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Iron-on transfers and your Printer.

Most of us have seen iron-on transfers and know what they are. Many of us have used these in different crafts to give to family and friends but did you know that you can create your own? Today that is just what we wanted to talk about; iron-on transfers and your printer! Ever been walking around or seen a friend wearing a picture of their dog or child and thought about how they did that? It really isn't very hard and it doesn't cost much to do either. Some basic tools and equipment are all you need. Come on, we'll walk you through the process so you can create your own.

What you will need:

1. Basic home computer with printer - we found that the inkjet usually does better.

2. Regular printer paper

3. Iron-on transfer paper

4. Iron

5. Clothes or fabric

6. Scrap fabric for testing

Most printers will recommend using their own line of transfer paper for the best quality. Although there are some generic packs available, you should test these before printing out multiples.

Choose your image:

Whether you want to add to an already existing image such as the HP ink cartridges logo or just want to use your own, it really is quite easy. You just need to pick what image to use, adjust the size, color and fonts if needed and print a test on your regular paper.

Check your design:

Once you have your test printed take a look to make sure it is centered and looks right.

NOTE - your image will be reversed once it is ironed on to the fabric so make sure you have it flipped or reversed.

Applying the iron-on: If you wish to reuse the paper for another iron-on, then carefully cut out the image you created and save the sheet for later. Leave a small border area around the image that's about ¼'. Make sure that the iron is on the correct setting for the transfer paper as well as the fabric so make sure it completely transfers. Typically you want the hottest setting without the steam. Follow the directions from the transfer directions on amount of time and go ahead. We have found that working on a harder surface tends to work better and quicker than a regular ironing board. Something like a workbench with a clean scrap piece of fabric over it gives the transfer something to leverage against. Once you are done ironing the paper, slowly, slowly peel away the transfer paper backing. Make sure to watch this closely so you can tell if the iron needs to be used again. This does happen occasionally so make sure to peel slowly!


Laser printers so not do as well for these projects so enlist the help of a friend who has an Inkjet printer and ink cartridges if needed. Prewash your fabrics if you can as this will allow better adhesion and keep the iron-on from warping from shrinkage. Follow instructions on loading you paper so none is wasted. And last but not least, wash as directed to keep your images clean and crisp. Pulling clothing inside-out keeps them from rubbing against other clothes.

Now that you have the know-how, go get started creating your one of a kind iron-ons!