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Iron On Fun- Wilton T-Shirt Transfers

I love to create t-shirts for a variety of special occasions, so I thought it would be fun to review Wilton Easy Image T-Shirt Transfers. Found at Michael’s, Wilton T-Shirt Transfers are “great for personalizing t-shirts, tote bags, home decor and more!” For this review, I used the ones specified for light fabrics, but there is also a version for dark fabrics available. Both can be found on the t-shirt and fabric decorating aisle. The transfers for light fabrics are just under $20.00, and you get 10-8.5″ x 11″ iron on pages for inkjet printers. The package also states that there are hundreds of free design images at wiltoneasyimage.com, to help in creating your personalized items.

Basically what you need in addition to the transfers are something to transfer your design to (like a t-shirt), a computer, an inkjet printer, a pillowcase, and an iron. First you create your design on the computer. While you can use the free designs mentioned above at wiltoneasyimage.com, I prefer to create my own designs. My programs of choice are Adobe Photoshop and InDesign, but you can use a simple word processor or any program that allows you to draw, import a picture, or create words. If you’re using words, you have to remember to flip them horizontally, so that they print in reverse! Once you print, you cut out the design, and following the directions on the package, iron in place. Here’s a visual…


I found out that it is important do the ironing on a hard surface on top of a pillowcase, holding the iron with steady pressure for about 20 seconds over sections of the transfer in order to get the best results–just as the directions state! Once the ironing is complete, you simply peel off the paper to reveal your design. In most cases, you’ll have a nice crisp design waiting to be admired. I do recommend taking a practice run if it’s your first time or if you haven’t done it in a while. I’m not sure if it’s the Wilton brand, but I do have problems from time to time either over or under heating and getting spotty results–either missing pieces of the design or a burned/overcooked type coloring. I wish there were a perfect way to tell when it’s heated enough!

There are so many fun reasons to make a personalized shirt. The one above was to celebrate the school year and moving on–a unique gift for the trio of friends. Here are a few more…

T-shirts for a car wash birthday party were a fun favor that let the girls feel like car wash employees and gave them something to wear between cars and after.
I created a candy bar invitation for my daughter’s candy themed birthday party based on her favorite candy store, and then I modified the invitation file to create a special shirt to wear to the party and for many days to come!
For an Amazing Race scavenger hunt party, t-shirts were created for each team–the girls found out their team when they pulled them from the bag. They were also a great place for autographs to remember the night of fun and meeting Drew Brees!
My nephew had to dress in something representative of Louisiana for state day, so we found an image he liked and ironed it on–a unique shirt on limited time!
And for my fellow stampers, you don’t have to print your design on the computer–try stamping it right on the transfer paper! I stamped the alligator and pirate bird from the recent Summer Fun release from A Muse to create a unique alligator shirt. My daughter can’t wait to wear it!
When it comes to stamping and coloring with Copics, I found that the brush tip worked better than the fine bullet point. It seemed to eat up the transfer a bit, but ironed on fine in the end. For the gator, I actually used a Stampin’ Up! marker and it worked fine, too. It’s also important to note that you can’t stamp words unless you try to mirror image them!

So, to sum things up…

Pros:

  • Perfect for personalization
  • Easy to use
  • Not just for printing

Cons:

  • Sometimes spotty results
  • Easy to over-iron
  • Hard to find online

Overall, I like the Wilton brand, but I would also like to review another brand and compare results. Have you created any t-shirts or other other project using Wilton transfers? Or have you used another brand that you love? Leave a comment and let me know!

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7 Responses to Iron On Fun- Wilton T-Shirt Transfers

  1. Jen June 3, 2009 at 1:02 pm #

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  2. Jen June 3, 2009 at 1:02 pm #

    My mom used the Wilton T-shirt transfers for her work. She works in a library and its time for their annual summer reading club. The library lets the employees purchase shirts from them for like $20.00 and my mom and her employees did’nt like them so she found the wilton stuff and made them all t-shirts for under $10.00.
    They turned out really nice. I will have to go home and try your idea about stamping on the transfer sheet and putting it on a t-shirt. I also wanted to mention Love your blog 🙂

  3. Cammy June 3, 2009 at 1:45 pm #

    I have used these transfers with success. I made a set of “baby’s first….” onesies — with images for the first Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. I’ve done two sets and have found it to work well. The thing I liked about this method was the ability to screw up on the transfer paper instead of the fabric. 🙂

    Here is a post on my blog with a picture of the onesies –http://craftycammy.blogspot.com/search/label/Swaps

  4. Jess June 3, 2009 at 2:09 pm #

    I love your idea to use a stamped image! What a great tip!

  5. Lexie Darr July 15, 2009 at 12:37 am #

    I used the Wilton iron transfers on dark material for my kids Potter bash they were having. I have to say that i was dissapointed in the results. The transfer did not want to stick at all and was highly annoying to work with! Maybe i was doing it wrong but i followed the instructions to a T but had no success!
    ~J~

  6. Recycleatee August 2, 2010 at 4:59 am #

    So what on Earth are you waiting for??? If you value the place where you live and the budget that you have to survive, start getting yourself an affordable organic t-shirt with stylistic and funny designs and be an Earth Hero.

  7. Anonymous October 29, 2012 at 8:57 am #

    I used the white fabric transfers and had a terrible time with them. Heated the iron to cotton setting, no steam, steady pressure for 20 seconds, and there were still many areas that did not stick. The iron also completely scorched the pillowcase I had underneath. Maybe the transfers had been sitting around for awhile and were too old?