How to make awesome iron on transfers

June 23, 2009 | Comment44 comments - join the party! |

We live in a digital world people! I have decided to embrace both. My doll was an original digital illustration, that I turned into a pattern. She is my lovely piece of art. Today, I am going to show you how to make awesome iron ons. (no drawing necessary) Ready to get digital (well almost)
What you will need: a computer with Microsoft Word or equal ( I use Illustrator or Photoshop but you if you don’t have those word works just fine) printer paper (I like to use a hard stock for my patterns) Steam a Seam (or whatever you have that’s equal to it) fabric Once you learn this trick, you will go iron on crazy. if you quilt, you will never have to be another shape again, it’s all at your finger tips. Ever heard of a dingbat? Well, these are not the annoying kind, in fact its pretty much a shape. You can find them all over the web for free. This picture below is from dingbatdepot.

Just click on the set you want, I chose animals The font (shapes/dingbats) will download to your computer. Here is the technical part, its soooo easy, stay with me here, you go into your start menu and look for control panel, open up and now look for the fonts folder, just drag that new dingbat into the font folder. once it up loads, open word, just like you choose a font, you will look for the new dingbat. I chose animals, remember?

Now print, and cut.
Once you have your shapes cut out, I place the fabric on the steam a seam, and then pin the shape on. I cut the shape out, so that I have the fabric shape and the steam a seam shape. this also work with just using fabric, like Apples and Pear by Alexander Henry. Once you are done, you have some sweet iron ons for dresses, quilts, shirts, you name it. I use them mainly on my skirts. Leave a comment on my blog about what you would use the iron ons for, along
with your email, and I will randomly pick a winner to send the iron ons you see below plus and handful more with the templates so you can make your own.

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44 comments - join the party!

I understand how this would work with cut outs of fabric but not paper. Are the paper based ones washable and is it flexible/strong enough to stay put?


by Carolyne on June 30, 2009 at 10:19 am. Reply #

what is steam a seam?

by mama k on June 30, 2009 at 11:22 am. Reply #

THANKS! I have been trying to figure that out. Love it. I like to use them on onesies for my son!

by Paula Kathlyn on June 30, 2009 at 12:16 pm. Reply #

So cute! I'd use them for lots of shirts for my son & onesies for the baby I'm expecting! Maybe for some burp cloths too.

by Sarah on June 30, 2009 at 12:38 pm. Reply #

So so sweet….Oh my, so many places where I can use them – my daughter's frocks, or my skirts, or my son's tees.

by Rashmi on June 30, 2009 at 1:57 pm. Reply #

Onesies! Something I didn't think i'd need anymore of…but oops! I do 🙂

by Kimberly on June 30, 2009 at 2:17 pm. Reply #

Great tutorial!! I posted a link on Craft Gossip Sewing:

by casserole on June 30, 2009 at 2:22 pm. Reply #

Great tutorial! Off to check out the rest of your blog! 🙂

by Joanne on June 30, 2009 at 2:34 pm. Reply #

Thank you for this super tutorial! I recently went shopping for a new hooded sweatshirt. I really like the 'Roxy' ones, but they were about $50. So, instead I bought two Russell Athletic hoodies on sale for $8.99 each and I plan on appliqueing them with sweet calicos. Your Tut will help immensely! Thank you!

by Lisa K. of XSBaggage and Co. on June 30, 2009 at 4:08 pm. Reply #

wonderful! I'm so exited about it, will try it as soon as I can.
thank you!

by katevet on June 30, 2009 at 7:53 pm. Reply #

i'm not familiar with steam a seam either – i'll have to check it out, along with dingbatdepot. thanks for the post!

by Molly on June 30, 2009 at 8:06 pm. Reply #

Thank you so much for the tutorial and I would love those transfers too (: izazbz at yahoo dot com

by zees5 on June 30, 2009 at 8:33 pm. Reply #

Ooohhhh! I would use iron ons for skirts, shirts, and bags!! My daughter would put in a list of wants and must haves once she figures out the endless possibilities! Thanks for the tutorial!

by Jeni and Jenilee on June 30, 2009 at 11:02 pm. Reply #

I'm so glad someone figured out how to do this and was nice enough to share it with the rest of us. I love iron-ons. I use them to add my own personality to things and to cover up stains on favorite shirts (which happens more often than I'd like to admit)

by Viv on July 1, 2009 at 12:30 am. Reply #

What a great tutorial! I've always been interested in trying this!


by Kim @ Everything Etsy on July 1, 2009 at 1:05 am. Reply #

I would use them on baby onesies. If you buy them premade, they are outrageously expensive. My baby would love those!


by wrk2liv on July 1, 2009 at 1:12 am. Reply #

I woud use them on skirts for my girl!

by Sarah on July 1, 2009 at 1:25 am. Reply #

great tute – one question, I usually sew around the edge when I have ironed the patch on, is this not needed? does the patch not fray when it is washed?

by jojoebi on July 1, 2009 at 1:34 am. Reply #

Would love to make some cute tees for my girls with them!

by torinem on July 1, 2009 at 2:57 pm. Reply #

That is such a cute idea. Thanks for sharing it with us.

by BeachGirl on July 1, 2009 at 3:21 pm. Reply #

I have 45 organic onesies in gorgeous colours waiting for embellishments for a sale I'm doing in November. I would love to add your cut outs to a few!

– Donna
email at kindred crafters (nospace) at gmail dot com

by Donna on July 2, 2009 at 1:57 am. Reply #

reminds me of my scrapbooking days when I used to download and cut out letters with funky fonts.

thanks for the idea!!!

I'm going to try this for a blanket!!! Great idea!

by the five of us on July 2, 2009 at 3:16 am. Reply #

Thanks to everyone who replied and looked at my very first tutorial. I have also have a link to Steam a Seam for those who were not familiar with it.

by ricebabies on July 3, 2009 at 12:02 am. Reply #

Cute idea to use the font! I've only seen the fabric pictures before.

by Jerri on July 4, 2009 at 12:04 am. Reply #

this looks so fun and easy! thanks for the tute and the giveaway love! 😉

by momma rae on July 4, 2009 at 2:18 am. Reply #

I love to use steam a seam to make appliques. It's so easy and fun!
Here are a few of my recent projects.

by Melissa on July 5, 2009 at 9:17 am. Reply #

Super cute appliques! I use them on t-shirts for my boys and to match their longies/shorties!

by Christia on July 8, 2009 at 1:37 am. Reply #

Great idea! I should totally try this.

by melydia on July 30, 2009 at 12:27 am. Reply #

I am going to use this idea to make cute party favor t-shirts or bags for my son's first birthday party!

by megsy on February 9, 2010 at 6:24 am. Reply #

Great tutorial. Inspiring! Now I need to get some materials together. I have a grandson coming in July 2010 and I want to make him some custom onsies. I love your giveaway too such cute appliques. At my shop on ETSY I used an owl iron on applique to make an ACEO.

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by catalina on June 9, 2010 at 3:30 pm. Reply #

I love the iron on's! I am going to make onsies for my little one:)


by Kimberlie0399 on February 9, 2011 at 12:23 am. Reply #

thankyou so much for posting this information. i have always wanted to know how to make iron on transfers. i would use them to make my sons clothes unique, its so hard to find clothes for boys that are different and this would be the perfect way to achieve this.

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