Transferring Images To Fabric – DIY Tutorial

I recently found out about Avery Inkjet Fabric Transfers. My mom sent me a newspaper article about them (yes, she mails me articles from the Detroit Free Press, most often ones about how the movie industry is so often filming in Detroit, and how creative jobs are opening up, think she’s hinting at something?). Anyways, she sent me an article of projects using Avery Inkjet Fabric Transfers, with a post-it note saying “This made me think of you.” So, what else could I do but go to Staples for supplies for a fabric transfer project? So….I made a pillow with song lyrics on it. :] Wanna make one? Here’s what I did:

 What you’ll need:
Scissors
Iron
Digital design

So I drew out my design (Hopeless Wanderer lyrics by Mumford and Sons) to digitize, but if you’re not feeling that, you can use any design on your computer, including photos!!

Once you have your design open on your computer, you’ll want to flip it, or mirror it. So when you print it on your fabric transfer paper, the image will be backwards. If your image doesn’t fill up the entire sheet of paper (for example, I made mine into the shape of a heart) cut it out accordingly.

Next, place your transfer paper design-side down onto your fabric. (This doesn’t have to be a pillow! Think shirts, totes, aprons, etc!) The next step is ironing, and for that be sure to follow the instructions on your fabric transfer paper package, as timing and temperature may very by brand. Let cool and then pull the top layer off the transfer paper.

Now….let’s see how long this pillow lasts until Penny pulls out all the stuffing…. ;] xo JA

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10 Comments
  1. Amy 4 years ago

    I love lyrics, and I love cushions! It’s beautiful and such a good idea!

    Amy| The Little Koala Blog ♥

  2. It's Sooo Fluffy 4 years ago

    This would make an awesome gift!

  3. gina 4 years ago

    love this and my mom does that too…she is always sending me newspaper and magazine clippings. it is funny because she could probably just email me a link….but getting real mail is so fun :).

  4. Blue Eyed Night Owl 4 years ago

    That looks amazing! It’s been ages since I tried any iron-on projects, but I still have some paper. Might have to give it a go soon:)

    blueeyednightowl.blogspot.com/

  5. Heather Carroll 4 years ago

    My oldest daughter likes to make pillow cases and my mom has wanted one with shoes on it for awhile (she is a bit of a shoe house – my mom, not my daughter) and we can’t find any fabric. I guess now I know how to solve that problem. Thanks!

  6. Lise Sofie Hopland 4 years ago

    That’s so funny, I was just thinking of doing that to some t-shirts. But I always imagined it’d be a lot of work, but you made it seem quick, painfree and easy! I’ll definetly give it a go now!

  7. Dorien 4 years ago

    This is really pretty! By the way, you should totally make some fonts to sell, I would def buy them :p

  8. Windy Phillips 4 years ago

    Love it. I should do some of these for our futon! Hm, I don’t think my handwritten lyrics would come out so nice. I’ll have to ponder what I should do.

    One thing that got me duh-style last time I did a transfer on my Canon. I flipped it and then the printer driver flipped it for me when I selected transfer in the settings. So it came out the wrong way. Took me a while to figure out what the heck was going on (I know, I was having a slow kid day.) Proof that two rights can make a wrong, I guess.

  9. GirlAndAWardrobe 4 years ago

    I’m definitely trying this out!

  10. Melissa 4 years ago

    Cute! My grandmother sends me clippings from The Detroit News sometimes. They are usually artsy clips which I love.

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