Modifier for heat transfer printing on cotton fabrics was prepared by semi-continuous emulsion polymerization process with butyl acrylate (BA), styrene (St), acrylonitrile (AN) and cross-linking monomer. FT-IR characterization of modifier groups showed that individual monomer well carried out polymerization. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) photos demonstrated that latex particles had regular spherical shape and uniform distribution. TGA curves indicated that thermal decomposition temperature of modifier was 439 oC. As for the transfer printing products had good colour fastness, high transfer rate and no formaldehyde.