After falling in love with Belle & Sebastian, I wanted a shirt with their 'Dear Catastrophe Waitress' album cover on it. Not available on their store, I decided to make it myself! Here are the easy steps for making your own Iron-on print shirt.
You will need:
- Inkjet printer
- Inkjet transfer paper (I bought mine at Oxlades for $5.20 a sheet. They are available at most art and sewing stores. There are different kinds for dark and lighter fabrics, so make sure you get the right one for your shirt.)
- Shirt (I bought the Boyfriend T-Shirt on ASOS for $16)
- Iron and Ironing board
- Print image onto paper. Try first on a scrap piece of paper to make sure the colours are correct, and the whole image fits on the A4 sheet. Make sure you use an Inkjet printer (not a laser) so the ink soaks into the paper properly. The image will appear exactly as you print it, so don't worry about printing it flipped if it has text.
- Cropping. Cut the image around the edge of what you want on the shirt.
- Iron shirt and placement. Iron your shirt so there are no wrinkles in it and lay it flat on the ironing board. Then, remove the backing on your sheet of transfer paper and place the image exactly where you want it to appear on the shirt. Place brown paper sheet (which should be included when you buy the paper) over the image.
- Ironing. Put your iron on the highest setting without steam. Iron in circles, through brown paper, for 60-90 seconds until image is firmly attached to shirt.