Transfer Images to Fabric





Introduction: Transfer Images to Fabric

In this instructable I am going to show you a very easy way to transfer images to fabric, with things you have probably lying around.

As you can see I used a drawn picture of our dog, but the technic works just as well with any photograph.

Step 1: Things You Need

These are the things you will need:

  • Fabric
  • Image printed with a laser printer (inkjet doesn't work)
  • Lavender oil (e.g. here)
  • Some extra paper
  • Tape
  • Spoon
  • Paintbrush
  • Flat iron

Step 2: Preparing

Start be ironing your piece of fabric, as you can see I used a pillow case.

Place a few sheets of paper underneath it to soak up any excess oil.
Use tape to hold the fabric in place and tape your image onto it. Make sure it is mirror-inverted, especially if you would like to transfer text.

Step 3: Transferring the Image

Add a few drops of lavender oil onto the picture and use a paint brush to spread it out. Make sure that there are no puddles.

After about 1-3 minutes you can start by transferring the image. I used a spoon to do so. Press it onto the image and make sure that you get every part of the image. You can carefully lift it to see whether you are happy with the result.

After you are happy, you can remove the paper and let the fabric dry.

Step 4: Last Step

All that is left to do is to iron the piece at the hottest setting without steam.

You can wash it at 40°C (104°F) in your washing machine.

Congrats you are done!



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    Once you put the oil, wouldn't smear the drawing?

    The drawing of your dog looks just like my dog!! I would love to try this technique as a gift for my wife. If you are the original artist of that drawing, may I borrow it? It's too perfect!!


    Of course, pm me your email address and I will send it to you.

    Oil will not work because you didn't use oil : you use essential oil.

    Essential oils mostly contains terpene and ketone. Turpentine works great, acetone too (if you use plain cotton). But as toner is basically plastic you can try any solvent to find which one works better with your printer and fabric.

    You can also use tracing paper : it transfers more color but it's less forgiving because it can slide easily.

    could I use raps oil?

    Could I transfer white images to a black polyester?

    I don't think so because you can't print white ink :)

    I have inexpensive polyester bags that i would like to transfer images onto but the iron melts the bag. Any suggestions?

    Try the process without ironing the bags. It should work as well.