How to Transfer a Drawing to a T-Shirt


If you've sketched an artistic masterpiece, consider transferring your one-of-a-kind piece onto a T-shirt to show off your skill. Encourage children to draw a picture of a family member as an original homemade gift option. Celebrate the holidays with wearable art, or draw a special birthday picture and transfer onto a T-shirt to recognize the guest of honor on his big day. Combine household items and some craft supplies to complete your projects.

Things You'll Need

  • Scanner
  • Printer
  • Printing transfer sheet
  • Scissors
  • White T-shirt
  • Iron
  • Ironing board
  • Insert your drawing into a scanner and press the scan button, or activate the scanning process via your computer scanning software that came with the scanner.

  • Adjust any coloring, text or other facet of the drawing through the scanner's software, and flip the drawing to a mirror image. Preview the print to ensure the entire drawing will be visible when printed, and adjust the size of the drawing as necessary.

  • Insert a piece of printing transfer paper for inkjet or laser printers into your printer, and send the digital drawing to your printer. Inspect the transfer paper to make certain all the colors and lines have printed.

  • Trim the transfer sheet approximately 1/4-inch around the drawing to make the visible border smaller. Position the transfer paper drawing facedown onto a white t-shirt.

  • Press a hot iron over the transfer paper according to the paper's package directions -- approximately 45 seconds to one minute. Allow the transfer paper to cool, to prevent injury before peeling back the paper.

Tips & Warnings

  • Turn the shirt inside out before washing. When transferring onto dark-colored clothing, use transfer paper specially made for dark colors.

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