Transferring designs onto the fabric

Posted by Alfonsina Uriburu on

Tracing, if your fabric is fairly thin, you can transfer the designs directly onto the fabric using a light source such as a light box or window, marking the lines with a chalk-based marking pencil or water-soluble transfer pen or pencil.

To transfer a design using a light source such as a window, tape the pattern to the glass and cover the pattern with the fabric. You should be able to see the design clearly through the fabric and trace the lines with your marking pencil or pen.


This is the most straightforward method.

It requires no special materials, and can be used if your fabric is light in color and if you have access to a nice light box. It's great for very detailed designs, you will have a lot of tracing to do to transfer all the lines.

  • Tape the pattern piece onto a window, and then tape the fabric directly on top of the pattern. You should be able to see the image through the fabric.
  • Using a wash-out pen, lightly trace the pattern directly onto the fabric


When you are done, lightly spray with water to wash out any transfer marks that remain.

Lay flat on a clean towel to air dry Once it's dry, you will probably want to iron it a little. Take care not to flatten your beautiful stitches! Find a clean fluffy towel and lay your work face-down onto it, then iron gently. The towel will cushion your stitches and protect them from the iron.

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