How to Iron on Pictures to Clothes


Today you can personalize any item of clothing by ironing on a customized transfer of a favorite picture of a family member, landscape or pet. In fact, transfers can be ironed on to any piece of fabric in your own home. Simply use a inkjet printer, some transfer papers and a cotton fabric to get the best results.

Things You'll Need

  • Inkjet printer
  • Paper
  • Iron on transfers
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Cotton fabric
  • Open the picture you would like to transfer on to a clothing item. Because the picture will be reversed when you iron it on, you will need to reverse it on your computer. Use your photo editing software to flip or reverse the image. This will create a mirror image of the picture and will ensure that it is transferred onto the clothing correctly.

  • Print a test sheet on regular paper with the image blown up to the same size you would use on the fabric. This will allow you to see if the image's color and resolution are right for the clothing. If the picture looks too pixelated for your taste, use a higher resolution image or make the picture smaller. If the color is distorted, use your photo editing software to adjust it.

  • Hold the test image in front of a mirror to determine if you flipped the picture correctly. The image you see in the mirror will be the final image that is ironed onto your clothing. If the image in the mirror is in reverse, flip the picture on your computer and try printing a test image again.

  • Place the transfer paper in your printer and print the image on the correct side of the paper. This will usually be the side that does not have a paper backing.

  • Cut out the design leaving a ¼ inch around the edge of the design.

  • Turn your iron onto the highest setting, and turn off the steam option. Place the transfer paper over the fabric so that the paper backing is facing up. Iron the transfer onto the fabric by pressing the iron hard and constantly moving the iron.

  • Allow the transfer to cool. Grab one edge of the paper and slowly peel it off the clothing. As you pull slowly, watch to see if the picture is transferring to the clothing. If you notice that some of the design is not transferring while you are still peeling the paper, you can still salvage the transfer by stopping, flattening the paper back out and trying to iron it on again.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always turn the clothes inside out before washing them to keep the transfer from cracking and peeling.
  • Use care when ironing the transfer. Iron in large circles to prevent the paper from burning.

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