How to Create & Print Iron-Ons

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An iron-on design is the perfect way to customize any T-shirt, jacket, tote bag or other fabric items you have lying around the house. You can create a design for your own personal wardrobe, or create shirts to promote your business or local charity. Learn how to quickly create and print your own iron-on transfers to add personality to your boring, plain shirts.

Things You'll Need

  • Premade Pictures (Optional)
  • High-Quality Color Printer
  • Photo Editing Software
  • Transfer Paper
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Ironing Board
  • Find or create the picture you'd like to use for your iron-on. You can buy packets of iron-on transfers with lots of fun pictures. Check the package to see if it is for light- or dark-colored fabric.

  • Print out your design onto a sheet of paper. If the size or color is not how you'd like it to be, edit it in a photo editing program such as Adobe Photoshop. If you bought premade transfers, they may have their own software for easy editing.

  • Flip or mirror the image so when you print it and apply it to your fabric, it will be facing the right direction. This option is found under Image > Rotate Canvas > Flip Canvas Horizontal in Adobe Photoshop.

  • Print your design onto a sheet of transfer paper. Make sure to use a color printer if you want your design in color, and set the image to print at the highest quality your printer allows.

  • Cut out the iron-on and leave a 1/4-inch border around it. Give it time to dry first.

  • Heat an iron to the hottest setting and turn off the steam. Place your fabric on your ironing board and smooth the fabric onto which you wish to iron your design. Place the transfer onto the fabric, face down, and carefully iron over it. Peel back the transfer paper slowly and the design should now be transferred onto your fabric.

Tips & Warnings

  • Hand wash fabric to keep your design from cracking in the washing machine.
  • If only part of the design comes off when you iron it, carefully push the transfer paper back down. Make sure the design lines up and then iron it again.

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References

  • Photo Credit "Iron-on." [Online image] Available http://www.area51.co.nz/hanger/ironon_howto.htm, 5 June 2009.
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