Recipe for Success: Screen-Printed Heat Transfers

Interested in screen printing your own heat transfers? Find the recipe for success here. 

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As a screen printer, printing your own heat transfers is a great way to grow your business. Gather your necessary items and start printing with this how-to recipe for success. 

What You Need:

  • Heat transfer paper
  • Heat transfer powder
  • Blank T-shirts to print on (you can heat press on cotton, 50/50, or polyester shirts)
  • Optional: A Teflon sheet (Used to save wear and tear on the heating element and prevent sticking)


First, prep your screens for printing. Note: your image should be mirrored to how you would normally look at it.

Make sure your dryer is preheated to around 100 degrees F. The belt should be running at a moderate speed.

To get a proper transfer, take your transfer paper and line it up exactly how you want it. Now you can screen print your desired ink color on it.

Next, place your printed transfer paper on the dryer belt and let the dryer do its magic!

Once it has dried, place the transfer paper in a container to sprinkle the transfer powder. This can be a piece of cardboard, Tupperware, or whatever you might have handy to protect the other surfaces from the transfer powder. Sift the powder around on top of the transfer to make sure it is coated.

Once coated, stack transfers on top of one another for storing. 

Pro tip: printing transfers for events will save you time and money versus trying to sell already printed shirts at the event.

Next, place the transfer on your shirt. Press at 320 degrees F for 15-20 seconds.

After the time is up, carefully peel the transfer paper off of the shirt. The transfer paper will still be hot.

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