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 your own home. We’ll walk you through a couple different ways you can use iron on transfers and some tips to make sure everything comes out perfectly.

Stay farm fresh

Farmer's market canvas bag fabric transfer
Give your local farmers a boost with the help of light fabric transfers (3271)

Add a supportive message to your canvas bags with this print-ready template. You can also create your own custom messages in Design & Print Online with the help of our intuitive text editor. Our design software makes it easy to type curved text, add shapes, upload images and more.

Click here for the “Support your local farmers market” template.

Mama’s got a brand new bag

Custom tote bag for moms
Create custom tote bags with light fabric transfers (3271)

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 Design & Print Online to add in your own clever quips.

Click here for the “Nothing in this bag is mine” template.

Click here for the pink and purple “Nothing in this bag is mine” template.

Treat your selfie

Makeup bag with fabric transfer
Give your makeup bag a makeover with a dark fabric transfer (3279)

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.

Click here for the “Selfie Kit” template.

My name is…

Pregnancy announcement onesie fabric transfer
Make a memorable pregnancy announcement with dark fabric transfers (3279)

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.

Pregnancy announcement onesie fabric transfer
Make a memorable pregnancy announcement with dark fabric transfers (3279)

Also feel free to be creative and find new ways to use our custom iron on transfers. As long as your fabric is 100% cotton or a poly/cotton blend you’ll be able to iron our transfers onto it. That goes for both our dark fabric transfers and our light fabric transfers.

Click here for the pink and green Hello my name is templates.

Click here for the red and blue Hello my name is templates.

They grow up so fast

Baby onesie month pack
Use Dark fabric transfers (3279) to create perfect photo opportunities.

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. Many crafters use labels for their baby’s monthly photos, but fabric transfers add an extra level of quality that won’t peel off.

Click here for the monthly baby onesie template.

Getting everything just right

Bridal shower bachelorette shirts
Personalize bridesmaid shirts with light fabric transfers (3271)

Fabric transfers are great for making custom made 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. But if you’re using Design & Print, we’ll keep track of whether you’re using a light fabric transfer template and flip your print for you.

Click here for the “Bride’s Tribe” template

Pumping iron

Custom tank top for gym workout
Light fabric transfers (3271) make it easy to leave a heartfelt message.

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 a step-by-step video on how to use light fabric transfers. We also have a video tutorial on how to use dark fabric transfers as well.

Click here for the “Cardio is Hardio” template.

Fun for the whole family

Family reunion shirts custom fabric transfers
Design custom shirts online with Design & Print

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. Print out extra copies of instructions and learn more about our entire fabric transfer line at

Click here for the family reunion shirt template.

Products featured in this article:

Light Fabric Transfers (3271)

Dark Fabric Transfers (3279)

Helpful Fabric Transfer Resources:

Fabric Transfer Help Page

Light Fabric Transfer Video Demo

Dark Fabric Transfer Video Demo

Fabric Transfer Instruction Sheets:

Light Fabric Transfer Instructions

Dark Fabric Transfer Instructions

2 thoughts on “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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