How to Iron on Transfers for Poly Cotton

Written by ashley friedman
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Making iron-on transfers for poly cotton t-shirts, tote bags and more is a great way to create your own type of clothing without needing to have sewing skills. Poly cotton is the perfect material for an iron-on transfer, as it is soft and flexible and absorbs the transfer very well. With a few basic materials that most people already have in their homes, you can transfer any image to the poly cotton garment of your choice.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Artwork
  • Printer
  • Transfer paper
  • Scissors
  • Iron
  • Ironing board

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  1. 1

    Decide on the artwork you want to transfer to your poly cotton garment.

  2. 2

    Print the image you have selected onto a sheet of iron-on transfer paper. Print the mirror image option, so that the desired image will appear when you iron the transfer onto your garment.

  3. 3

    Cut the desired image out of the transfer page with a pair of scissors.

  4. 4

    Turn the iron to the heat setting specified in the directions included with the transfer paper. This will likely be a medium-high heat.

  5. 5

    Slide the poly cotton garment onto the ironing board, making sure that the area on which you will place the image is smooth. If it is wrinkled, use the iron to smooth it out.

  6. 6

    Place the image face-down on the poly cotton garment.

  7. 7

    Apply the iron to the back of the transfer paper, leaving it on for the time specified in the instructions that came with the transfer paper. Be sure to iron the entire surface of the transfer paper, paying special attention to corners and edges to ensure that the completed image adheres to the poly cotton garment.

  8. 8

    Remove the transfer paper from the garment slowly and gingerly after allowing it to cool for five minutes.

    For dark coloured cotton, use a transfer sheet specifically designed for dark coloured fabrics.

Tips and warnings

  • When ironing the back of the transfer paper, move the iron rapidly around on the surface of the page to avoid burning the paper by holding the iron on one spot for too long.

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