I have had several people inquire about how I make my heat press shirts.So I decided to give you all a post about how I do it.
Let me first say that most of the designs I use I find online. For my Disney stuff there are some fabulous designers on the Disboards who will make you designs for your personal use. It is illegal to sell these items but you can make them for your own use.
I use a heat press but one set of the shirts I did with a regular old iron. I own a Hobby Lite Heat Press. This is what it looks like.
It does make it much quicker for making the shirts and I have used it for doing favors for my sister's bridal shower and for making gifts for friends going to Disney and for the Big Gives. I have owned it for over a year and it is a great little machine.
My two favorite types of transfers are Neenah Jet Pro SS for light transfers. I have never used an iron on these but love this brand for light color summer shirts.
Here are some shirts I made for our August 2010 trip using the light transfer
For Dark Transfers I use Neenah Jet Opaque II Transfers. For using your iron on these transfers you follow the directions supplied but remember you can not use a steam iron. I have a cheapy iron It cost 10 bucks. so I emptied all the water out of it and let it drain and then turned it all the way up to the highest setting. You have to iron on a hard service so I put a cotton pillow case on my dining room table and then laid out the shirt.
Here are some shirts I did in 2009 and the kids still have them though they have seen better days and they are now beginning to crack.
One thing to remember is you need to use 100% cotton shirts and you must prewash them with no fabric softener. I also generally do an extra rinse on mine to get everything out.
SO I hope this helps those who have asked about my shirts. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me.