Create Your Own Iron-On Transfer

Iron-on appliqués are so easy and versatile! In this tutorial, I am ironing one onto a bread basket liner. You can purchase a liner (or a thin towel) from the store and quickly iron your hand-made appliqué. You can also personalize napkins, T-shirts, aprons—you name it! With fusible webbing, you can easily make decorative home goods (pillow covers, table runners, etc.) to match your color scheme.

Finding the right webbing can be a challenge, even with the quick reference chart that is commonly in large craft stores. I bought Heat’n Bond Lite, and realized afterwards that the edges of the appliqués must be stitched after it is ironed on. On the bright side, it’s lightweight and doesn’t stiffen the material, making it ideal for wearable items and delicate materials. (Good for layering appliqués, too!) If you’d rather not stitch the appliqué, then you can use Heat’n Bond Ultra Hold. I have not tried the UltraHold, but the packaging of the Lite webbing suggests that UltraHold should be used when stitching is not desired.

Supplies & Tools:

  • Printable template (download here)
  • Bread basket liner
  • Fabric – any color(s) you like
  • Fusible webbing, such as Heat’n Bond Lite
    (purple wrapper) or Ultra Hold (red wrapper)
  • Scissors
  • Tailor’s chalk
  • Iron
  • Ironing board


  1. Print the template and cut out pieces as desired.
  2. Pre-wash the basket liner and the fabric that you using for the appliqués. Do not use fabric softeners.
    Note: It is important to pre-wash fabric because it shrinks when washed. I have skipped this step in the past, and when I washed the project (later), the fabric shrank and the appliqué warped.
  3. Iron the liner and the fabric.
  4. Cut a piece of fabric and webbing larger than the appliqués that you are making. (A 12″ square, for example.)
    Note: I cut the webbing just slightly smaller (11.5″ square) than the fabric to reduce the risk of getting any of the webbing stuck on my iron. (I’ve heard it’s a NIGHTMARE to get off your iron.)
  5. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for joining the fabric to the fusible webbing. (Check for recommended iron settings—temperature and length of time to press iron on fabric.)
  6. Iron the webbing onto the appliqué fabric. Begin pressing in the middle and work outward. Once finished, check the edges—if the fabric and webbing separates easily, then you need to iron some more.
  7. With a pencil or tailor’s chalk, trace the appliqué template. You can draw either on the fabric directly, or on the paper backing.
    Note: If you trace on the backing, the image that you will get is the reverse of what you drew. Typically not a problem with figures such as holly or a tree, but it is problem if you are doing letters. For example, I drew an “N” on the paper backing, cut it out, and then realized that my appliqué was a backwards “N”.  To counteract this, you can simply trace the reverse of the template, which will give you the correct shape.
  8. Cut out appliqués.
  9. Peel paper backing and position on basket liner.
  10. Iron in place.


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2 comments on “Create Your Own Iron-On Transfer

  • libby said:

    great idea. thanks for showing me elfs.

  • Maliyah said:

    Dag nabbit good stuff you whippersnappers!

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