A simple yet personal way to tell your story this Valentine’s Day is through the places you were when important life moments occurred.

Was it when your eyes locked for the first time? Maybe even a favorite hiking destination – or where you had your first kiss?

I have the perfect way to wear the places close to your heart and it’s, well, close to your heart! A custom t-shirt using the latitude and longitude coordinates is a sweet reminder of places you and your love share.

This idea came to me a couple of years ago when I wanted to design something special for my husband’s own Valentine’s Day gift. While thinking of all the fun we have had traveling around the country – and the world – I wanted a kind of “secret” way to remember the “Story of Us”. Something that could be easily worn every day.

Using a few simple tools, I’m going to show you how to create a custom t-shirt you’ll want to give this Valentine’s Day.

I bet a flood of special places entered your mind at the start of this post. You certainly don’t have to narrow it down to just one location – you can tell a whole story with a list of places that are dear to you.

With these simple steps you can find the combination that says just how you feel:

STEP 1: Open up Google Maps and enter the address, landmark, or general location of your special spot.

STEP 2: Click on the exact spot you want to record and notice the box that pops up. This is where you’ll find the exact latitude and longitude coordinates.


A coordinate system by means of which the position or location of any place on Earth’s surface can be determined and described. Latitude is the position North or South of the Equator and Longitude is the position East or West of the Prime Meridian.

Ok, school’s out!

STEP 3: Jot down these numbers including the negative symbols. Now, you can leave them as they are or you can convert them to Degrees Minutes Seconds (DMS).

STEP 4: From your desktop computer or tablet, open up the Shirt Pickle Design Studio and select the style & color of shirt you like.

From there, add text from the left side menu and play around with your fonts until you find one that works for you. Save your design often and get a quote right from there. Then, select your size and VOILA – a special shirt for your special someone.

We are more than happy to help with any part of the design process so reach out to us at info@shirtpickle.com anytime! Share your comments below on how you will use this fun design trick to keep your favorite places close to your heart!

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