Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Iron-on Transfers for T-shirts
Iron-on Transfers for T-shirts
Tue, 13 Apr 1999 08:29:14 -0400
My Boy Scout Troop is interested in making our own Troop T-shirts
using computer generated, Inkjet printer, Iron-on transfers. The
advantage of using this method is you can make T-shirts as needed
and when needed. You don't have to order a large quantity of
shirts from a Silk-Screener and keep them in stock. I also think
the per shirt cost will be less with Iron-ons.
Projected Materials and Cost for 25 T-shirt run:
Blank Shirts approx. cost $4.99 each (x 25) $124.75
Transfer paper (8.5 x 11 sheet) about $1.10 x 25 $ 27.50
Color Injet Cartridge about $35.00 $ 35.00
Per Shirt cost (Divid by 25) $ 7.49
Estimated cost for 25 shirts would be $7.49 per shirt and that's
if you used a full 8.5 x 11 inch transfer sheet per shirt. With
a full sheet you could probably put an image on both the front
and back of the shirt.
I did a little research on the Internet about this and found some
info at the Hanes T-shirt web site. They recommend using either
a white or natural (beige) 100 percent cotton T-shirt of Iron-On
transfers. They said that Iron-on images show up better on these
lighter colors. In fact, if you use Hanes T-shirts in these two
colors they offer you a guarantee for the replacement of up to
six T-shirts if you are not successful with creating your own
Iron-on T-shirts. That's pretty good I'd say !
My questions are:
Has anyone here tried making their own Iron-on Transfers
and T-shirts before ? I have not problem generating the
If so what type (manufacturer) of transfer paper did you use ?
There are two types of paper, one you remove the backing while
it is still hot and the other type you remove the backing when
it paper has cooled off. Which did you use and how well did
it work ?
How easy was it to transfer the image to the shirt ? Did you use
a press with adjustable temperature and pressure or a household
hand iron ?
What brand name T-shirts did you use ?
Were the T-shirts 100% Cotton or a 50/50 blend ?
How well did the image stay on the shirts after multiple washings ?
Thank you for your response and help in advance.
Serving You and Scouting,
Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 1, Littleton, MA
Nashua Valley Council, Lancaster, MA
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