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Iron-on T-Shirt Transfer Instructions

Iron-on T-Shirt Transfer Instructions


It is very easy to add your own design to cloth using iron-on transfer paper. The last time I bought t-shirts and transfer paper it cost me £3 for a pack of 5 sheets in Asda, and 75p per t-shirt from their budget range. As I didn't want A4 designs I printed them two designs to a page using the windows print picture function. In total it cost only £1.05 for a totally customised toddler t-shirt - lots of possibilities there for cheap gifts & stocking fillers!

The instructions I am giving are for the ink-jet t-shirt transfer paper that I have used in the past (several different types, but the instructions were all the same!)

Firstly you will need to get your t-shirts ready (they must be cotton) and print off your transfers (don't forget to mirror your image). Nick Jr is a great place for kids charcter printables, I have a list of Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! and Dora The Explorer links on this blog.

blank t-shirts   Printed tranfsers 

Carefully cut out the transfer leaving a small border around the edge of the image.


Then on your ironed t-shirt (or other flat cloth item) place the image upside down in the correct position.

Dora transfer ready to iron  

Use a hot iron (with no steam) and press the transfer into the t-shirt. Ensure you go around all the edges and corners thoroughly. This usually takes around 1 minute for an A5 size transfer (longer for larger images, less for small ones)


When the transfer paper and t-shirt are thoroughly cool, carefully peel off the backing paper from the transfer. The t-shirt must be cold to do this otherwise the transfer will lift off the t-shirt.

Dora t-shirt  

The transfers can be used on a variety of items as long as they can be ironed with a hot iron (i.e. cotton setting with no steam). So far we have decorated jeans, t-shirts, bags, underwear and made felt toys!

Wubbzy Dungarees   Wubbzy knickers  Wubbzy Felt 

Posted by OneProudMomma at Sunday, August 01, 2010 10:57 AM