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Make Iron-On-Your-Own - DIY Instructions for Iron-On

  • Iron-on patches made of napkin and cling film
    • manual
    • Instructional Video
  • DIY-make yourself with plastic bags
    • manual

You want to decorate a T-shirt, fabric bag or pillowcase with decorative or funny bibs ">

DIY and DIY are in vogue - as well as crafting and making DIY iron-on transfers. In the following, we will show you two variations of wainscots which you can easily copy.

Iron-on patches made of napkin and cling film

You need to do it yourself:

  • Motif napkins
  • baking paper
  • Cling film
  • Iron
  • Ironing board or big towel
  • scissors
  • T-shirt, fabric bag, pillow case etc.

We recommend using iron-on transfers, white cotton fabric or jersey fabric when ironing. The color white for the reason that the film would be more visible after ironing on darker fabrics. Likewise, the napkin, matching the T-shirt, should have a lighter shade, otherwise ugly motif edges on the T-shirt can be seen.


Step 1: First, choose a napkin with a beautiful motif, which you want to iron on. Cut this motif roughly with the scissors. Then cut the picture in more detail.

Note: The more edge you leave, the more you will see later on the T-shirt. This may not look so pretty with darker colors on a light T-shirt.

Step 2: Now remove the top, printed layer of the motif.

Step 3: Place the motif on a piece of cling film. Then cover this with a second layer of foil.

Step 4: Now cut the iron-on piece out of the film with an edge of about 1 cm.

Step 5: Now spread the T-shirt on the ironing board. Find the location where the iron-on patch should be placed. For T-shirts, it is customary to place a single, small motif on the left chest.

Note: If you do not have an ironing board, you can spread a large towel on the table and put the T-shirt on top of it.

Step 6: Cut off two pieces of baking paper that are big enough to cover the subject well. Place a layer of paper in the T-shirt, exactly where the patch should go.

Step 7: Now the patch is put in place.

Step 8: Then the second piece of baking paper comes on the motif.

9th step: Now ironed. Place the iron on the cotton and iron the iron on. Push the iron with a lot of pressure over the edges of the ironing board, so that it adheres well. Depending on the setting, napkin and foil, iron-on may take longer or shorter. Therefore, check from time to time whether the ironing is already well-bonded and no longer sticks to the baking paper.

Step 10: Set the iron turned aside. Now the baking paper is pulled flat and slowly. Done is the homemade Patch!

Note: Permanent retention of the iron-on frame is not guaranteed. Depending on the load, the subject may also fall off. Therefore, wash the t-shirt with the iron-on patch only in a fine wash cycle or by hand.

Instructional Video

DIY-make yourself with plastic bags

You need to do it yourself:

  • printed or colored plastic bags
  • baking paper
  • Iron
  • Ironing board or big towel
  • scissors
  • T-shirt, fabric bag, pillow case etc.

You can let your creativity flow when cutting the plastic bag. To make the patch even more individual, you can create lettering from individual letters. If the bag has a particularly beautiful color, you can only cut out monochrome shapes such as hearts, stars, etc. and then iron them on.


Step 1: Pick a plastic bag with a print. This can be a motif or a lettering.

Important: The individual motif should not be larger than the surface of the iron.

Step 2: Cut out the motif evenly with scissors. If possible, not much edge should remain over the subject. This one sees later on the fabric.

Step 3: Place the fabric (t-shirt or pillow case) on the ironing board. If you do not have one, spread a towel on the table.

Step 4: Now place the iron on the fabric. The outside of the plastic bag points upwards.

Step 5: Now place a piece of baking paper on top of the patch.

Step 6: The iron can now be switched on. First set it to the lowest level. Then place the hot iron on the motif so that it is completely covered. Now apply some pressure and move the iron back and forth evenly a few times. Now set the heat a bit higher and repeat the ironing. Now, step by step, set the heat a bit higher, up to the maximum cotton level, and iron the motif. Check from time to time whether the motif is already attached to the fabric. If not, iron again over the iron-on patch for 30 seconds. Ironing from the beginning to the highest level would not work because the film would be too hot too soon and then warp. So you have to approach yourself step by step and with patience.

Note: Some transparencies stain the baking paper. If you have more than one subject, be sure to change the baking paper so that it does not contaminate the fabric or the subject.

Step 7: Now put the iron away and turn it off. Then gently peel off the baking paper. The DIY patch is ready!

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