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Thursday 1 October 2020
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The Use of the Heat Transfer Paper

The white or light textile transfer printing is perfect to customize your t-shirts, bags, and other accessories in cotton. The unprinted parts of your transfer will be transparent: great for designs that feature text like the name of a business or event. This transfer is intended for laser printing. If you have an inkjet printer, you must use the correct transfer. Follow the guide for a flawless finish that lasts a long time!

Create your transfer

Choose one of many free templates to modify it to your liking or express your creativity starting with a blank template. You will be able to add visuals and texts in many very trendy fonts. It is recommended that you save your project to your Avery account or directly to your computer so you can easily edit and reprint it.

Print it in mirror effect

Your creation must be reversed in mirror effect to allow the transfer on the textile. The print preview shows you the final rendering of your creation. If it suits you, click on “print” and download the PDF file: your creation appears reversed in mirror effect. Set your laser printer for plain paper to standard or high resolution and print your design on the white side of the transfer.

Cut out your creation

Cut out your design leaving a narrow margin around the image approximately 1mm. Any parts that are not printed will be transparent. It is better to round the edges to prevent the corners from coming off when washing or ironing.

Iron according to the instructions

You need to use a hard, smooth and stable support, a table for example protected by thick cardboard or a pillowcase. Be careful, do not use your ironing board, it is not a hard enough support. Empty the water from your iron set it to the highest temperature (180 ° C cotton option) and let it preheat for 5 minutes. Iron your fabric for a few minutes to remove wrinkles and any moisture.

Place the transfer in the desired location with the printed side directly on your fabric then iron slowly without steam from right to left then from top to bottom about 20 seconds per passage. Use both hands to apply enough pressure. Spend more time on the edges so that they don’t come off in the wash. Ironing therefore lasts about 45 seconds for ¼ page, 90 seconds for ½ page and 3 minutes for a whole page.

Gently remove the transfer paper

Remove your fabric from the hot area and let it cool completely for about 2 minutes. Gently hold the fabric at the edges of the transfer and then remove the backing slowly and smoothly. If your creation comes off with the support, you haven’t ironed enough or applied enough pressure. Iron again, insisting on the edges and repeat the operation.

Optional: to obtain better resistance to washing, we recommend that you then apply a sheet of parchment paper (the one you have in your kitchen) on the transfer once cooled, and to iron the transfer again by applying vigorous pressure for about 20s. Let cool then remove the heat transfer paper. Your textile transfer is complete!