Remember I mentioned I was part of a mug swap arranged through Instagram? Well, my swappee is an avid reader and lover of pink. I trolled her feed just a little and saw a photo of a cute book bag from Chapters. It’s caption read, “I like big books and I cannot lie”! I totally wanted to get it for my gal but time and budget held me back. Instead I made her one.
It’s super simple to make your own iron-on transfers at home. All you need is a printer, an iron and specialty paper made for inkjet prints. Oh, and your choice of cotton goods to spruce up. I got my supplies at Michaels (with coupons!) and whipped this up in about half an hour.
- Design your printable in whatever computer program you’re comfortable with. If it contains text, be sure to reverse it in the final stage before printing! Then print it.
- Trim any extra paper around your design. I find this makes it adhere better and softens the edges of your iron-on.
- Following the instructions provided with your paper, preheat your iron, use it on your plain garment to get any wrinkles out. Then place your design printed side down and iron it on.
- Let it cool a little and slowly peel your paper away from your garment. Voila!
Such a simple way to personalize bags, shirts etc. Now, these transfers are not bullet proof and won’t last forever so they’re not suited for long term wear but ideal for novelties for a family reunion, wedding party or the like. I’m really happy with how it turned out on the tote….so much so that I’ve made two more. One for myself and one for a second mug swapper. And yes, being able to print in pink is my favourite!