How to Print a Logo Onto Fabric

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How to Print a Logo Onto Fabric
A mixture using soap and a few other products makes an effective medium for image transfer to fabric. (Lauren Burke/Lifesize/Getty Images)

Having your logo on fabric, a shirt or other article of clothing is a good way to promote your business or event. There are many ways to transfer a logo or other image to fabric. If you are looking for a very crisp image transfer to use for business purposes, it is best to visit a print shop. Otherwise, with a few household products, you can achieve a nice image transfer at home.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Logo image
  • Inkjet printer
  • Paper
  • Kitchen grater
  • Soap
  • Measuring cup
  • Water
  • Wide-mouth glass or glass bowl
  • Tablespoon
  • Turpentine
  • Paintbrush
  • Fabric
  • Spoon
  • Spray bottle
  • Vinegar
  • Iron

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  1. 1

    Print the logo onto paper using an inkjet printer.

  2. 2

    Grate 2 tablespoons of soap with a kitchen grater.

  3. 3

    Pour 1/4 cup of hot water into a glass or glass bowl. Add 2 tablespoons of soap shavings and stir until mixture is creamy. Add 1 tablespoon of turpentine to mixture and stir.

  4. 4

    Place the printed logo on a flat surface. Use the paintbrush to apply a generous coat of the soap mixture to the entire surface of the print.

  5. 5

    Place the fabric on a flat surface. Place the print facedown on top of the fabric. Generously apply more of the mixture to the back of the print, being careful not to tear the print. The print may appear transparent after applying the mixture to the back of the print.

  6. 6

    Apply pressure to the back of the print with the back of the spoon to ensure adhesion between the print and the fabric. Cover the entire surface of the print. Allow the print to sit for five hours for better colour transfer.

  7. 7

    Remove the print from the fabric carefully, starting at any corner of the print. The image should now appear on the fabric. Allow the fabric to dry for 24 hours.

  8. 8

    Fill a spray bottle with a 50:50 mixture of water and vinegar. Spray the fabric with the mixture and allow it to dry. Once dry, iron the print on medium high heat to set the print. Repeat the spray-and-iron technique three more times.

Tips and warnings

  • Discard the tablespoon after using with turpentine as it is no longer safe to use with food.

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