Thursday, October 10, 2013

Making Family Shirts With Iron On T-Shirt Transfer

Our family was planning a trip to Disneyland.  At the last minute I wanted to get us all matching T-Shirts, but it was too late to have any made.  I have done iron on transfers before but I wasn't sure I wanted to do them again.  I really had no choice if I wanted matching shirts.
Sooooo, I started with the internet and found this wonderful site called Font Space that had so many cool fonts.  They had a selection of Disney fonts that I could use.  Here is the site:
So with my new fonts available to me I went to work.  I used the Walter font, with one of the Mickey Mouse Ears font.  I found a Jack Skellington on the Web, and the pumpkin from my Print Shop Program.  I used my Print Shop Program to put it all together.  Here is what I came up with. 
I managed to get 2 iron on logos per page, plus a logo for the sleeve.  I printed them on Jolees Easy Image transfer paper for dark fabrics.  I tried it first on Avery's and it was a nightmare.  The paper would not come off.  I have not had luck with any of Avery's products.
BE SURE TO PRINT THEM OUT WITHOUT REVERSING THE PATTERN.   Then I hand cut around the logo, then peeled off the back. 
I laid the transfer where I wanted it on the shirt and placed parchment paper over the top.  I have the old fashioned iron that gets really hot, so it didn't take much time at all.   Then I ironed it on.  I also put a transfer onto the sleeve.
Here's an example of the shirt and the sleeve:
On one of the shirts I had ironed it a little too long.  It gave the transfer kind of a worn look, which I really liked.  I went back and did it to all the shirts. 
 Here is how it turned out:
I have since washed and dried the shirts without a problem.  If you really want them to last, you probably shouldn't dry them in the dryer. 
The shirts were a lot of fun to wear.  Here is the gang with our matching shirts:

For Christmas I made some more shirts for my family.  I did basically the same things, but changed it to Christmas.  I think it turned out cute.  Here it is:

 A few years ago my family and I decorated T-Shirts with bleach.  If you would like to see how to do it check it out by clicking on the picture below.


  1. Holly,
    They turned out so cute! You are so creative. Love them!

    1. Thanks Cindy! We had our picture taken in them at Disneyland, but Disneyland lost it. I am so bummed!

  2. Wow! They turned out so cute! You definitely have a good hand in making all these DIY shirts that you have. I love your use of that unique font on your Disneyland shirt. I also liked the Christmas design. The Grinch picture was a nice touch. I'm looking forward to your other tshirt projects.

    Tracy Webb