If you haven’t already tried out t shirt transfer paper, you’ve got to give it a go!
Most people start out making their own t-shirt designs with heat transfer vinyl – it is perhaps a little less complicated. However, t-shirt transfer paper is an easy way to press REAL images onto your t-shirts and other surfaces.
With t-shirt transfer paper you are able to put whatever image you like onto a tee.
You aren’t limited in the same way as you are when using HTV. You can have all the colors of the rainbow and whatever complex shapes you desire – because you’re printing an ordinary image onto the transfer paper and then applying it to your garment (or other surface).
I’m sure you could come up with all kinds of ideas for how to use transfer paper. Here are some of my ideas:
Pictures of pets
Pictures of friends or family
Images of memorable occasions (like the family trip to Disney Land)
Graphic design images
Cartoons or animations
Your favorite bands or musicians
You’re only limited by what you can print – so use your imagination. I’d love to put images of embarrassing moments in my friends lives onto a t-shirt as a funny gift for their birthday! Like the time I captured my friend choking on a piece of chicken! It’s a great shot (and he survived).
The Best Heat Transfer Paper
There are a variety of brands of transfer paper for t shirts, but the most loved has to be Avery. Avery InkJet Printer T-Shirt Transfer Paper is (in my opinion) the best t shirt transfer paper. Let’s take a look at it.
There are two types of transfer paper for t-shirts – transfer paper for light fabrics and transfer paper for dark fabrics. The transfer paper for dark t-shirts actually lays down a light/white background underneath the image you have printed. This prevents the dark color of the fabric washing out the design.
Avery transfers will not work with a laser printer – it needs to be an inkjet printer.
Avery T-Shirt Transfer Paper – Light Fabrics
Avery Light Fabric Transfer Paper is (obviously) used for light colored t-shirts and garments. It is a high quality transfer paper that applies accurate, vivid images onto your surface of choice.
This paper is designed for use on light 100% cotton or cotton/poly blends. It can be applied with an ordinary household iron, heat press, or Cricut Easy Press.
A lot of people want to know if they need to use a specific software when using a product like Avery Transfer Paper. Avery have a set of free templates on their website that you can use to create your design and perfect your image.
Visit Avery’s Template page to set up an account and begin designing. It is very easy to use and you’ll have the hang of it in no time. Their online software also allows you to mirror or reverse your image before printing, which you will need to do if you are using the transfer paper for light fabrics.
If you have a Cricut machine, you can also use Cricut Design Space to customize, print, and cut out your design.
How To Use Avery Light Fabric Transfer Paper
Prepare your t-shirt by washing & drying it before doing the transfer (you don’t have to but it may help it last longer)
Create a design in Cricut Design Space or using Avery’s free online software
Reverse the image so that it will print in reverse
Print out the reversed image onto the transfer paper with an inkjet printer
Cut out the image leaving a narrow margin around it
Place the transfer onto the garment with the image facing down
Iron directly over the backing paper – up and down, left and right
Allow to cool for 2 minutes and remove the backing paper
How To Use Avery Dark Fabric Transfer Paper
Prepare your garment by washing and drying it
Create a design in Design Space or using Avery’s free templates
Print out the image the normal way around with an inkjet printer (no need to reverse)
Cut out the image
Place transfer onto the garment with the image facing up
Place tissue paper (comes in the pack) over transfer
Iron transfer – up and down, left and right
Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes and slowly peel away the tissue paper
Time & Temperature Settings
Set your iron to high or the cotton setting. The ironing time will vary depending on the size of the transfer.
For light fabrics:
For a 1/4 page transfer iron over it for 45 seconds
1/2 page transfer for 90 seconds
Full page transfers for 3 minutes
For dark fabrics:
For a 1/4 page transfer iron over it for 40 seconds
1/2 page transfer for 1 minute
Full page transfers for 2 minutes
Avery T-Shirt Transfer Paper Projects
Here are a few examples of things you can make with t-shirt transfer paper. It’s basically just any cotton or cotton/poly blend fabric.
You can transfer onto:
Sweatshirts and hoodies
Make beautiful colorful tote bags – you could not do this with HTV!