How can I make a t-shirt or other transfer products with a digital image?
Printable DIY Iron on transfers from digital images! They are an easy and an affordable alternative to buying custom shirts. Print images onto iron on transfer paper, from your home computer and create to your hearts desire!
Here are some of the great things you can create using digital images with iron on transfer sheets:
- onesies (baby shirts)
- canvas bags
- cloth napkins
- cloth placemats
- cloth tablecloths
- denim jackets
- denim jumpers and dresses
- denim shirts
- denim jeans (especially the pockets)
- bedsheet borders
Some important tips to remember:
1. Make sure you purchase the correct iron on transfer paper. There are many types to choose from, including those for light fabric and those for dark fabric. You can purchase iron on transfer sheets at most any craft or retail store.
2. If you are going to iron your transfer onto dark fabric be aware that any part of the image that you don’t cut out will show white on the fabric.
Light fabric and transfers will be a bit more forgiving, as the transfer paper is almost transparent, however, I recommend you try to cut it out as close to the design as possible, for best results.
3. All iron on transfer papers have full instructions included with them. All will be a bit different with their instructions. Some will ask you to “mirror” or “flip” your image. If you printer has t-shirt transfer paper setting as an option in the paper type menu select it and it automatically prints out mirrored. If not, most photo viewers and editors have a setting to flip. *Remember to read the instructions. Some papers do not require flipping.
4. If you need to make your image larger or smaller, you can do this on the printer options screen before you print.
5. Practice first! Print your image out onto a plain sheet of paper to make sure it’s the correct size that you want and that all of the image is within the paper area. You also might want to consider doing a small test project on on older piece of fabric so you get the hang out of ironing the transfers.
Follow the directions on the package of transfer paper for best results.