Transferring patterns is an interesting at home craft work that requires your time and skills. Many of you might be having an artistic approach towards life and would love to make use of this art during your quarantine leisure time.
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You do not need to limit your creativity to paper or fabric, you can transfer patterns to wood, clothing or even your skin (tattooing!). You can start the craft projects to kill time, or to DIY home decor to improve the space. Once you master the skills, you can start to make art works and sell them online or at local markets. If you are ready to explore different mediums, check out the following Amazon Art & Craft kickstart kits.
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Things you require for pattern transfer(not using printer)
- Original pattern to be transferred
- Transfer paper (There are several types of transfer paper and they are good for different purposes. You can see my research list below)
- Transfer pencil (Usually the transfer pencil comes with the package. You will not need one if you are using printer to transfer patterns.)
- Craft tools such as scissors
- Iron & ironing board
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⭐⭐⭐⭐ Best Transfer Paper For Vinyl
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Best Transfer Paper For Drawing
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Best Transfer Paper For T Shirts & Printers
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Best Transfer Paper For Dark Fabric
⭐⭐⭐⭐ Best Transfer Paper For Tattooing
How to transfer patterns to paper, then to fabric?
If you are not using printer, then these are the instructions for pattern transfer.
Transfer Pattern To Paper
While you work on a hard surface, you need to trace the entire design with the help of your transfer pencil to paper.
You should try to keep the pressure of your stroke even all the way around the design to ensure a good transfer because if it is too light you won’t be able to see the lines of the design when you begin the project. You are about to transfer a reverse image of the one you have just printed.
If the design is reversible then nothing matters but if it is not then you need to trace the image with your transfer pencil onto the other side of paper and remember that the side you trace shall face down on the material to be ironed.
Lift The Pattern From The Material
Next you have to lift the pattern from the material which is ready for the project and could be used again.
Cut A Square Around The Pattern
Now cut a square around your pattern and for this it is better to work with a small piece of paper when you want to transfer the pattern to material with an iron.
Transfer Pattern To Fabric
You have to position the pattern face down on the piece of material you are using for your project and then hold the pattern in place tightly with one hand and iron firmly and consistently over the pattern with your medium heated iron.
Check If The New Pattern Is Dark Enough
Next set the iron aside and hold all but one corner of the pattern in place tightly with one hand and you can lift the free corner to check if the design is showing up dark enough.
Try Again Until There Is A Good Result
If it is not still dark, iron consistently in your coverage of the pattern till you get satisfactory results.