How to Fix a Peeling Iron-on Transfer

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How to Fix a Peeling Iron-on Transfer
Use a hot iron to repair transfers. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

A shirt with an iron-on transfer may be your favourite, but after repeated wearings and washing the iron-on may start to peel off at the edges. If you want to save your iron-on transfer, it's not hard, but it needs to be done quickly and carefully. Iron-on designs are made to be permanent, but over time the adhesive may not stick as well as it used to. Fix your iron-on before it is completely ruined and bring your garment back to its former glory.

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Things you need

  • Ironing board
  • Iron
  • Sheet of paper

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  1. 1

    Heat an iron to a high heat setting.

  2. 2

    Place the garment on an ironing board, and place a piece of paper on top of the area of the transfer that is peeling off.

  3. 3

    Iron over the peeling transfer quickly, using only the edge of the iron.

  4. 4

    Repeat this procedure and keep checking the transfer until you notice it's sticking to the garment again.

Tips and warnings

  • Don't lay the whole iron on the transfer, and don't leave the iron on the peeling areas for longer than a few seconds at a time. The high heat could harm the garment and the transfer if left for too long.

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