How to Heat Transfer Foil on Fabric

Updated March 23, 2017

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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

Things You'll 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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