How to customise a plain tee with iron on transfer paper

A plain white tee is one of the most versatile pieces someone can have in their wardrobe – and let’s face it, pretty much everyone has one!

I’d been toying with the idea of creating some of my own designs to sell on before opening my Etsy store (you can check it out here) and it all started with the following;

how to print clothes with iron on transfer paper

The slogan “My Fashion Faux Pas” was what I originally wanted my blog to be called, but unfortunately someone on the good old internet had already snapped up that URL so The Fashion Faux Pas of Gabrielle was born (a bit of a mouthful I know, but what can you do and it used to include my surname which I dropped from it after Aaron and I got engaged!)

I feel like I’ve established myself with my current blog title so it’s too late to change now, but that doesn’t mean I can’t incorporate that original idea into my clothing – which is why I called my store My Fashion Faux Pas.

Anyway, for this tutorial I’m going to show you how you can create your own slogan/ printed tees yourself at home. You’ll need the following;

  • A plain tee
  • Scissors
  • Inkjet printer
  • Iron
  • Iron on transfer paper

This is probably one of the easiest fashion how-to posts if you’ve already got an idea of a slogan/logo/design you already want on a t-shirt! I created a selection of designs that I wanted to work with and pulled out some old white tees that either a) I wasn’t really wearing or b) had bought years ago with the intention of doing something with them, but didn’t because… life?!

First up, once you’ve got your design you’ll need to print it onto the transfer paper using an inkjet printer – this is important as you won’t get the right transfer if you use another type of printer.

Before you click print, make sure that the image/wording is reflected/ a mirror image (if you don’t do this it’ll end up the wrong way around which you obviously don’t want, but if you do, feel free to print as normal).

Once you’ve got your design printed, trim the edges of your wording/logo as close as you can to the edges of it (the instructions on the packet say 1/4 inch or 1/2 inch but in my opinion that’s too large and you’ll see it too much). You can use scissors or a guillotine depending on your design (as I started with wording, I stuck with the guillotine) to trim up your edges.

Place your design on your fabric, image facing down to the fabric and the backing paper facing you, making sure that the area has previously been pressed so the design sits flush against the fabric.

Once you’ve decided on your image placement, put the iron on the highest possible setting for your fabric and hold on your design for around 30 seconds (this is dependent on the size and paper – make sure to check the instructions that come with the paper!) making sure that you’re paying attention to the edges as you don’t want them coming up!

Once you’ve pressed your image down, leave the fabric to cool down before gently peeling back the paper layer on top of your transfer.

Your final step is to place a piece of tissue paper over the top of your image and to iron over again to complete your finished look!

And VOILA! Here you have a really simple and easy to do printed top (or dress, shirts, shorts, jeans, trousers – whatever!)

Here are a couple of other designs I’ve added onto my store (ya know, in case you want to help a sister out and really like them!)

Let me know in the comments if you’d like to see some more posts like this – I love writing how to posts so if you’ve got anything in mind, just let me know!


12 thoughts on “How to customise a plain tee with iron on transfer paper

    1. Hahaha it’s more at college I learnt a lot of stuff or I made it up as I went along 😂😂 I’ve always been the kind of person that’s like “ahhh I’m sure I could do that, how hard could it be?!” Most of the times it’s a nightmare hahah!! Xx


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