Applying Heat Transfers

Applying iron-on transfers to fabric is an easy process, but it requires careful attention to ensure a successful application. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to apply iron-on transfers to fabric:

Materials Needed:

  1. Iron-on transfer sheet
  2. Fabric item (T-shirt, hoodie, tote bag, etc.)
  3. Household iron
  4. Ironing board or flat, heat-resistant surface
  5. Parchment paper, Teflon sheet or thin cotton cloth, 
  6. Scissors (optional)


1. Choose the Right Fabric:

  • Ensure that the fabric item you're using is suitable for iron-on transfers. Most cotton and cotton-blend fabrics work well.

2. Trim the Design:

  • Carefully cut out the printed design, leaving a small border around the edges if desired.

4. Preheat the Iron:

  • Set your household iron to the appropriate temperature for the fabric. 
    We Recommend 260 ℉ to 315 ℉ (130 ℃ to 160 ℃) 

5. Prepare the Fabric:

  • Place the fabric on the ironing board or a flat, heat-resistant surface.
  • Smooth out any wrinkles and ensure the fabric is clean and dry.

6. Position the Transfer:

  • Place the cut-out transfer onto the fabric with the printed side facing down. Ensure the design is correctly positioned.

7. Cover with Parchment Paper:

  • Place a piece of parchment paper, Teflon sheet or a thin cotton cloth over the design. This helps protect the transfer and fabric from direct heat.

8. Apply Heat:

  • Press the iron firmly over the transfer, applying even medium pressure. Move the iron around to cover the entire design.
  • Follow the recommended time provided by the transfer sheet instructions. Typically, this is around 20-30 seconds.

9. Let it Cool:

  • Allow the fabric and transfer to cool for a few minutes. Do not peel off the backing immediately.

10. Peel Off the Backing:

  • Carefully peel off the backing paper from the transfer. If any part of the transfer sticks to the backing, reapply heat and pressure.

11. Final Touch:

  • Once the transfer is secured, let the fabric cool completely before wearing or washing.


  • Test a small corner of the fabric first to ensure the heat setting is appropriate.
  • Hand wash or machine wash the fabric inside out

By following these steps, you can successfully apply iron-on transfers to fabric, creating personalized and custom-designed items.