Once you have chosen your design, you can print it through an ordinary inkjet printer onto the inkjet transfer paper. Then using the print and cut feature with your cutting machine, you cut around the outside of the image.
Making an inkjet heat transfer with Avery Fabric Transfers
Once the transfer has been printed and cut, the backing paper is pulled away and the transfer can be positioned onto the garment. That’s how to make a custom inkjet transfer – now it just needs pressed!
The Narwhal image is on Avery Paper, while the text is HTV
It’s super easy to make these custom heat press transfers, and Avery Paper works well with an iron, EasyPress, or heat press.
I’m using the Cricut EasyPress for this Inkjet Transfer
And that’s all there is to it! Here is the final result.
This tee has since been worn & washed a lot – and it’s still good!
3. Make A Heat Press Transfer With Screen Printing Ink
We recently featured a project showing how to make a heat press transfer with freezer paper stencils and screen printing ink.
These types of transfer have a different look to both HTV and inkjet transfer paper transfers. The screen printing ink colors the cotton, rather than sitting on top of it (as with the previous 2 methods).
For how to make a custom heat transfer this way, you need:
Another great way to make DIY heat press transfers is with Rhinestones. Rhinestone transfers transform ordinary garments into sparkling statement pieces!
To make your own heat press transfers with Rhinestones, here’s what you need:
A cutting machine
A heat press or iron
A Rhinestone kit
I think Rhinestone transfers are especially fun for girls clothing – as long as she doesn’t try to pick them off!
5. How To Make A Heat Transfer With Sublimation Ink
How to make a heat press transfer with sublimation ink? Now that’s a little more complicated than the above methods.
In order to make your own sublimation transfers you need to have a dedicated sublimation printer set up with sublimation ink. This machine can’t be used at all for ordinary printing if it is set up for sublimation.
The other difficulty is that Sublimation transfers need to be pressed with significant pressure at 400 degrees. An iron can’t get hot enough for this, and while the new EasyPress 2 can reach those temperatures, I’d be hesitant to do sublimation transfers with it because it would be hard to achieve enough even pressure.
Here’s everything you need to know from my favorite heat press and heat transfer supplier, Heat Press Nation.
How To Make Your Own Heat Press Transfers
So those are the 5 most common methods of making your own heat transfers – at least at home.
There are some other methods such as:
Plastisol transfers – a PVC based ink that is printed onto paper and pressed onto the garment
DTG transfers – a direct to garment transfer is printed directly onto the t-shirt