Personalising your wardrobe is possible by simply adding iron-on letters to a shirt, most commonly a cotton T-shirt. Letters can be made on special transfer paper in your printer, then ironed to your shirt. Letters can also be made from fabric and bonded on with a fusible iron-on webbing. The simplest method is to buy already made letters at a craft or sewing store and apply them to a cotton T-shirt with a hot iron.
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Things you need
- Commercial iron-on letters
- Ironing board
- Ruler or tape measure
Determine the number and size of letters you want for your design. Buy your letters at a fabric or craft store. You can also purchase transfer paper and print the letters you want onto it from your home computer.
Cut the letters apart with a pair of sewing scissors.
Smooth your T-shirt, right side out on the ironing board. Position the letters roughly where you want them. They should be ink side down, with the paper backing facing upward.
Measure the letters to be sure they are even and where you want them. A hard-edged ruler is good for getting an even design.
Touch each letter lightly with a hot iron. The iron should be set on "cotton," if you have a cotton T-shirt. Do not rub with the iron. Bond each one lightly in place.
Hold the iron on the letters with even, medium pressure for 10 to 15 seconds. This will permanently bond the letters to the T-shirt. Don't rub or move the iron, just press straight down and hold.
Allow the T-shirt and letters to cool for a minute or two. Peel the paper backing off each letter. Your new personalised T-shirt is now ready to wear.
Tips and warnings
- Commercially made letters come in a variety of sizes, colours and fonts.
- The letters usually come in a sheet with the printed letters on one side and a paper backing on the other.
- T-shirt parties are a popular and fun social event, where friends get together to use iron-on letters to decorate their own T-shirts.
- Pre-wash your T-shirt before applying iron-on letters.
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