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Sancin | Posted in General Discussion on

Has anyone ever successfully removed the slick type iron on applique on tshirts? I realize this isn’t high quality stuff but thought I would try to find an answer. Last night I ironed some pictures onto some tiny tshirts for my grandson who is really into whales. I seemed to have ironed one on wrong side. I would like to try and rescue the tshirt.


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    ThreadKoe | | #1

    I seem to recall a past post on a similar topic to this. I do not believe it is a highly successful project to attempt. Most solvents smear and muck up the applique, and make it really messy. I have used an orange based solvent to do touch up cleanings on some iron-on transfer products, but it was a commercial/industrial product. I had to be careful it did not lift the colour from the t-shirt.
    Perhaps it would be better to consider another idea, such as sewing a piece of contrasting or coordinating fabric in a wave shape over the area, and then applying another whale? Or maybe a boat? Cathy

  2. Teaf5 | | #2

    I agree that it is usually hard to remove an iron-on unless it wasn't completely fused in the first place.  Sometimes, though, you can cover it with a piece of heavy paper and reverse the bond by repeatedly heating and peeling. 

    Another option, though, is to turn the mistake into a new design direction by applying several more iron-ons in a variety of random places and orientations all over the shirt--this is what the more expensive, hip teeshirts have nowadays.  Upside down, backwards, overlapping...the wilder the combinations, the more appealing they are to young men!

    And you might be surprised; sometimes my son liked the "mistake" shirts far better than the "correct" ones!



    1. Sancin | | #3

      I did find some suggestions on line and have been going to try them but it is too darn hot here to heat up the iron! The suggestion that comes up consistently as successful is to hot iron (in circular pattern) directly on the design to melt it causing it to form balls which one can pick off. The suggestions do not say what happens to the iron! I have an old iron I will dry it with and let you know if it works. Another suggestion was using a car part cleaner, which I forget the name of as I write. Sound a bit heavy for a toddler's tee shirt. I am going to try the ironing over paper first and I have some rough unbleached cotton I will iron over before I try 'balling' the design onto my iron. There is no way my 3 yr old grandson is going to be wear ANY iron on design - he wants the whale he visits at the aquarium every few weeks!
      I was successful with a crab design he liked.

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