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How to print pictures, designs and text onto fabric

Printing onto light and dark fabric using A4 fabric transfer sheets

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Transfer paper for light fabrics A4

Here is a one off Lady Gaga top that I made as a gift for my niece. She wanted to print this picture onto a plain white cotton fabric top along with some text under the image.

For this creation, I used German technology fabric transfer paper for light fabrics A4. We offer the Red Grid 5 sheet pack for just £3.29


Reference: ITPLF5


Printing images, text or your own designs onto fabric is a simple process. I’ve placed all of the steps below. It looks like a lot to take in but it’s just a five- minute task.

Be aware, if you are using pictures of celebrities, you cannot sell your finished piece.

  1. Insert your image into a Microsoft word document. Your image must be large enough to fill the t – shirt transfer sheet and remain clear when you print it out.

    When looking for pictures using Google image search, the size of the image is displayed under each picture. Using an image over 2,000 pixels in height or width is best.

  2. Size or resize your image by clicking and dragging its corner to your required size. Doing a print preview will show how big your image is going to be when printed onto the A4 transfer sheet.

  3. Print your image and text using the “mirror image” option on your printer. Or, if you just want to ensure that text prints correctly, you can use “Word Art” in Microsoft word, select the font, type your text, click draw, click rotate or flip and select “flip horizontal”. This just ensures that when you iron on your text, it reads correctly.

  4. Print out your image onto the white, unprinted side of the transfer paper and place to one side to allow for the ink to completely dry.

  5. Cut your design out with a slight border and place face down as seen in the second picture above. The transfer sheets grid will be face up.

  6. Set your iron to its hottest setting and grab a couple of clean t towels and your chopping board from the kitchen. Wrap the towels around the chopping board to create a hard surface for you to iron on. (It just works better than using your ironing board) Give your plain t-shirt an iron first to ensure the surface is flat, ready for your transfer.

  7. Iron over your transfer evenly and consistently for 60 seconds making sure that you have covered every bit of the transfer including its edges. Do not use steam. Get this right and your print will appear virtually seamless around the edges. Apply too much heat for too long and you may find that you can see the edges of your transfer more – it will still look good and by your second or third t-shirt you will be transferring fantastic looking prints onto fabric.

  8. Allow the transfer paper to cool down then slowly peel off the transfer paper backing to reveal your finished design. Washable at 40c.

Custom printing onto dark fabrics

We offer a different transfer sheet product for dark fabrics. Again, it’s a quality German manufactured product and your images and designs can be transferred onto your chosen fabric without flipping or mirroring.

Transfer paper for dark fabrics A4

Our dark fabric transfer paper is a giant leap from what you might have used in the past. Fine image transfer and a surprising good finish can be expected.

Wash your new custom garment at 30c.

We offer five sheets of advanced transfer paper for dark fabrics with full instructions for just £4.29


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Transfer paper for a whole lot more than just t shirts and tops

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