Fabric iron-on transfers

The kids received plain T-shirts at a party. They were blue, which is Boy Child’s favorite color, and very solid in color. These are the type of shirts you can buy at the craft store for decorating so I decided to make him a shirt he will love. His current obsession is Plants vs Zombies. I happened across this particular package in the clearance section at Michael’s. I think they changed the packaging and needed to clear out the old packaging. Talk about serendipity! I wanted to do an iron-on and the right kind of product just happened to be discounted!

I had never used an iron-on transfer before. The directions were easy to follow using my ink jet printer and regular iron. I went online and found a large image of the Plants vs Zombies Garden Warfare 2 label, then printed it out on a page of iron-on vinyl transfers. The colors were just as expected with no fuzziness or colors flowing into each other. This transfer paper can also be colored with markers or crayons if you want to make your own design. This particular product is specifically designed for dark fabrics and I did not see any bleed through of the blue even in the light areas of the picture.

I tried the process first with a small sample on a scrap of similar fabric before using it on the final shirt, just in case there were problems. I read reviews on the product before trying it and they were very mixed. Make sure to cut your image out of the sheet since any white around the edges will show. I left a white edge around the picture as a border on this one on purpose. The instructions say that rounded corners are more stable in the long run so we will see how well this lasts through the wash. What I can say is that Boy Child was very excited to have a PvZ GW2 shirt and he put it on first thing the next morning!

This picture was taken after the shirt has been through the wash 5 times. It is really holding up well. I cannot see any loss of color. The corners are all staying well adhered. Overall, this has been a very positive experience and I wouldn’t hesitate to do it again. I have some other shirts planned already!


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