How to Make Your Own Iron-on Laser Transfer Paper

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How to Make Your Own Iron-on Laser Transfer Paper
Iron-on transfers can breathe new life into old clothes. (angel's T-shirt image by sminx from Fotolia.com)

Make your own customised T-shirt by printing an iron-on transfer paper. This is especially convenient if you have an inkjet printer, which prints transfers that do not require the use of a heat press. If you don't have an inkjet printer or a heat press, you can use an iron to press heat into a laser transfer paper. Use the hottest setting on your hottest iron and apply pressure. Use care so as not to start a fire or burn yourself. Consider wearing welding gloves or oven gloves to protect your hands.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Laser transfer paper
  • Digital picture/text
  • White paper
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Textile

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Purchase the right transfer paper. Choose transfer paper that can be used on a laser printer. Be aware that the majority of transfer paper can be used only on inkjet printers. Choose the correct paper for the colour of your textile. Some papers are made for light or dark textiles.

  2. 2

    Copy and paste your digital picture or text into a word processing document. Use a flipped digital picture because the transfer paper will have to be ironed on backwards.

  3. 3

    Print out the picture or text on a sheet of regular paper. Check the proof for colour and typos. Look at the proof in a mirror to ensure that it has been flipped properly. Adjust the digital image accordingly.

  4. 4

    Place the laser transfer paper into the printer. Place your paper face up if your printer prints on the top of the paper; place it face down if it prints on the back side.

  5. 5

    Print the paper and let it dry completely. Cut out the image with a pair of scissors.

  6. 6

    Put your iron on its highest setting.

  7. 7

    Place the transfer paper into the textile so that the surface of the transfer paper is against the textile.

  8. 8

    Press the iron into the paper for at least 30 seconds or until the picture is transferred to the textile.

  9. 9

    Carefully peel away the transfer paper while it is still hot.

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