How to make iron-on patterns
Create your own iron-on patterns
- computer with Internet access
- iron-on transfer paper
- Type in the name of the person or thing you want (for example: a teddy bear, or Hannah Montana) and hit "enter" or "return" key.
- Pick your favorite image. Keep in mind that 200x200 pixels will work best. (Print out first just to make sure it looks good.)
- To resize your image depending on the size of the surface you're ironing onto (a baby onesie or a toddler's tee), "insert" your picture into a Word document. Click on a corner (instead of a side) to maintain the image's proportions, and use the arrow to drag until you find the best size for your project.
- Click on "print" in the file menu, then "properties," and then click on the different tabs to find the option that says "T-shirt transfer paper" or "iron-on paper" or "print in reverse" or "flip horizontal" or "mirror image" or "mirror print."
- Click "print" when you're ready. Look in your basic "print preferences" to see if you can find "quality" (or something similar). Locate the highest quality option available. This will make your iron-ons look all nice and professional!
- Wait a few minutes for the ink to dry, and then cut out your iron-ons, leaving a 1/8" to 1/4" border around all sides.
- Plug in your iron and read the iron-on instructions in the package to get your designs off the paper and onto something that could actually hold up in a spin cycle!
- No matter which type of paper or brand you buy, make sure to read all the instructions before you iron them on your projects. Different brands have different prepping, ironing, and washing rules.