Friday, April 7, 2017

Make your own VIPKID Teacher Shirt

If you're a VIPKID teacher like me, you might have been coveting the logo shirts you see on incentive winners and in VIPKID promo videos.  Well covet no more.  Here's an easy way to make your own! (Please don't make and sell these.  I don't own the trademark logo and you don't either.)

Freezer paper
Orange shirt (or any solid color shirt if you're new and prefer not to wear orange)
X-Acto knife (it needs to be sharp)
white fabric paint

I find it easiest to just cut a piece of the freezer paper to the size of a regular 8 1/2" x 11" paper and print directly on it, but you could just print on regular paper and then trace onto the freezer paper.  It's up to you.

Find an image of the logo (google image search) that you like.  Set it to the size you want on your shirt and print it right onto the freezer paper on the non-shiny side.  You do not need to reverse the image.  Just print it how you want it to look on your shirt right on the dull side of the freezer paper.  If you can't, then print it out on regular paper and trace it onto the dull side of your freezer paper.

Then carefully cut out the parts you want to be white and discard them.  EVERYTHING that you want to be orange, you need to keep, so don't throw out those tiny VIP letters and keep the center of the D and the A and the R!  *** Just a note here, DO NOT cut this right on your grandma's antique table.  Use a cutting mat or an old phone book or something that's ok to cut under your paper.

Set your iron to med heat (wool setting on mine).  Place it onto your shirt where you like, and iron it for just a few seconds.  You'll see the freezer paper stick immediately right onto the fabric.  If you misplace it, you can carefully pull it up and do it again.  Make sure all of the tiny letter pieces are in place.  Check that all edges are sealed.

Place a sheet of cardboard or cut up cereal box inside the shirt, under the letters.  Then apply your white paint according to the bottle directions for application and drying time.  I needed 4 coats to cover the orange.

After your last coat has slightly dried (about half an hour on this paint), gently peel off your freezer paper.  Grab some tweezers to get off all the small bits that may stick.

And the most exciting part... wait for it....
 wait for it....





TA DA!  Your very own VIPKID TEACHER shirt!

Wear it proudly in your classes!

Are you wondering what the heck is VIPKID?  Well it's the best job I've ever had.  You teach English to kids in China from your own home on your own computer.  Do you love getting up before the sun? Do you love kids?  Do you have a bachelor's degree and any informal or formal teaching experience? Do you want some part-time extra income (which you can even make full-time if you're ambitious)? Then VIPKID may just be your dream job too.  Here's the link to apply.


I'd be happy to help anyone walk through the interview process.  Just send me a note.


  1. I love this! This would be an awesome vipkid meetup idea! I hope you don't mind if I share this on the vipkid bloggers Facebook group? Also we'd love to read more creative ideas if you join the group


  2. Direct printing service on the shirt is very concerned about the young, with cute cute images you want this image always follow you, you want friends to admire the photo by printing photos on the shirt. .

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