9 Creative Ideas and Helpful Tips for Fabric Transfers

Looking for new ways to stand out? Then fabric transfers are a surefire way to immediately draw people’s attention. Custom printing once required a rigorous silk-screening process, but now you can make your own custom prints for babies, bachelorette parties, family reunions, and more from the comfort of your own home. We’ll walk you through a couple of different ways you can use iron-on transfers and some tips to make sure everything comes out perfectly.

More fabric transfer resources:

1) Stay farm fresh

Add a supportive message to your canvas bags with this print-ready template. You can also create your own custom messages in Design and Print Online (ADPO) with the help of our intuitive text editor. Our design software makes it easy to type curved text, add shapes, upload images, and more. In fact, fabric transfers are great for making personalized gifts during the holidays. You’re sure to find some inspiration on our long list of coworker Christmas gift ideas.

2) Fun for the whole family

Have a picture-perfect family vacation by making your own unique family reunion shirts. Coordinated shirts are a fun way to get your relatives into a celebratory mood while also making it easier to keep track of everyone in large crowds. Making the shirts as a group can even be a great bonding activity.

3) Mama’s got a brand new bag

Give your tote bag even more personality with this witty new template that is sure to give other moms a well-earned laugh. You can also check out our gallery of light fabric transfer templates in ADPO by entering the product number in the Avery Template Finder, then clicking the “Start Designing” button.

4) Treat your selfie

Print this design on Avery 3279 fabric transfers for dark fabric.

Important: Transfers for light fabric are transparent, transfers for dark fabrics are white. If you want white space in your design use the dark fabric transfer for any cotton or poly/cotton blend.

Make your own personalized makeup bags with this cute “Selfie Kit” template. Although the bag is a lighter color, we used a dark fabric transfer here since it helped the white parts of the design stand out. Dark fabric transfers use a white transfer sheet as opposed to light transfers, which are transparent. Make sure to cut around your dark fabric transfer prints if you don’t want the white background to show through.

5) “Hello My Name Is” onesies

Have you seen our “Hello my name is” name badges before? Now you can use this classic design with fabric transfers to set up the perfect baby announcement. You can select from a variety of fonts to make the names stand out.

6) “Hello My Name Is” baby bib

Print this design on Avery 3279 fabric transfers for dark fabric.

Important: Transfers for light fabric are transparent, transfers for dark fabrics are white. If you want white space in your design use the dark fabric transfer for any cotton or poly/cotton blend.

Also, feel free to be creative and find new ways to use iron-on transfers for dark and light fabrics. As long as your fabric is 100% cotton or a poly/cotton blend, you’ll be able to iron on our transfers using your home iron or a heat press.

7) They grow up so fast

Are you a new mother? First of all, congratulations! Second of all, your newborn is going to start growing very quickly. Now you’ll be able to commemorate each month with these custom baby onesies. In fact, we have a whole article full of baby onesie designs to celebrate every month of the year.

8) Getting everything just right

Fabric transfers are great for making DIY shirts for events or as party favors. Create these bachelorette party shirts for an unforgettable memento. But remember to keep in mind that light fabric transfer designs need to be mirrored before printing. This is because the design is printed onto a clear film that is ironed onto your fabric. However, if you’re using ADPO, we’ll keep track of whether you’re using a light fabric transfer template and flip your print for you.

Pro Tip: Fabric transfers are great for making swag bags for company events too! Check out our article featuring awesome swag bag ideas for clients, events, and giveaways. 

9) Pumping iron

Add a jolt of positivity to your physical activity with your own funny workout shirts. Ironing your own custom gear is an excellent way to get motivated and remind yourself to stay focused. If you want to make sure that your shirts come out just right, we have step-by-step video tutorials for both how to use light fabric transfers as well as how to use dark fabric transfers.

For more inspiration, new transfer products, and help using check out our fabric transfer resource page. And, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and share your DIY projects using #averyproducts.

Author: JoJo Mrgich

JoAnn (JoJo) Mrgich is a copywriter and SEO content writer who began her copywriting career in 2011. A musical theater major at the time, JoJo began writing blog articles, product descriptions, and other online content for a dancewear brand. Since then, she has gone on to write in a variety of fields, from essential oils and natural beauty to fashion and swimwear, finally landing at Avery, which she affectionately calls her "forever home." At Avery, JoJo writes content for the Avery blog, covering everything from organization to party planning, as well as contributing to other online content for avery.com. She is also a technical and content writer for Avery Industrial, where she writes in-depth articles that span a wide variety of topics, from safety compliance to 5S lean practices. In her personal life, JoJo is a big fan of fantasy and science-fiction works such as Lord of the Rings and Star Trek (especially the original series). She also loves going to Disneyland and runs a non-profit social organization of 600 members that brings fans of "nerd culture" together for meet-ups and events in Southern California.

2 thoughts on “9 Creative Ideas and Helpful Tips for Fabric Transfers”

  1. Can the fabric transfers (5 pack) be scotchgarded after the transfer has set?

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Debbe,
      Unfortunately, we haven’t tested our transfers with Scotchgard. I’ve passed your question along to our R&D team so that they can look into it. If you do go ahead and try it, we’d love to hear how it worked for you. Thank you for reading.

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