How To Use Transfer Paper To Customise A Pillowcase

Video Transcript:

This is the heat transfer paper.  We’ve showed it to you before when using it with T-shirts.  Today, we’re going to print some of the items, which you may not have a thought of.  This paper is suitable for any inkjet printer using any ordinary ink anything you might have at home is suitable.  You print on it normally in mirror mode just like full T-shirts and using a domestic iron we’re going to show some other ideas that you might be able to use these for.  So we feed it into the printer normally.  Press print and generate our image.

So here is our image printed on an ordinary inkjet printer with ordinary inks on the heat transfer paper.  Again, we don’t need any of the white areas around.  They serve no purpose at all, but we should leave a small white edge around the image that will be near and visible.  So we cut out all the excess white.  It’s a good practice to adopt, when using transfer paper, just get rid of as much of the excess as you can.  What we need then is a suitable surface and that’s a heat resistant hard surface, not an ironing board, nothing, which is soft or that has holes in, so we are using a blue cutting board, or a piece of wood or a tabletop if it can withstand heat.

What I’m going to do is also line it with a T-shirt.  The only purpose this serves really is to give it a bit of cushioning and make sure that the transfer goes on properly, but we are not printing the T-shirt.  What we’re going to print today is one of these.  Now you buy a pillowcase as a present for somebody from a shop or anything on it and on the back or in the corner or anywhere else you can personalise it, you can make it something a little bit more special, a little bit individual to the person that you’re giving it.  Position it face down anywhere on the garment.  We will try and be a little bit artistic about it.  I’m using an ordinary domestic iron.  It has been preheated for about four to five minutes and I’ve turned the steam off.  So no steam, stronger iron, nothing below 1400, 1500 watts.  We recommend that you use a really a strong an iron as you can get and iron away.  Now, I’m putting quite a lot of pressure on this iron and taking care to iron the edges very, very carefully, constantly moving the iron and assuring that there is sufficient heat on all areas of the iron, the common mistake is to iron one side and forget about the others.

I’m changing the position of the iron as well that way and that way because the plate is probably fluctuating in heat.  Some areas are hotter than others.  You can see that the green spots are turning brown and this is an indication that that area has been ironed sufficiently.  So I’m moving on to other areas making sure that these spots are turning, changing colour.  And after about a minute and a half on an A5 sheet, as you can see that my spots have turned brown and it tells me that the transfer has been ironed sufficiently.  One last heating of the whole transfer, put the iron away and peel the image.  There you have a pillowcase with a bit of personalisation, a bit of individual image on it.  Take a silicon sheet, silicon sheets are more like grease proof paper, they are supplied with the packs.  They are inside the packs.  So you don’t need to go and get it anywhere else.  We provide that one too by the paper.  From its position on the exposed image and give it little bit more heat for about 30 seconds or so.  This fixes the image making sure that it’s totally washable and durable, not as critical on a pillowcase as it probably is on a T-shirt, but just to make sure that you’re providing, you’re creating a good product that will last for a long time that will be stable and durable.

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2 Responses to How To Use Transfer Paper To Customise A Pillowcase

  1. Ruth Pllank says:

    Hi, Just watched your great video for printing on white t-shirts, pillowcases etc. My question is this: Because the iron needs to be extremely hot with no steam, how do I avoid burning the t-shirt around the outside of the transfer? Hope you can help. Kind regards, Ruth

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