DIY | Fabric Transfer

DIY | Fabric Transfer

I recently posted a couple of old pictures that my dad took and I really wanted to integrate them into a new project. So I used one picture to try out a fabric transfer project using Gel medium
The picture is of my mom and I wanted to capture the vintage feel of the picture, so I decided to transfer it to the back of a denim shirt.
Supplies: Shirt/piece of fabric, laser printed image, Gel Medium
1. Print your favorite image with a laser printer.
2. Apply a thick amount of Gel Medium on the right side of the paper (so you cover the image up with the gel).
3. Place the paper face down onto the fabric. And let it dry for a couple of hours or overnight.
4. Take some water and dab it onto the paper. Use your fingers to rub the paper of. This may take a while and there will be several layers of paper to remove. Make sure you don’t rub to hard, or you will scratch the image! 
The image transfer probably won’t come out as perfect as the original image, but I think that it suits the style and makes it look more unique.
All done!
DIY | Fabric Transfer

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  • Amy K 12th November 2012 at 6:34 pm

    I love this!!!! You have great DIY

    Much Love

  • Anonymous 14th November 2012 at 10:37 am

    I thought about what happens when you wash it…!?

    • Lana Red 21st November 2012 at 12:35 pm

      Hi, Thank you for reminding me! I totally forgot to mention in the post that you can wash it, bit it’s handwash only! So just gently wash the fabric without to much rubbing.

  • Anonymous 24th November 2012 at 10:29 pm

    hello,great diy.what kind gel medium do you use?

  • Anonymous 26th November 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I love this idea. Does it need to be a laser printed copy? I’m not sure if my printer is laser or inkjet (embarassing, I know.)

    Thanks for your help.


    • Lana Red 30th November 2012 at 8:37 am


      Yes, it has to be an inkjet printed image. I don’t really know why, but the image won’t transfer completely when you use an inkjet printed image.


  • Mia Annie 26th November 2012 at 8:56 pm

    I love this shirt :)

  • brytknee 28th November 2012 at 9:55 pm

    does it only work with black and white images?

    • Lana Red 30th November 2012 at 8:38 am

      No it doesn’t! You can definitely use color images. It’s just that I only have a black & white laser printer at home, so most of my printer involved tutorials will be black and white ;)

  • Kate 3rd December 2012 at 4:39 am

    Love this! very cool

  • Alyssa Christine Landez 23rd January 2013 at 11:52 pm

    I loved doing this in high school for art projects. Never thought about doing it on fabric. :) Great DIY. Can’t wait to do it.

    • Lana Red 6th February 2013 at 11:44 am

      Thank you! And let me know how yours turned out!x

  • Camille Sauvaud 30th May 2013 at 2:43 pm

    Hi, I am french and i love your shirt !
    I would like to apply your idea but I haven’t understood the step 2 and 3. Could you explain more clearly please.
    Thank you

    • Lana Red 28th June 2013 at 3:04 pm

      Hi Camille!

      How great that your are trying the tutorial!

      Step 2 and 3 are really easy. Just apply a thick amount of the gel medium on the side of the paper where the image is on. Than place the paper with the image face down onto your fabric. And just let it dry for a couple of hours!

      Good luck!

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