Dorm DIY: Iron-Transfer Floral Duvet Cover

If you’re a college student, you probably have a printer. You also probably have sheets or a duvet cover. You might, however, not be happy with either one. Printers can be clunky, oversized wastes of space while dorm bedding can leave a lot to be desired in the design department. Why not, then, turn dorm lemons into dorm lemonade? Put your printer to good use and make your bedding more attractive with printable iron-on decals! Although we went the floral route with our duvet cover, this DIY is endlessly customizable and able to suit any taste or style. Grab some iron-on transfer paper and some fun images and get printin’! Full directions after the jump! — Max


  • light-colored duvet cover, pillowcases and/or sheets
  • an inkjet printer with color ink
  • iron-on transfer paper for light fabrics (we used Avery paper)
  • iron
  • scissors
  • images for printing (we used floral clip art from Dover’s Redoute Flowers and Fruits book)
  • a waist-height work surface
  • extra pillow case or towel to iron on and to protect your work surface



1. Prepare your work surface by laying down a towel or pillowcase and turning your iron to the hottest setting.

2. Print your images on iron-on transfer paper.

3. Cut out your images. If possible, use curved lines when cutting. This will prevent your transfer from peeling later.

4. Lay the object you want to print on flat on your work surface. Make sure that your sheet/duvet cover/pillowcase is completely ironed and flattened out in order to get a consistent transfer.

5. Place your prints face down on your printing surface and iron until the transfer is set. The amount of time/pressure/heat needed can vary depending on what type and brand of paper you use, so follow the directions supplied with the paper you purchase.

6. Once your transfers are complete, carefully peel off your paper to reveal the image below.

7. Repeat as many times and with as many images as you see fit!

8. You’re done! Put your snazzy new bedding on your bed and sleep in style!

  1. Wow! That’s great!!!!

  2. Ann says:

    Do you think the transfer would be comfortable on a duvet cover next to skin? Pretty though, maybe curtains.

    1. Ann— If you iron on the transfers with enough pressure and heat, they blend pretty nicely into the fabric so it’s not too plastic-y. If, however, the transfers remain a little stiff, I’ve found that putting the fabric through a regular wash and dry cycle softens them up quite a bit.

  3. Allie says:

    This is perfect! I’ll definitely be trying this soon!!

  4. Hope says:

    I’ve washed iron-on transfers in the past that bled all over my fabric, so be sure to do a test run. Love this idea, though…oh, the possibilities!

  5. Harper says:

    This is AWESOME, I absolutely love it! However, I’m wondering how these fare through multiple washes in the laundry?

  6. Vicky says:

    This is cool, but I REALLY LOVE the rug! Is that homemade or vintage?

  7. Kate Rodriguez says:

    Can u explain what setting u put your computer on. Step by step How do u find reverse image thank u
    Kate. Question for anyone?

  8. Melody Sage says:

    That turned out so beautifully. Definitely going to use this, thanks!

  9. Haley says:

    Best DIY I have ever seen. I want that duvet!

  10. Monica says:

    Beautiful and easy!

  11. Mandy says:

    I have been looking for a fabric with large flowers for curtains for months and haven’t been able to find anything affordable (or even available in the United States). Going to try this though!

  12. Holly says:

    Yes, more info on the RUG please!! :)

  13. Jessica says:

    rug rug rug!!

    1. Hey all— The rug is vintage. We purchased it from Red Thread Souk:

  14. Maddy says:

    Adore this!!!!! The images you chose are just gorgeous and yes, that rug is an absolute beauty.

    My mind is now racing with ideas – thank you!

  15. Ecel says:

    This would really help me with tiding up my apartment

  16. ally says:

    I used to use iron ons back in the day to make tshirts, I never thought about using this to make a duvet cover. This is genius! I cant wait to make TONS of covers.

  17. Sockmonkeyette says:

    Looks like a Berber Rug to me.

  18. Jen O says:

    Reversing the image? If you have PowerPoint (don’t have Photoshop): scan your image and insert it onto a PowerPoint page. In ‘format’ use the ‘rotate’ feature to ‘flip horizontal’. Save this image as a jpg or pdf page. This will reverse back to the original direction when you iron it on.

  19. hc says:

    Love this idea! Also so curious about the rug and wallpaper. Great little space.

  20. these are so cute!!

  21. Trina says:

    This is beautiful. Unfortunately iron on transfer paper is not cheap and the duvet would take a lot of sheets . Forget about the dorm room and white at that! Have you ever seen what dorm room linens look like at the end of the year? Please, I had to throw them away. Perfect for a guest room though!

  22. Vania Pinto says:

    Easy and beautiful – great idea! But I am as well curious about the wall decoration: is it a DIY? Lovely!

  23. Siobhan says:

    This is an amazing idea. I have a question: if I were to do this onto a light coloured duvet, using a very dark, deep coloured image, is it possible to make the edges of said image blend better so that it doesn’t look like it was just placed there, but rather transitions nicely into the background? I wouldn’t be doing a pattern – just a complete image (I’m thinking of using a band’s album artwork). Thanks!

  24. Mary Pat Higley says:

    Great idea!

  25. Do these iron-on patterns withstand washing? I really want to use it for my dorm room, but I’m afraid it won’t be as durable.

  26. kendin yap says:

    Great idea! Is that washable anyway?

  27. Kiriah says:

    Can I ask what bed frame that is?


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