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Last updated on May 23rd, 2020
So you want to learn how to make heat press transfers?
We’ve been making heat press transfers for a long time now, and still find the process so exciting and enjoyable. Let us share with you 7 different ways how to make heat transfers for home, crafts, & business.
Cricut Infusible Ink is a brand new way to make easy ink transfers at home without the need for a printer!
This innovative product allows you to cut out your own designs from pre-printed transfer sheets, and apply them using the Cricut EasyPress 2 or a heat press machine (not suitable for use with your home iron).
Their is a large range of transfer sheets available, including solid color sheets, or different designs. You are also able to purchase Infusible Ink Markers which allow you to turn your (or your kid’s) artwork into a heat transfer!
InkJet Transfer Paper
Using Avery Transfer Paper is another way you can make heat transfers at home. All you need for this method of making heat transfers is:
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.
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!
It’s super easy to make these custom heat press transfers, and Avery Paper works well with an iron, EasyPress, or heat press.
And that’s all there is to it! Here is the final result.
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:
It’s also the best way to create sublimation transfers for dark colored garments. Usually, sublimation transfers are only for white polyester garments or blanks that have been poly coated.
This new product is an HTV that is printed on with EasySubli Inks and can then be heat pressed onto cotton & dark tees. The finished effect is a bit different from usual sublimation transfers (more info below), and the versatility is off the charts.
EasySubli masks (for transferring off backing paper)
Rhinestone Heat Transfers
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!
How to make a sublimation transfer? 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 Heat Transfers
So those are the 7 most common & innovative methods of making your own heat transfers – at least at home.