Some of us love to experiment with creative ideas and designs while at home. Iron-on transfers are one such fun way of transforming your dull T-shirt into one that is trendy and unique. One of the major benefits of iron-on transfers is that you get to design your styles and shapes by yourself. All it needs is iron-on transfer paper, fabric, designs and images, drawing tools to get started.
- Get the transfer design:
The local craft and art stores sell different designs and patterns on Iron-on transfer paper. They also have craft kits that enable easy handling and designing. These are designs that can be impressed onto a cloth, fabric, material or other similar surfaces. The iron-on transfer paper comes with two sides. One side is blank while the other has the image or design on it. The side that has the design is to be placed face down on the fabric. The blank side is ironed with a heated iron to create the impression.
- Decide on the image:
You can create and design your image based on your preferences. You can also search online for design or create an image with the help of a computer. Several tools help to create images for designing with iron-on transfer paper. You can also create them with the help of software programs, or online applications. If you are choosing images online, it is important to check whether you possess the rights to reproduce the same image and imprint it on fabric. During the creation of the image, you can edit software to change the shapes, make corrections, or even resize it. It also enables you to add two or more designs, effects, colours, etc. Once the creation of the image is done, It can be printed out onto the transfer paper.
- Lay the material on a hard surface:
Set the material on a hard flat surface and iron out any wrinkles. The surface on which the material is placed must be capable of withstanding heat. It should be wide and spacious enough to cover the entire surface.
- Trim the design from the transfer paper:
Take the transfer paper on which the design was done on, and trim out the image. Trimming should be done close to the design. This will enable easy transfer onto the fabric surface without any messy edges. Place it accurately on the material where you would want the design to be impressed. Peel off the other side of the image once the ironing has been completed and the image has been left on the fabric surface for the specified duration.
- Protect the material:
Protect the material during the transfer of the design from the iron-on transfer paper to the fabric. This can be done by placing any folded paper or cardboard between the layers of the fabric. It prevents the heat and the image from transferring onto two or more fabric surfaces.