How to Iron-On Transfer

Using iron transfer paper, you can customize totes, pillows and more. Learn how to iron-on transfer with these simple steps.

Personalize a fabric item such as this tote bag, or a T-shirt, or pillow cover with your favorite photo using this simple Iron-On Transfer Method. Here's how. Gather your materials: a fabric item (we used a tote bag), your image printed on transfer paper, and a piece of cardboard. Print your image onto iron-on transfer paper. Be sure you load the paper according to package directions. Let the image dry completely before starting the project. Cut your image as close to the lines as possible. Preheat your iron to a high setting. Place your fabric face-up on your work space. To protect the other side of your fabric, slip a piece of cardboard inside. Now you're ready to iron on your image. Place your image face-down onto the fabric. Iron the image onto the fabric pressing down hard and moving the iron constantly. Like this. Lift a corner of the transfer paper to see if your image is transferred. Make a few more passes with the iron if it hasn't. Now, peel off the transfer paper backing. Let the transfer dry. If you need to wash your item, turn it inside out and wash it in a cold delicate cycle. Don't put your bag in the dryer. Your new tote bag is ready to use.