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Customize shirts, onsies, tote bags, and more.
One of the coolest and simplest craft supplies I’ve come across is paper-backed, iron-on adhesive. The adhesive often comes on a roll or is sold in sheets. It basically consists of an adhesive that melts when heat is applied (via iron) and a paper backing. I created a similar tutorial a few years ago and it continues to be one of my most popular blog posts. I thought it could use some updating.

Posted by amyistheparty from Sacramento, California, United States • Published See amyistheparty's 41 projects »
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  • Step 1

    Start with 1 piece of fabric, large enough to accommodate the size of your patch, and one equal (or lightly smaller) piece of iron-on adhesive. Place the fabric right-side down with the dullish, textured side of the iron-on adhesive facing down on top of it (the shiny side of the adhesive paper will be facing up).

  • Step 2

    Pre-heat your iron, usually on the low setting (follow the directions on the iron-on adhesive packaging for optimal temperature). Iron the shiny side of the transfer paper lightly until the textured side bonds securely with the fabric.

  • Step 3

    Use a template or freehand a design either (a) directly onto the “good” side of the fabric with a fabric pencil OR (b) draw the design directly onto the shiny backside. If you use method (b), remember that your image will be reversed.

  • Step 4

    Cut out your design with fabric scissors.

  • Step 5

    Peel the paper backing from the fabric.

  • Step 6

    Now you are ready to iron the patch onto a shirt, bag, or whatever your heart desires. Place the material right side up in desired position and iron. Ironing time may depend on thickness of fabric. Iron lightly until you have a secure bond. Sew around the edges (by hand or machine) or embellish as you wish.

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