How to Transfer From Paper to Fabric

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If you have a picture that you would like to put on a shirt or any other type of fabric, you can easily do it from home for much cheaper than you would pay to have it done at a store. There is a special type of paper, known as iron-on transfer paper, that allows you to transfer the image to fabric. As the name suggests, the image on the paper is transferred simply by applying a hot iron to it. As long as you know how to iron a shirt, you will get great results.

Things You'll Need

  • Iron-on transfer paper
  • Printer
  • Iron

Print your chosen image from your computer onto iron-on transfer paper. You will need to specify that you are printing on iron-on transfer paper in the print options for your computer's printer. When your computer brings up the "Print" window, click "Settings," "Advanced Settings" or "Options"--whichever your printer's drivers display. Click "Paper Type" or "Media Type" to adjust your paper settings. Then click "Print" to print out your image to the transfer.

Plug in a clothes iron and let it warm up to high heat. Iron the fabric to remove any wrinkles. Let the fabric cool down to room temperature.

Lay the paper down on the fabric with the image facing the fabric. Make sure both the fabric and the paper lay flat to ensure the best results. Iron the sheet of paper from side to side as you would with an article of clothing. Do this for about 30 seconds. If the transfer is larger than the iron, you may need to iron it in multiple sections.

Remove the paper immediately while it is still hot. Grab one corner of the paper and peel it back as you would with a bandage. If the paper sticks, lay it flat against the fabric and iron it for an additional 20 seconds.

Tips & Warnings

  • Print with the highest print quality for best results.

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