DIY Screenprinting Jig Instructions v.1

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DIY Screenprinting Jig Instructions v.1


Create your own screenprinting jig for printing t-shirts. Can be made with materials available from any hardware store, as well as hinge clamps from your screen printing goods supplier. Basic equipment and tools required to create. Please fill out Customer form upon download, as I would like to know where people are coming from. If you want to share instructions with other people, please direct them to this website for download! Cheers!

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I have created several of these t-shirt jigs over the past couple of years, to use for beginners screenprinting lessons, community workshops and live printing events. After teaching short courses at an arts college and local art studio, I began to notice that a) lots of people of all ages and walks of life wanted to print their designs on t-shirts and b) there wasn’t many options for buying a basic, single-station t-shirt jig that cost less than a couple of hundred dollars. Hence, these jigs, or what I call the “tightarse* tee jig” was born.

I wanted to make something that was inexpensive to make but solid and sturdy enough that it would last for hundreds of print runs to come. For some there may be an excessive amount of timber and screws, but I wanted to keep this as straight forward to make, even for those with minimal skills. If you take inspiration from the design and adapt it into another form, I would love to see what you come up with.

Note that these jigs are made to fit the screens from the online Tooth and Nail store ( that have the internal dimensions of 430 x 530mm. The idea here being that the end of the screen (the end closest to you when printing) sits around about where the “neck” of the shirt platen is when printing.

This size of platen and size of screen means that you will be able to print an image 300 x 400mm. It is important to take note of this when exposing your screen (or getting someone else to do it for you).

One of these should be able to be made for around $50-$60 or so, but the price really depends on several things, such as the quality of the hinge clamps, and whether or not you already have some of the materials (such as the PVA glue and some of the screws) lying around your house or workspace. I have found plenty of the melamine board in skips bins of building sites from kitchen and shelving installs, as well as from offices moving or being closed down. The structural pine you can often find as scraps, however adjustments in measurements may need to be made for different thicknesses, and make sure it is not twisted (especially the long piece). To keep this economical, the jig only uses one piece of 2.4 metre piece of the pine. If you are in Australia, you can buy inexpensive hinge clamps from I Print Engineering ( or the online Tooth and Nail store ( Generally, the more you spend the better quality they will be.

If you make one of these jigs, please send to me at and I will feature it on my social media ( or @joshsocks on Instagram). If someone else wants to make one, I’d love it if they could be directed to my website- tracking downloads means I know where people are coming from.

Good luck and enjoy,

*tight-arse: Australian Slang
noun, informal: a person who spends as little money as possible; a miser.