How to Print T-shirts at Home With Iron

by Anthony Clark

T-shirt printing is one of the easiest DIY activities. The process of printing a t-shirt is achievable through a simple process of using an iron box. Do you want to print a t-shirt at home? Printing your t-shirt will give you the chance to bring your design vision to life. The steps to a successful print are highlighted below.

How do you produce printed t-shirts from home with only a household iron? That question might seem ridiculous since there are so many more efficient ways to create high-quality t-shirts with more sophisticated tools. The iron often comes in handy when you want to do a simple heat transfer job, and you don’t have a heat press machine, or you can’t bother to use one.

It is now much easier than ever to print amazing designs on t-shirts yourself with only an iron. All you need is your design, t-shirts, printer, printing paper, and of course, the clothes iron. Once you have everything set up, you are ready to go.

Here are the main steps you need to take to print t-shirts at home with an iron.

Steps for T-Shirt Printing with an Iron

How To Print T-shirts At Home With Iron
How To Print T-shirts At Home With Iron

 

What You Need

For the process of printing your t-shirt at home, you will require to have the following supplies;

  • A t-shirt of your choice(preferably plain)
  • Iron-on transfer sheets
  • An inkjet printer
  • An Iron

How to Print T-shirts at Home With Iron- Steps

How to Print T-shirts at Home With Iron- Steps
How to Print T-shirts at Home With Iron- Steps

Do you have all the supplies? Once your check box is clear on the supplies needed, you can go ahead and start the printing process.

Step 1: Design

The first step in the T-shirt printing process entails deciding on the design and t-shirt you will use. You can choose to make one from scratch for your design, or you can easily acquire the design template or inspiration from online sources. Consider the design dimensions that match your t-shirt size and the area you want the print to cover.

Step 2: Print

Once you have selected a design, you can move on to the printing process. Have your paper and printer ready. Print the design on test papers to ensure that the dimension is right before you print the selected design on the transfer paper

Feed the printer with the transfer paper’s dimension to ensure an optimal accuracy of the design print.

Step 3: Material Trim

Once the printer prints the transfer paper’s design, you need to cut around the print keeping in mind not to cut the design’s margins.

The trimming is essential in ensuring the design is accurate. Ensure the print design edges are round; this will make the paper’s removal process very easy.

Step 4: Workspace Preparation

When working on the iron-on transfer, you need to use a flat wooden table, which significantly reduces the risk of damage.

Double-check the iron set to ensure that it is not set on the steam setting—preheat the iron to remove moisture. Set the iron on the cotton setting and start ironing the t-shirt you will place the print on.

Step: 5 Ironing

In this process, you must place the design in the right position you want to be on.

Once you place the design rightfully, you can begin ironing o the transfer paper by applying even and firm pressure evenly across the design.

Place more pressure on the edges of the design to seal it in place.

Step 6: Cooling

Once you complete the ironing process, you should leave the t-shirt to cool and dry up before removing the excess trimming.

Peel off the backing paper slowly without using too much pressure on the design.

If the design begins peeling off around the edges, you can re-iron the areas and wait again before peeling the other areas.

Step 7: Washing

It would help if you waited for at least 24hiurs before you wash the t-shirt. When washing flip,  the t-shirt inside out and wash with cold water. Make sure to avoid ironing onto the design since the paint will peel.

Design your image using any of the online design templates, or your favorite designing software. Note that it is always better to design your image the way it should appear on the t-shirt. When you are to print it, you must use the mirror or flipped image.

Test print your design on plain paper before you print it to the transfer paper.  Make sure that the transfer paper you will use is the best type for the printing you will be doing.

You may need to trim your design to a narrow margin. It is also a good idea to keep your edges rounded so that the image does not lift during ironing, and eventually during washing.

Prepare the workspace you will be using. One way to do this is to place a pillowcase on a hard surface that is resistant to heat. Do not use an ironing board! Select a table top instead.

So Here’s the rundown

  • Get your iron out and plug it in. Make sure that it does not have water in it and that the steam setting is set to zero.
  • Adjust the iron’s cotton setting and preheat it for five minutes.
  • Smooth out the pillowcase and t-shirt to get rid of wrinkles.
  • Now you are ready to iron your design onto the t-shirt. Put the transfer paper with the design onto the garment. Make sure to set it in the location you want it to be.
  • Apply firm pressure to the iron and move it slowly from left to right followed by the top to bottom movement.
  • Iron over the edges as well.
  • Once you are through, turn off the iron and allow to cool.
  • Take the garment out of the heating area and put it aside to cool for around two minutes.
  • Carefully and slowly peel the backing paper from the t-shirt.
  • While you are peeling the transfer paper from the t-shirt, check to see if the image is lifting. If the image lift, iron it again, particularly around the areas that are lifting. Allow the ironed t-shirt to cool before you try to peel the design again.

To avoid accidents, always be safe when using the iron. Ensure that the temperature and heat settings are the correct ones for the apparel you are working with. Do not use the steam settings as this will damage the design and spoil your results. Try to spread the heat evenly on your design surface. Always use transfer paper when ironing – never use the iron directly on the printed design you want to transfer. Follow the instructions on your transfer paper for the best results.

Conclusion

There you have it. Easy steps for ironing any design onto t-shirts using only a clothes iron. These steps are easy to follow, and you can get going within a very short time. Printing designs on t-shirts can be fun. You would need to prepare yourself so that you will produce your best effort without certain hassles.

Note that the right fabric, inkjet printer, transfer papers, and good quality iron will create a lovely print.

About Anthony Clark

Since as a little kid, Anthony Clark had passion about digital drawing and printing. He would just walk around in his parents' house in Phoenix, Arizona drawing just about anything on his older Samsung tablet; whether just a memory collection or a portay of a simple object. He received his BA in Graphic Design at San Jose State Universiry at the heart of Silicon Valley. Now Mr. Clark is excited to present the art of printing and drawing to his audience.

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