I am a constant t-shirt, bandana on my head kind of gal. This book would really help get me out of my comfort zone of over-sized gray or white tees.

  47. #47 - liz @ bon temps beignet says:

    So fun! I have some plain Ts that need an update.

  48. #48 - marie says:

    My daughter has been turning her t-shirts into adorable outfits for my two-year old granddaughter. I know she would love this book.
    Thanks for sharing where I can buy…just in case I don't win!
    : )

  49. #49 - Kari says:

    I am so wanting to makeover my tees! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

  50. #50 - Cortney Lyon says:

    Those are so cute, I love the long tee/ tee dress that is on the cover, I can only imagine what the book has on the inside. I'm a teacher, and the most comfortable and afordable peice of clothing is a tee…but they dont always look professional when they are plain. This would be a great way to dress up a plain tee. Also, I can see my students making their own tee this way.

    Thanks for the chance at this awesome giveaway!

  51. #51 - kristin says:

    Wow, that book is serious eye candy. I'd love to try my hand at print my own tshirts.

  52. #52 - Country Dreaming says:

    Cool book and cool T's


  53. #53 - Heather says:

    This book looks so cool. I have seen some simple tutorials on customizing t's but this looks so cool and in depth. It would be a fun twist on the screen printing biz I grew up in.

  54. #54 - Marcia says:

    Now that my grandnieces are getting older, this would be an interesting after school project to keep them busy. I am a T-shirt fanatic (per my mother) so would enjoy upcycling some of my favorites. This sounds bun.

  55. #55 - Jen / Desert Drivel says:

    What an awesome book – I would LOVE to win it! =) I've been on a t-shirt kick lately and within the past 10 days have made/embellished three! These ideas are just what I need to feed my habit. Thanks for doing the giveaway!

  56. #56 - Hausmaus says:

    What a great giveaway, thank you so much! That book looks fantastic. I'm starting to get really bored with my plain t-shirts!

  57. #57 - Jessica says:

    I attempted my first silk screening a couple weeks ago and it went horribly wrong. Would love this book!

  58. #58 - Nicole Austin says:

    wow, awesome! i've always loved making tees but tie-dying and iron-on transfers are about the most i know on this subject! this book looks full of great ideas and techniques. thanks!

  59. #59 - Maggie says:

    I'd love to win this great idea book! My daughter loves to craft with me and this looks like the perfect thing to do with her and all of her tees!

  60. #60 - Found & Made Designs says:

    What a fun giveaway! I'm usually seen wearing vintage t-shirts just because i like having something others might not. This book would help me take that to the next level. My daughter and I would have a blast making fun, funky shirt for others to covet:)

  61. #61 - Found & Made Designs says:

    What a fun giveaway! I'm usually seen wearing vintage t-shirts just because i like having something others might not. This book would help me take that to the next level. My daughter and I would have a blast making fun, funky shirt for others to covet:)

  62. #62 - Monica says:

    I've have a 'favorites' list as long as my arm in etsy of all kinds of cool tees. Now I can attempt making my own 🙂

  63. #63 - Lori says:

    So fun! This book looks fabulous. I have secretly been wanting to make an owl tee because my kids love animals and I love the trendy owl right now!


    lorifrost1 (at) g mail

  64. #64 - Breanne & Shannon says:

    I would love to make-over the tshirts in my closet with these awesome ideas 🙂

  65. #65 - Breanne & Shannon says:

    I would love to make-over the tshirts in my closet with these awesome ideas 🙂

  66. #66 - Michele says:

    I just bought a T-shirt today, but let me tell you, these T's are SO much cuter, and I love that they are handmade!!! Great giveaway!!!

    Thanks so much!!
    Michele R.(CA)
    Luvkittysgiveaways at Gmail dot com
    Butterfly Whispers

  67. #67 - Amy says:

    I've been wanting to make rosettes on a t-shirt for a couple weeks now.
    you can reach me at

  68. #68 - Starla says:

    it is nice to have t-shirt ideas that are fun and not so dated

  69. #69 - val says:

    Looks like there are some great ideas here! Thanks!

  70. #70 - Nancy's Couture says:

    I was painting a couple of plain boring tees tonight for my little girl. I could really use this book!!!

  71. #71 - lindsay says:

    have seen some online tutorials about how to design tees, but most of them involved gashing large holes in revealing places. Her book is so much more interesting than that–would love to try out some of the designs!

    So kind of her to offer up her books for a giveaway–thanks so much!

  72. #72 - Kristin says:

    I definitely have some tees that need help. That looks like a really fun book!

  73. #73 - Johanna says:

    these tee's are FANTASTIC

    I love it

  74. #74 - Jo says:

    omg~ i always have trouble getting my hands on nice tees, would love to design my own!

  75. #75 - Dana says:

    Those tees are awesome! I've been trying to make one for my niece this past week and am very stuck on getting it to look right. This book would be great to have! Not to mention there is another niece in the works!

  76. #76 - Anacleta Coqueta says:

    I've been personalizing my tees since I was a teen, I just love to express my self with my tees!

  77. #77 - Anne@LittleSproutBooks says:

    Those designs look amazing! The only tee-decorating I've done is with tie-dye and puff-paint when I was younger – I'd love to design something a grown-up me could wear!
    littlesproutbooks at gmail dot com

  78. #78 - azterya says:

    Very cool – I find myself wearing tees almost everyday and bar one or two they're pretty boring. I'd love to have a go at making some designer ones.

  79. #79 - Joy says:

    Wow that looks like a wonderful book. I think I shall put it on my wish list in case I am not lucky enough to win. On the off-chance I do I can be contacted through my own blog at
    Fingers crossed.

  80. #80 - Effie says:

    What a way to elevate the humble T…
    fantastic stuff!

  81. #81 - Multiductus says:

    How could I not comment?!?!
    The book looks amazing and here in Italy it's very difficult to find this kind of books 🙁
    I tried myslf to embellish t-shirt, and the only one I'm proud of is this one:
    I wish I win 😉
    harumi at libero dot it

  82. #82 - RavenJoolz says:

    I would love this book to livenup the end of long sleeve T-shirts that I live in in the winter….

  83. #83 - RavenJoolz says:

    I would love this book to livenup the end of long sleeve T-shirts that I live in in the winter….

  84. #84 - LittleRed says:

    What a great sounding book! I've been thinking about silk screening on T shirts for a while now. It probably is about time to read up on it some:)

  85. #85 - Sarah says:

    I love t-shirt crafting!! This would be a great book to own!!! Thanks!

  86. #86 - iHanna says:

    I'm always wanting to change and alter clothes but I never get to it, i need some inspiration. This post alone is inspiring, thank you for sharing!

  87. #87 - Alix says:

    ooooh this book looks soo cool…and i have several tee~s waiting for a little tee~l~c! ;0)

  88. #88 - Allison says:

    I love the honeycomb fabric embellishment – I think I would try that first!

  89. #89 - Kahler and Katy says:

    i have so many plain t-shirts and would LOVE to try some of her ideas!!

    it's possible i'll buy the book if i don't win! 🙂

  90. #90 - asuka says:

    Ooh, this would be a great book to own! I'd like to do some surgery to oversized t-shirts I own, and do not know what to do with!

    so.kitsch at gmail dot com

  91. #91 - oversewn says:

    I've loved raeburn ink for years now. My antarctica sweatshirt is almost 6 years old and still my most favorite sweatshirt in the whole wide world!! I love Jennifer. When I ordered from her years ago – she was so super nice!! Yay for the book! Cheers

  92. #92 - Arabela says:

    I think i would love to try to embellishing some Tees, but i was always afraid i would ruin them. Maybe a book would help me to start trying.

  93. #93 - Anonymous says:

    I think the sleeves are just amaing. I never would have thought to just alter sleeves and now maybe I will try something like this as the scale will not be so daunting.
    Thanks for all the sharing you do Cathe!
    mblaise29 at yahoo dot com

  94. #94 - Landfill Hill says:

    Thrifting is just about my fave thing on earth. The t-shirt aisle is always packed full of beautiful colors of jersey just waiting to be recycled, but that is the one aisle that completely baffles me… Finally, a book that could show me how to recycle some of the shirts I've passed by so many times!!

  95. #95 - Weezie says:

    I love t-shirts!!! What else is there to say?

  96. #96 - Craig says:

    I really love the idea of using found objects to make prints, then use those prints to design a shirt. very cool!

  97. #97 - Sarah says:

    I have so many solid colored tshirts that I would love to spice them up a bit. This looks like an awesome book!

  98. #98 - Apryl says:

    the book sounds fabulous… I have doodled on a few tshirts before but not tried to print on one.. precently I have made a few lunch bags out of the tshirts my son has grown out of, very simple but useful.

  99. #99 - Kate says:

    I would love to learn more about this! Hope I win, I am fascinated with printmaking and would love to take it to fabric!

  100. #100 - mitzi says:

    Free Tee! I'm in!

  101. #101 - LisaT says:

    This book looks great and I love the idea of printing on the sleeves. So simple but unexpected! Would love to win this book, I would but it to very, very good use.

  102. #102 - emmy jay says:

    I've been messing around with tees for the past year or so — reconstructing, restyling, and making my own. This book looks like it could definitely provide some further inspiration.

  103. #103 - Campbell says:

    I have long been "designing" my own tees: I have taken scissors to nearly every EVENT tee I own, cutting off the collar, fringing up the sleeves, snipping designs into the bodice. Now for a book that can show me how to design with OTHER implements of torture to bring about BEAUTY!!


  104. #104 - Tricia says:

    A good T is so important, it's worth buying a dozen of one style that fits well!

  105. #105 - Christie Cottage says:

    I love the using "junk" for designs!!!

    You have my personal email.


  106. #106 - Melissa says:

    my husband and I have been designing our own tees for a while now, we are always needing more instruction! please and thank you!

  107. #107 - tammikins says:

    So cool! I try to make everything I buy unique in some way – I don't want something that every one else has!

  108. #108 - Kirsten Holen says:

    My friend has done tie-dye tee-shirts forever, and I've always wanted in on the shirt making but tie-dye just isn't my my thing. This book sounds like it has a little bit of everything about shirt designing and I am certainly up for trying a little bit of anything where I can express myself and share with others.

  109. #109 - aeb says:

    How cool is that!

    I used to love embellishing t-shirts! Remember puffy paint? I would love to try something a little more grown-up!

  110. #110 - Marianne says:

    Cathe – what a great book! I have so many plain ol' tees that could be made into something fabulous!

  111. #111 - Stacie says:

    I have so many plain T's in desperate need of sprucing! I'll be getting this book no matter what!!

  112. #112 - Preserve Jewelry Studio says:

    I am totally intrigued with this book. I have been looking for another hobby (lol).

  113. #113 - cakegirl says:

    Her designs are great. Love the idea of just embellishing the sleeves.
    Thak you both for a very generous giveaway.

  114. #114 - Susan says:

    Great inspiration! I love the embellished sleeves! Woo-hoo!

  115. #115 - LittleGemsbyKari says:

    i have so many tees that need something else- i'd love to reinvent my wardrobe and then move on to my customers! 🙂

  116. #116 - other-option says:

    Sweet – especially since t-shirts are the un-official mandatory uniform of motherhood.
    – Danielle
    other-option AT hotmail DOT com

  117. #117 - corvustristis says:

    Ooo- I reconstruct t-shirts (and am currently sewing one from scratch- I should go finish that), but I'm sadly lacking in embellishment-on-knit skills. This book would round me out!


  118. #118 - Linda in New Mexico says:

    I am all over this book. I hope I am a winner but even if I'm not, I've gotta have this wonderful t shirt and beyond information book. Thanks Cathe and Thanks Jennifer Cooke.
    turtle8603 at comcast dot net

  119. #119 - mizdarlin says:

    Great looking book…
    For those of us who are plus-sized, there is less variety in the women's tees would be wonderful to learn some great new techniques that I could use to embellish and brighten up the boring tees I have…

  120. #120 - Cheree says:

    My son recently won a t-shirt design contest at school. This would be fun to go through with him to help expand his horizons! cheree[dot]daley[at]gmail[dot]com. Thanks!

  121. #121 - Jill Benbow says:

    Considering I live in t-shirts, and strive to live in graphically cool and interesting t-shirts, I think I must have this cool book! My head is already spinning with ideas and possibilities…

  122. #122 - Sweet T says:

    i've been looking for something a lot cooler to do with my nieces, other than tie-dye. i would love this!

  123. #123 - Susan of Pink Portuguese Roses says:

    Love this How to book!!! I love the idea of creating a tee that is truly mine.

    So cool!

  124. #124 - Stephanie says:

    I was just thinking about running to the craft store during lunch today and looking at some stuff to make over some old clothes!

  125. #125 - Elizabeth says:

    WOO HOO I love this book. Even if I don't win I will own this book. I have a ton a tees that I want to make new with a few emblishments.
    Thanks for the giveaway!


  126. #126 - Donna Nguyen says:

    I love DIY tees. I love how you can personalize them and they are so cheap to make!

  127. #127 - Shanarun says:

    Oooooooooh! I love the idea of using "junk!" Wonder if I can find a mini junk trumpet, or maybe guitar….
    Would really love to see what is inside this book! Thanks for the giveaway.

  128. #128 - Jeannine says:

    I love the idea of designing your own Tee's. Most store designs are so juvenile. And I'm not into the floral prints they think women want to buy. I would love some inspiration.

  129. #129 - Gena says:

    Love her ideas! My boys and I had a great time this summer creating new shirts for them! Now I need some for myself!

  130. #130 - mitziscollectibles says:

    I'm so excited about this book, which I will definitely buy if I don't win, because last spring I purchased a whole box of carved wooden stamps in really cool designs. I need a little kick in the pants to get started making my own unique tees, and this book would do the trick!

  131. #131 - therupps says:

    So many many options….

  132. #132 - Martha says:

    I have tons of plain tees I've been wanting to embellish.
    The only thing I could come up with was machine embroidery. This would give me so many more ideas.

  133. #133 - pandy says:

    I tend to gravitate towards solid-color, boring tees, so this would be a great way to liven up my wardrobe!
    pandy256 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  134. #134 - Julie says:

    I love the designs you have pictured! Thanks to you and Jennifer for the great giveaway!
    Julie H.
    julien [at]

  135. #135 - Gayle says:

    That sounds like a really awesome book! I'd love to try something like this – lately I've been buying 2 tees and using one of them to cut up and embellish the other one with. I've made some with flowers around the neckline, and some ruffles down the front. It's so much fun! That picture you shared of the printed sleeves is great!

  136. #136 - Valley Girl says:

    What a talented young lady….WOW!! This looks like such a great resource. I am currently pregnant and find most pregnancy clothes either ugly-or way over priced for the amount of time you wear them. This would be SO much fun to make my own stuff as I "grow" and still have some sassy style! Thanks for this great opportunity!

  137. #137 - Jean says:

    This book looks amazing. Oh the possibilities of what one can do beyond the tee-shirt….the gears are already turning.

  138. #138 - Stephanie says:

    Love the ideas and fun prints. I especially loved the quote about the "mistakes"–isn't that the truth?! Who could live without t-shirts? I especially love long sleeved ones when the weather finally cools down a bit. Nothing better! Thanks for the heads up on the book and for the opportunity to win one.

  139. #139 - hclairec says:

    I need some creative time!!! Love these ideas!!!

  140. #140 - Brooke Ann Dove says:

    These days you can tell a person by the t-shirt they wear. Being able to create a shirt exactly how you want it would be amazing. Plus, I need to love my mistakes.

  141. #141 - Amy says:

    Oh I love it! I've been wanting to do some t-shirt printing, but don't really know where to start. I'm especially trying to recycle some of my kids tees! I like the excerpt: "Love your mistakes." I think that's the hardest thing ever–not just in crafting, but in life in general. God never promised it would be easy, just that it would be worth it!

    amy @ lifeinpinkhitops [at] gmail [dot] com

  142. #142 - Allison says:

    This book looks so neat! I've been meaning to try out some fabric printing. Always looking for new inspiration!

  143. #143 - Krista says:

    I just went and purchased two embellished tees because all my tees are so boring! This would be something fun to do for Christmas gifts too!!

  144. #144 - Noga says:

    Greetings from Israel!
    I love the book, and I really love your blog!
    Thanks for the opertunity!

  145. #145 - Kathy says:

    Cool!! I love T-Shirt fashion! I mademy daughter a bikini from two old T's a couple of years ago and had to make her give it up when she grew out of it. She was so sad!

  146. #146 - Shana says:

    Love these designs! I'm a huge fan of fun, clever tees and would love to make my own.

  147. #147 - coprnca says:

    i like the "junk" part… how many great ideas for tees just by looking around you…

  148. #148 - sara jane says:

    Excellent! I wear tees every day and they certainly need some sprucing up!


  149. #149 - Kahri says:

    I LOVE the sleeves only one. I usually don't wear tees because the tees in my size are all old-lady looking. I would love to have some ideas of tees I could create with my own style! :-0

  150. #150 - sana says:

    i can never find stylish or chic t-shirts in my size and always end up just buying solids… this book would defly be great to fill that void in my t-shirt wardrobe… and maybe tote bags too!!

  151. #151 - studiodax says:

    I always love books that expand on techniques – it makes me broaden my creativity into areas I might not go! I have not been a fabric kinda creative person, but I would love a book to help jump start this area of my brain!

  152. #152 - Mal says:

    these shirts are fantastic!! would love to have a copy of this book!!

  153. #153 - Jane says:

    Yeah! I'm pregnant so embellishing my boring tee's would be pretty cool. Please pick me! 🙂

  154. #154 - Camila F. says:

    Yay! I've always wanted to design my own tees! I have so many boring tees that need a makeover!

  155. #155 - Anonymous says:

    This book looks like a lot of fun! I love a good craft project!

  156. #156 - Lacretia says:

    I've always wanted to design my own tees to reflect my own style! I hope I win! Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

  157. #157 - Mimi says:

    Wow! The little preview was intriguing! Would love to try out a math related tee design!

  158. #158 - Kristie Ab says:

    love the designs on these tees – would love to make them myself!

    kristieabercrombie at gmail dot com

  159. #159 - jessica says:

    i like to cut the graphic off of a too small tee and sew onto a tote bag.

  160. #160 - Megan says:

    What an interesting looking book! I've never heard of before, but now I think I'll have to check it out 🙂

  161. #161 - Jonee says:

    Fabulous tees, love the great ideas and the beautiful results! Thank you for the chance to win a copy.

  162. #162 - Darlene says:

    What a great book idea. Her tee designs are luscious!!!

  163. #163 - LynnL says:

    The t-shirt designs look awesome. I would love to learn how to make them. Looks fun.

  164. #164 - Char- The Mad Shopper says:

    I am now wondering if I could make my own tees. My son does silk screening so I have a source of blank tees from which to beg for.

  165. #165 - Char- The Mad Shopper says:

    I am now wondering if I could make my own tees. My son does silk screening so I have a source of blank tees from which to beg for.

  166. #166 - Linda says:

    I'ts not long since I retired – what a great way to re-cycle my work Tees and get over the age thing as well!!!

  167. #167 - linda from vegas says:

    I've been wanting to do this for years but didn't have enough imagination to get started. I love Jennifer's designs shown on your post.

  168. #168 - CJ says:

    i have to wear tees at work- sea urchin poop, and all- and i'd love to snazz them up a bit.

  169. #169 - Anna says:

    Some of those designs are really cool! I haven't tried designing a tshirt since the tie dye craze a long long time ago. It looks like fun!

  170. #170 - erinkathleen says:

    Oh! Love it! As someone earlier mentioned, I'm not a huge t-shirt fan…I usually end up layering with cardigans, so any cute tees get covered. However, I can see these designs prettying up my boring ol' tanks and jersey skirts!

    Thanks for the chance to win! 🙂

  171. #171 - Anonymous says:

    I love one-of-a-kind clothes and this book sounds like a winner!

  172. #172 - sbcmom says:

    What absolute fun! Makes me want to raid my drawers and get busy. Thanks for the giveaway!

  173. #173 - Krystle says:

    I love the idea of this book and totally want it!

  174. #174 - a2+W says:

    FINALLY a design-centric book for revamping tees!!! I'm so tired of t-shirt redesign books that rely on scissors for transformation.

  175. #175 - Geralyn Gray says:

    She has the aTEEtude of a true artist!!!!

  176. #176 - Carly says:

    I have never crafted something for myself to wear. It's about time I tackle a tee project!

  177. #177 - Swing Station Studio says:

    I was just thinking this morning that I had no tee shirts I loved! How perfect, a book for how-to! I would be so excited to win this book and redesign my wardrobe!


  178. #178 - Carla says:

    Oh, I'm anxious to look at this book to see how she made these fabulous tees!! Looks like fun!

  179. #179 - Bree Stanley says:

    lovin these tees…..defiantly gonna have to pick this book up…..lots of boring tees to spice up!!!!

  180. #180 - Jillian says:

    I'm been on a bit of a tee purge but maybe I can work on redeeming them instead of tearing them up to make bath mats.

  181. #181 - Willa says:

    This looks like so much fun! I think the young folks in my life would enjoy having such cute shrits!

  182. #182 - cmjhawaii says:

    Such creativity! I have some blank shirts that my daughters have been wanting to dye. But these ideas look so much better than your normal tie dye.
    flowerpower0097 at live dot com

  183. #183 - dinny says:

    gotta LOVE those sleeves! That book looks SO inspiring. Even shared the link w/ my 13 year old daughter… she loves to cut apart Ts I get from the thrift store 🙂

  184. #184 - Movie Maven says:

    I always hang on to old tees in the hopes that I will find a good use for them – this book looks like it might be the ticket!

  185. #185 - Ms. Zimmer Teaches in Math Land says:

    If I win I am sharing with Selena over at Apronthriftgirl, one of the bravest crafters I know. We are going to destroy and sew Monday, just in time to try a t-shirt!

  186. #186 - Kerri says:

    love the idea of embellishing sleeves also!

  187. #187 - Anonymous says:

    I have only done iron on's for my own tees, so this would be a HUGE step for me! Adore the designs!

  188. #188 - Clorinda says:

    I love t-shirts and love to try new things. Her t-shirts look amazing!

    contact me at

  189. #189 - Elisabeth says:

    I've never embellished Tees and it looks so cool!

  190. #190 - Jody T. says:

    When I was a young teen, my mom made me a t-shirt with the letters F-R-O-N-T appliqued on the front. It was a big hit with all my friends.

  191. #191 - says:

    Cool tees. Love the long sleeves.

  192. #192 - Jewel says:

    Wow! So many wonderful ideas, I would know which one to pick first! Love the idea of making my own t-shirts. Often, I like a color of a t-shirt but not the design or vice versa so this is the perfect solution!

  193. #193 - Rachel says:

    Oh can't wait to get my hands on this book. Who doesn't LOVE tees!

  194. #194 - felicia says:

    I just got this book! It's amazing! Love all of the ideas

  195. #195 - Thien-Kim aka Kim says:

    What a cool book! I love finding tees at thrift stores to give them a facelift. kimstoys at gmail dot com

  196. #196 - Chriss says:

    What wonderful sharing people you are. thank you for thre chance to branch out into an unexplored area for me. Love the look of the book, and the projects and ideas. To be able to wear my artwork is such a buzz. Thanks for the chance to win.

  197. #197 - Anonymous says:

    I've tried T-shirt surgery, but I'm more of a painter than a sew-er. This book looks amazing! Thanks for sharing, Cathe!

  198. #198 - Leah Martin says:

    I love idea books like this! This is SO inspiring! Thanks for sharing! :]

  199. #199 - Creatissimo says:

    Wow, superb ideas! It would be great to win this book as I love to paint on tees and make them special and unique. Would be creative like crazy ;)!

  200. #200 - Meghan says:

    Thank you for sharing this! I love the object prints, I never thought of doing that on fabric!

  201. #201 - joanne says:

    Very interesting technique and use of "found objects". This book could probably break the ice in trying to design t's and also other fabric. Browsed the book on Amazon and also read Jen's blog. I noticed her on your blog about the Renegade and was interested. All that said, do I really have the skill and tools to do this? Thanks Cathe for introducing so many of us to your extremely creative contacts and friends. It's a learning experience every day.

  202. #202 - joanne says:

    Very interesting technique and use of "found objects". This book could probably break the ice in trying to design t's and also other fabric. Browsed the book on Amazon and also read Jen's blog. I noticed her on your blog about the Renegade and was interested. All that said, do I really have the skill and tools to do this? Thanks Cathe for introducing so many of us to your extremely creative contacts and friends. It's a learning experience every day.

  203. #203 - Rebecca Blood says:

    You know I rarely wear tees anymore – but I think that might change if I could custom design one or two!

  204. #204 - Yvette says:

    What a great book! My sisters and I have always made our own tees the "low tech" way (iron ons and t-shirt paint). It would be so fun to do some that are actually stylish and not just for fun.

  205. #205 - Nikki says:

    OH EM GEE, I neeeeeeeeeeedd this book! I am currently working on embellishing a tee with some scrapbooking supplies…

  206. #206 - Jennie says:

    I never get a chance to DIY my OWN clothing. It's always something I have planned for someone else. I love the looks Jennifer has come up with and would love to try them on my own clothes.

  207. #207 - Spoon says:

    I stopped wearing t-shirts a while ago because they were either boring or promoting some random thing. I've been missing them. Maybe this book will help me make some pretty, wearable tees : )

  208. #208 - Meghan T. says:

    I love the one with the sleeves only decorated. I would never have thought of that either. Love that!
    I had a favorite tee of mine that had the sleeves where they were longer and had a whole for the thumb! LOVE that. Kept me warm!
    The book looks interesting! Would love to win

  209. #209 - Dee Tollaksen says:

    I would love to share this with my daughter, she has been "personalizing" her Ts for years!

  210. #210 - Donna K. says:

    I would love to be able to design my own tees. This book would be a great inspiration. Thanks for the opportunity!

  211. #211 - flutefish says:

    Oh, so cool! I saw this book on Amazon the other day and immediately added it to my shopping list. I could totally use this because I've been sewing my own tees, and I'm t minus eight days from getting a serger, so I will be sewing even more of them and could use ideas on how to decorate them!

  212. #212 - michelle says:

    I LOVE THIS!!! Now I can take my cheapy t's and make them look like I care what I look like. As a mom that doesn't take time to shop for myself I usually pick up my t's at Wally world while I grocery shop. Now I can add alittle creativity. this is so cool. Thanks for the introduction.

  213. #213 - Nancie Kay says:

    How interesting! As an elementary art teacher, I don't like to invest a lot of money in my school clothing because the higher the cost the more likely it will be ruined. This would allow me to wear inexpensive T-shirts that look great & could be a walking example of the elements & principles!

  214. #214 - Elizabeth says:

    I have way too many plain t-shirts, mainly because I can never decide or know how to jazz them up. This book looks awesome!!

  215. #215 - poppy says:

    I would love this book! I used to paint my own tee's but they always turned out stiff and flakey

  216. #216 - dandelionlady says:

    I just got a bunch of hand me down teeshirts that are just so plain. This would be perfect to spruce them up a bit!

  217. #217 - Anonymous says:

    Great designs and ideas. I already repurpose /resize tees, but want to get into design, and screenprinting. Looks like a great book!

  218. #218 - Rose C. says:

    I have six creative women in my household who would probably find endless inspiration from this book. We would love to own it.

  219. #219 - Nell says:

    I worked at a T-shirt factory for one day. ONE. The reason I wanted to work there was to learn the art of screen printing that I never got to learn in college. Unfortunitally, the minimum wage, 120 degree heat (wearing gloves!) and the 14-16 hour days were just too much for me. (The minimum wage with those conditions was what did it! I was used to working in dark rooms, fully air conditioned!) I'd love to learn some of that in the comfort of my own kitchen!

  220. #220 - Christine says:

    This would be so fun for gifts or baby clothes! I love the examples!

  221. #221 - Alphacyg says:

    I have five kids to clothe, and t-shirts are a staple. This would be awesome!

  222. #222 - MamaJ says:

    Oh! I'm a SAHM that's been stuck wearing old grungy tees that need a facelift. This book would be perfect! Thank you! 🙂

  223. #223 - Trish says:

    I just discovered your blog, and what a treasure trove it is! You are going to be a continuing inspiration in my crafting efforts!
    I would love to find new and different ideas for all the tees I have that have NOTHING on them – I just love the colors! This book would be the answer!!

  224. #224 - dawnkristine says:

    I have been messing around with Tshirt remakes all summer, and I am so excited for this book! Yeah!

  225. #225 - Kajsa says:

    oh, all those plain boring tees I have, all waiting for some inspiration, to be upcycled 🙂

  226. #226 - Aunt Kristina says:

    What a cool idea. I love having something unique-and I'm starting to get into making my own clothes so this would be ideal. 🙂

  227. #227 - judean says:

    I have been altering t-shirts with fabric, but love how this book has a graphic spin to that–thanks for the giveaway!

  228. #228 - Genevieve says:

    I used to screen print and sell my own line of baby t-shirts and I do miss it! But, really, I'm really excited to do more crafty things for MYSELF, so this is right up my alley 🙂 Thanks!

  229. #229 - VintageCrafter says:

    What an amazing book! So many wonderful ideas to create with. Please count me in!

  230. #230 - Shannon says:

    Love this concept. I was just in a crafts store and picked up two t-shirts to play with today!

  231. #231 - whatspeaks2myheart says:

    Love the idea of this book. I am just getting brave enough to try altering and reconstructing some clothing. Looks like this is a must read for fab ideas & techniques and so glad someone reminds us that mistakes aren't fatal, just a launching pad for new ideas! THanks for the opportunity to win!Paula

  232. #232 - Sandy says:

    Wow, I would love to win this book. I have been dying to do t-shirt decorating. Especially with all the great inspiration that I get from blogs like yours and books like this one!Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  233. #233 - Grateful for Grace says:

    Oh my stinkin' heck! I can barely do crafting, but this is something I would LOVEloveLOVE doing! Especially with my daughters. Wow. What a grat find! Hope I win!


  234. #234 - Lu and Moo says:

    What a great post–I love that you share so much with everyone. I can't wait to take a look at this book and try out some of the ideas.

  235. #235 - Diana says:

    I have purchased some plain t's for my 7 year old boy because the selection of printed t's for boys that age is… well… boring. We would have fun designing some that he could wear to school! Thanks. Diana

  236. #236 - Christine says:

    I just repurposed one of my husbands old tees. it is now a racerback tank top, but he has a ton more shirts I want so I would love more Ideas!!!

  237. #237 - Denise says:

    I need some new original T's 🙂

  238. #238 - ~J~ says:

    My daughter is a "cool-t-shirt-aholic" who is constantly on the prowl for great t-shirts to wear. Me, being the "let's make it at home" proponent would like to learn to ways of altering the duds we already have into their second (or third) lives. We MUST get our hands on this book!

  239. #239 - Tamara B says:

    I remember doing silk screening as a kid, but am totally mystified by it as an adult. I tend to be a "plain white tee" gal, and would love to update! Sounds like this book would be the perfect beginning. Thanks for the info! Tamara (at) Tamara jewelry (dot) com 😉

  240. #240 - snowberrylife says:

    You sharing the "Love your mistakes" excerpt has sold me on the book and the craft itself… I've been wanting to make some unique tees for myself but I've been too afraid of not getting it "right" to actually take the plunge.

    I'd love to own this book! I already imagine it'll be one of the ones that I fill with sticky notes and dog ears and tons of fingerprints 🙂

  241. #241 - Heather says:

    What an awesome book. I live in Ts but the boring plain ones. Time to add alittle creativity. Keeping my fingers crossed.

  242. #242 - suzieQ says:

    Love the idea of making unique tees. If YOU recommend this book then I know it has to be full of creative ideas and easy to understand projects. Got my toes and fingers crossed!
    Thanks for the give away.

  243. #243 - Jacque says:

    I like to buy the tees that are on sale at Michaels or other craft stores and use them to practice techniques on. They are usually only about $3 or so on sale. I would love to have this new book….the cover looks so good and I know she must have lots of great ideas.

  244. #244 - Bridgid says:

    Wonderful ideas! I like the way she thinks. I had a recent epiphany that Tees are the uniform of my life (I am 43). Rather than change it, I am embracing it!

  245. #245 - LISA says:

    I wear mostly tees and could really use a new twist. Thanks for the chance, I hope you share some of your ideas for tees in this space.


  246. #246 - ctemommy says:

    I would actually love to win this book for my daughter who's 12 and super creative. She just recently cut up some t-shirts and knotted the edges to make a really cute look layered with a tank. Thanks for the chance to win!

  247. #247 - Emily says:

    I'm a t-shirt junkie, but I usually just get plain ones because graphic print tees are always so cliche, and sometimes just plain ugly. I'd love to know how to do it myself!!

  248. #248 - Lori Kay says:

    the book looks great! Can't wait to explore its contents myself.

  249. #249 - Valerie says:

    I would love this book! I have lots of tees that are just screaming to be made-over!

  250. #250 - Artsy Aut says:

    I would love to create some exciting tees! All mine are too plain!

  251. #251 - Kristen J says:

    Love your blog and I Jennifer's book looks amazing!

  252. #252 - Jaimie Lee says:

    I have tons of old tees I'd love to spice up a bit…I can't wait to buy this book (or maybe win it!). 🙂

  253. #253 - Commuter's Journal says:

    Wow! Very inspirational. I love when someone takes something familiar and presents it in an entirely new way. I have so many of my son's old T-shirts from camp, shows, sports, etc. that no longer fit him but still fit me. How cool would it be to alter them and turn them into a fashion statement? Thanks for offering this, Cathe!

  254. #254 - Carla says:

    The t-shirt was created by a genius! Is there any other piece of clothing more comfortable or loved? no. I think not.

  255. #255 - Cathy Simonds says:

    Hi, Would like to get my hands on that book! I enjoyed my first T-Shirt dyeing in summer school. 20 Autistic young children tye dyed a t-shirt. I’m sure they could disign some great T’s !! Thanks so much. Cathy