How to Use Vinyl Transfer Paper


Vinyl transfer paper is a specialty computer paper that can be used to decorate T-shirts and other fabric. Artwork created on a computer is printed on the vinyl transfer paper, using an inkjet or laser printer. The image is transferred from the vinyl transfer paper to fabric with heat. The following instructions are how to use vinyl transfer paper. Instructions may vary depending on the brand of paper used.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer and printer
  • Vinyl transfer paper
  • Silicon paper
  • Copy paper
  • Iron

Insert only one piece of vinyl transfer paper into the printer. Position the paper so that the rough side of the paper will be the printed side.

Adjust the printer for the highest quality printing and print your image onto the vinyl transfer paper.

Trim the excess paper away from the image, leaving just the cut-out of the image with an edge around it, for easy removal of the backing.

Pull the paper backing from the image. If you tear one edge of the cut-out (without tearing the image) the ragged edge will make it easier to grab onto the backing and separate from the image layer.

Place the image transfer (printed side face up) on the fabric.

Cover the image with silicon paper, and then with four or five sheets of regular computer paper.

Iron over surface at the cotton or synthetic fabrics setting. Apply pressure for about 50 seconds with cotton, and about 25 seconds with synthetics.

Allow the transfer to completely cool before peeling off the outer layer.

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