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Behind the Scenes: The Making of Doodle and Scribble Apparel


Today, we’re diving into the fascinating world of doodle apparel. If you’ve ever wondered how those unique, fun, and quirky designs end up on your favorite shirts, hoodies, and accessories, you’re in the right place. 


This article will take you through the process of making doodle apparel, from the initial idea to the final product. So, let’s get started!


1. Idea Generation: The Birth of a Doodle

Every great piece of doodle apparel starts with an idea. Inspiration can come from anywhere – a funny moment, a random thought, or even a dream.


Finding Inspiration

  • Nature and Daily Life: Observing the world around you can spark creativity. Something as simple as a walk in the park or a trip to the market can lead to a new doodle idea.
  • Pop Culture: Movies, music, and TV shows are rich sources of inspiration. Incorporating elements from popular culture can make your designs relatable and trendy.
  • Personal Experiences: Your life experiences can translate into unique and meaningful designs. Think about what makes you laugh, cry, or think deeply.

Sketching the Concept

Once you have an idea, it’s time to put pencil to paper. Start with rough sketches, and don’t worry about perfection. The goal is to capture the essence of your idea.


2. Refining the Design: From Sketch to Digital Masterpiece

After the initial sketch, it’s time to refine your doodle and make it ready for apparel printing.


Digitizing the Sketch

  • Scanning: Use a scanner to digitize your hand-drawn sketch. If you don’t have a scanner, a high-quality photo taken with your smartphone can also work.
  • Digital Drawing Tools: Software like Adobe Illustrator, Procreate, or even free tools like GIMP can help you clean up and refine your design. These tools allow you to adjust lines, add colors, and create a polished final version.

Adding Color and Details

  • Choosing Colors: Think about the colors that will make your design pop. Use a color palette that complements the apparel you plan to print on.
  • Detailing: Add any necessary details to enhance your design. This could be shading, highlights, or additional elements that complete the doodle.

3. Preparing for Printing: Getting Your Design Ready

With your digital design ready, the next step is to prepare it for printing on apparel.


Creating Print-Ready Files

  • Resolution: Ensure your design is high resolution (at least 300 DPI) to maintain quality when printed.
  • File Format: Save your design in a format suitable for printing, such as PNG, EPS, or SVG. These formats support transparent backgrounds and high-quality prints.

Choosing the Right Apparel

  • Selecting Apparel Types: Decide on the apparel on which you want to print your design. T-shirts, hoodies, and tote bags are popular, but don’t be afraid to explore other options, like hats or socks.
  • Fabric Considerations: The type of fabric you choose affects the look of your design. Cotton is a common choice for its comfort and printability, but other fabrics, like polyester or blends, can offer different textures and finishes.

4. Printing Process: Bringing Your Doodle to Life

Now it’s time to bring your doodle to life through printing. There are several methods to choose from, each with its advantages.


Screen Printing

  • Process: Screen printing involves creating a stencil (or screen) and applying layers of ink on the apparel. It’s great for bulk printing and vibrant colors.
  • Pros: Durable prints are cost-effective for large quantities.
  • Cons: Limited to a few colors per design; initial setup can be costly.

Direct-to-Garment (DTG) Printing

  • Process: DTG printing works like a regular inkjet printer but for apparel. It sprays ink directly onto the fabric.
  • Pros: Ideal for detailed and multicolored designs, no setup costs.
  • Cons: Higher cost per item, best for small to medium runs.

Heat Transfer

  • Process: Heat transfer involves printing your design on a special transfer paper and using heat to transfer the ink to the apparel.
  • Pros: Good for small batches and complex designs.
  • Cons: Less durable than screen printing and DTG, with the potential for cracking over time.

5. Quality Control: Ensuring Perfection

Before your doodle apparel hits the market, ensuring it meets high-quality standards is crucial.


Checking Print Quality

  • Inspecting Colors: Ensure the colors are vibrant and authentic to your original design.
  • Examining Details: Check for missing or smudged details, especially in intricate designs.

Testing Durability

  • Wash Tests: Wash a sample of the printed apparel to check for colorfastness and print durability.
  • Wear Tests: Wear the apparel to ensure comfort and longevity.

6. Marketing Your Doodle Apparel: Sharing Your Art with the World

With your doodle apparel ready, it’s time to share it with the world.


Building an Online Presence

  • Website: Create a website (like where customers can browse and purchase your designs.
  • Social Media: Use platforms like Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest to showcase your apparel and engage with potential customers.

Engaging Your Audience

  • Storytelling: Share the story behind each design. People love to know the inspiration and process behind what they wear.
  • Customer Interaction: Encourage customers to share photos of themselves wearing your apparel and feature them on your social media and website.


Creating doodle apparel is a fun and rewarding process that combines creativity, technology, and craftsmanship. Each step is crucial in bringing your unique designs to life, from the initial idea to the final product. By following these steps and putting your heart into every design, you can create apparel that looks great and resonates with people.



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