DIY Iron-On Transfer Shirts Under $5!

I am a little embarrassed to even share this tutorial because it seems like a total no-brainer, but MAN, did the final products turn out great! It literally took about 10 minutes per shirt, and the total cost ended up being under $5 per shirt. Can you believe?! Under $5 for a custom, adorable shirt. I really did it this time…

What you need:

T-Shirt (got mine for $3.96 at Walmart) Iron-on transfer paper Computer/Internet Printer/Ink Iron ———- Total: $4.60 (give or take) What you do: As a preface to this project, I had a striped skirt (pictured at the end of this post) that had kinda weird colors that I couldn't find a shirt for. So I decided I would figure out an easy and cheap way to make a shirt that would be perfect for my peculiar-colored skirt. So I looked up a floral pattern on the internets (LOVE floral and stripe pattern mixing.. like OMG), overlayed it on a heart shape in Photoshop, printed it on the transfer paper, ironed that sucker on, and ended up with something beyond my wildest dreams. You could totes skip the Photoshopping step and save yourself some time by finding exactly the shape/design you want on the internet… clip art, Google Images, they are your BFF here.

Step 1: Find or design an image on your computer (I used Photoshop)

Step 2: Print out the image on transfer paper

Step 3: Cut out the shape

Step 4: Iron on shape according to transfer paper instructions

Step 5: Peel backing off your shirt

They turned out SO good that I made one for all 10 sheets of transfer paper that I purchased. I will share a few of them here. But before I do, I really want to emphasize how easy this was. I am not exaggerating when I say this was the EASIEST project I have ever done. And think of all you could do: girl shirts, boy shirts, onesies, blankets, towels, pants, anything. I am sold.

Should I say again how easy this project was? EASY. Do it. Have a great Monday!

xo, Sam

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  • Leslie Leslie on Jan 15, 2022

    Hi Liz & Sam, First of all the combo of your floral heart and striped skirt is perfect. Just enough floral to not overwhelm. It is not easy to pattern combine well. Secondly thank you for the instructions. I have never used transfer paper, I usually just paint what I want on a T-Shirt. This will open up new avenue of how to accomplish this using a different application. :)

  • Denise Denise on Jan 17, 2022