How to iron-on letters & numbers

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How to iron-on letters & numbers
Use iron-on transfer paper and an iron to apply letters and numbers to a jersey or T-shirt. (soccer girl #2 image by gajatz from

Iron-on transfers are a cheap and efficient way to create team uniforms or practice jerseys. They can also be used to customise your own T-shirts to show support to your favourite sports team or organisations or even use for company outings. Printing your custom letters and numbers on iron-on transfer paper will allow you to apply them to your shirt or jersey using a combination of heat and pressure.

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Things you need

  • Shirt or jersey
  • Iron-on transfer paper
  • Iron

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  1. 1

    Go to your local print shop and ask them to print your letters and numbers on iron-on transfer paper. You may create your own letters and numbers using Adobe Photoshop and a computer, or you may choose from a variety of premade templates provided by your local print shop.

  2. 2

    Cut out the letters and numbers from the paper leaving a quarter-inch border around the edge of the image.

  3. 3

    Locate the area of the jersey where you wish to apply the iron-on numbers and letters.

  4. 4

    Heat up the iron to the hottest setting without using steam. Lay the iron-on transfer paper face down on your jersey or shirt.

  5. 5

    Apply the iron-on transfer to the jersey or shirt by using an iron to apply pressure and heat to the outside edge of the paper and working your way to the centre.

  6. 6

    Slowly remove the backing of the iron-on transfer paper. Use your fingers to lightly peel off the backing and separate the transfer from the paper.

Tips and warnings

  • Allow the transfer paper to cool off before removing the backing from the transfers.

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