(Closed) Has anyone used Iron on transfer paper?

posted 13 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
114 posts
Blushing bee

Hi!  My husband got me hooked on iron-on transfer paper!!  We make tee shirts all the time (like a handful a month); I’ve never done tote bags though.  We probably use the same stuff that you saw at the office supply store, we get ours at Staples or OfficeMax and also use our home inkjet color printer.  95% of the time they turn out great and last through numerous washes.  On a rare occasion they just don’t "take" too well and after 1 wash are not wearable again.

I recommend ironing on a hard surface.  I have a nice padded ironing board and it’s not user friendly with the iron-on and tissue paper.  We get much better results when we iron on the kitchen counter.

Post # 4
1061 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

i’ve used it and it works pretty well. it does come off in the wash pretty easily, but as you’re putting it on tote bags, that shouldn’t matter. i used it on t-shirts and it made the t-shirt stiff. i’m not sure how thick your tote fabric is, so it might not make a difference if you’re using heavy canvas.

Post # 5
220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I’ve used the avery iron ons lots of times.  Make sure you don’t use steam.  I always iron it much longer than it says to just to make sure it takes.  The last one I did, the paper backing stuck in a few places. I just used an exacto to scrape it off.

Post # 6
2408 posts
Buzzing bee

i’ve used the avery ones too to pretty great results. the transfer did "break" a little after the first wearing but that’s because of the ribbing/texture of the shirt as it stretches onto your body. so a tote bag should be just fine. just follow the directions as is on the packet and you’ll be good to go. oh, and definitely iron on a hard surface. i did mine one the garage floor. and make sure your iron plate is clean…i ruined a shirt once because of some gross deposits on the iron. the black smear was not the look i was going for when i started.  other than that, it’s a simple enough project that always looks great. good luck!

Post # 7
16 posts
  • Wedding: September 2006

i ironed on my bridesmaid’s first names onto canvas tote bags.  the clear part of the iron-on leaves a "residue" that seems more noticeable on canvas than on white t-shirts, which bugged me a little but it still looked good!  also, because canvas is more coarse than t-shirts, the ink transfers slightly less evenly, but again, nothing terrible.  overall, i thought it turned out great!

Post # 8
296 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2008

I used the Avery transfers for our out of towner’s canvus bags. It worked fairly well. The trick I learned through doing it was to use our cutting board to iron on and put it on the floor. That way I could use my entire weight to press on the iron. When it was at chest height, I had a really hard time pressing hard enough. I’d highly recommend getting a practice bag and use it until you get the hang of it. It may take you three or four trys to figure out how hot the iron needs to be, how much pressure you need, and how long to apply heat.

Second tip: in order to avoice the "residue" trim your image down as much as possible. I wouldn’t cut out the middle of the "o"’s or anything but, trim around the outside. It makes a big difference.

Good luck and let me now if you need any more tips. This was the only thing that made me have a full on melt down/bridezilla moment. It’s wasn’t that easy for me, but I eventually figured it out and I’m so proud of the results!

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