How to Fix a Cracked Iron-on Transfer

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How to Fix a Cracked Iron-on Transfer
Use an iron and waxed paper to refresh a T-shirt decal. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Iron-on transfers dress up plain T-shirts, backpacks and other fabric items. Decals often peel with age, when applied improperly or if fabric shrinks or is exposed to excessive heat. A cracked decal should be repaired or replaced immediately to prevent further erosion. If a replacement decal is difficult to find, you can use some craft supplies and common household objects to improve its appearance and increase its longevity.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Ironing board
  • Waxed paper
  • Iron
  • Fabric crayons
  • Additional iron-on decal

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  1. 1

    Lay the fabric item flat and decal-side-up on an ironing board. Replace torn and flaking pieces of the decal to their original spot in the design.

  2. 2

    Lay a sheet of waxed paper over the decal.

  3. 3

    Set the iron to the maximum heat setting and apply pressure as you iron over the decal.

  4. 4

    Remove the waxed paper and check if the decal is intact. If there are visible gaps and holes, fill in the missing areas with fabric crayons or another decal.

  5. 5

    Colour in the gaps with fabric crayons that match the colour of the decal. Alternately, you can cut a piece of another iron-on decal that matches the colour and size of the missing piece and lay it over the damaged area.

  6. 6

    Place waxed paper over the damaged area of the decal and iron it again on the maximum heat setting.

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