How to Heat Transfer Foil on Fabric

Written by heather montgomery
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You can create eye-popping custom T-shirts using your home printer. Print an image onto metallic foil heat transfer paper from your home computer, then transfer it to a cotton T-shirt with a household iron. Use your imagination and photo-editing software to create designs for family reunions, birthday parties or other events.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Editing or word processing software
  • Inkjet printer
  • Metallic foil heat transfer paper
  • Scissors
  • Wood cutting board
  • Pillowcase
  • T-shirt
  • Iron
  • Parchment paper

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  1. 1

    Create your transfer image with photo-editing or word processing software.

  2. 2

    Place the metallic foil into your printer so that the image will print on the dull side of metallic foil.

  3. 3

    Print the image onto the foil. Trim the excess foil from the image. Carefully peel the backing paper away from the image.

  4. 4

    Set up your cutting board on a flat surface. Place a pillowcase onto the cutting board and smooth out any wrinkles.

  5. 5

    Place the T-shirt onto the pillowcase. Smooth any wrinkles out of the T-shirt. If there are any stubborn wrinkles, iron the T-shirt using the "Cotton" setting.

  6. 6

    Place the image face up onto the T-shirt. Lay the parchment paper over the image.

  7. 7

    Use firm pressure to apply heat to the image with your iron. Press the iron down with both hands to apply enough pressure.

  8. 8

    Allow the image to cool completely. Remove the parchment; carefully peel the metallic foil away from the T-shirt.

  9. 9

    Wash your T-shirt inside out to reduce damage to the image.

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