How to Iron Photos on T-Shirts
Sure, you can buy t-shirts with some great designs already on them. And if you want a
whole bunch of personalized shirts (such as for a local drama club or church group) you
can find shops that will do shirts in bulk. But what if you want something even more original
and maybe only one or two? Do it yourself with an iron-on transfer.
You can create your own custom clothing with absolutely no Sewing skills. Decorate
t-shirts, canvas bags, and other fabric items with iron on transfers that you design yourself
and print from your desktop.
Software (to design your t-shirt or other transfer; see details below)
Iron (or heat transfer press)
Hard surface (if using an iron)
Pillowcase or other fabric (if using an iron)
T-shirt or other item to receive transfer.
1, Print a Preview, Always, always, always print a preview copy of your image before
printing it on the (often expensive) transfer paper. Do this to insure that colors print correctly.
2, Flip Image, Don't forget to flip or mirror your image.
3, Use the Right Kind of Transfer Paper, Transfer papers for white t-shirts is different
from paper for black t-shirts.
4, Use the Right Side of the Paper, Transfer paper has stripes or some other design on
the non-printing side. Be sure to put the paper in your printer so that it prints on the clean
5, Test on Scrap Fabric, Test your design on scratch fabric of the same type and color
before applying it to your final t-shirt or other fabric.
6, Use Lots of Heat, Use hottest setting on your iron but no steam. It takes a lot of heat
to transfer the image evenly and completely to the fabric. Peel off the paper while it is still
hot unless you have purchased cool-peel paper.
7, Use a Hard Surface, The reason transfer instructions specify a hard surface (such as
formica) is because it holds the heat. Ironing boards tend to disperse the heat and the transfer
paper needs to be very hot to work properly.
8, Follow the Manufacturer's Instructions, If, for some reason, you've lost the original
instructions for your transfer paper, use the guidelines in this article. However, if you have
the manufacturer's instructions and they vary from what I describe, do what the paper manufacturer
says. They may provide more exacting instructions for their specific paper on heat level, how
long you should iron the transfer, and how long to wait before separating the paper from your fabric.
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