Happy Harry Potter’s Birthday Week!! I’m celebrating with RaeGun Ramblings, queen of all things Harry and YA fiction, today with some fun and versatile Harry Potter transfer tees.
Using Transfer Artist Paper (affiliate link), or TAP, you can customize any tee shirt, or anything, into some brilliant Harry fanwear. And I’ll show you how to use your own or your kids’ unique handwriting to make the whole thing even more personal.
Harry Potter Transfer Tees, let’s do it!
You’ll need a tee shirt, some fabric for the image, I used a rayon/cotton blend knit from Jo-Ann Stores (light fabrics work best. Fabric content isn’t supposed to matter, according to the TAP package, but I’ve only every used cotton and cotton/blends), and Transfer Artist Paper, or another iron-on medium, but TAP is my favorite.
And you’ll need a graphic to transfer. I found lots and lots of awesome Harry Potter related images with just a quick Google search. I ended up using the Azkaban “mug shot” of Sirius Black from the movie, and a free amazing printable of the marauders map from HERE. You want to download as high-resolution image as you can. Once downloaded to your drive, print the image onto the TAP. Make sure your settings are set to “mirror image” or “t-shirt” setting. This will ensure that your images print backwards onto the TAP, so they then will iron forwards onto your fabric.
Once printed, cut out the image, as close to the graphic as you can/want. The extra, non-printed TAP that you don’t cut off can still show up on darker fabrics. See this post here where you can see that in action better. I haven’t had an issue on white fabric, but be aware of it just the same and cut out accordingly. Then, just follow the TAP package directions to transfer the image onto your fabric.
After ironing, when you start pulling off the back paper of the TAP, if it resists at all, lay it back down and iron on that resistant area. If you keep pulling, the image can pull up or get distorted just a bit in that area.
After transferring the image, I also like to lay a pressing cloth down on top and iron it again without the paper, just to set the TAP as much as I can.
Now, cut out your fabric graphic.
And pin to place on your shirt. A good rule of thumb for placement is about two inches from the stitch line of the neckband, no matter the size. Any lower, and the graphic looks too low, in my opinion.
If you are making your own shirts (not using store-bought), pin the graphic(s) on after completing the shoulders and neck, but before sewing the sleeves or side seams. If using a store-bought shirt, be sure not to pin through both sides of the shirt.
Now, sew in place. Use a jersey or ball point needle in your machine, and go slowly, smoothing out the fabric with your fingers as it feeds under the presser foot. If it starts to pucker and bunch, stop, smooth it out, and restart.
I wanted to add some fun phrases to my tees. You can print out lines typed out with a font on your computer, use your own handwriting, but I wanted a more “kid” handwriting on mine. If you type something, make sure to print it in mirror image or t-shirt. If you handwrite it, or have someone else handwrite it…
Write the phrase out on some white scratch paper.
Trace over what was written with a dark ink and flip the paper over. Use a light box, or tape the paper to a sunny window. Place the TAP over the top of the paper, and trace what you originally wrote. This way, you’re getting the phrase traced out backwards (so it irons onto the fabric forwards). It also means you can fix spacing or add the missing “w” your kid forgot in “swear”. I fixed spacing and missing letters, but my eight-year old wrote his N and P backwards, and I totally left those because I thought it was cute.
You can add the phrases to the graphics, like I did at the bottom of the Marauder’s Map, or make individual appliqués, like I did on the back of the shirts.
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Brown tee pattern: Ottobre 3/2013 Diamond Tee (#33), 158 cm. Fabric is cotton knit from Jo-Ann Stores
Black tee pattern: Adventure Tee by Go To Patterns for Pattern Anthology, size 8. Fabric is cotton knit from Jo-Ann Stores.