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iron it on...


I almost feel silly writing about this, because I feel so behind when it comes to this technique. But perhaps you are like me, so I'll go on.

The pattern you see above is one of mine, from a new pattern that will come out next week. And I transferred it to my fabric by ironing it on. But not with special paper. Not with a transfer pen either. Nope. I just printed it on a laser printer. It is my understanding that a photocopy will also work.

Why haven't I done this before?

Actually, I heard about this a long time ago, and did try it. But it didn't work, so I gave up on the idea. I tried it again after looking into having my patterns made into regular iron-on transfers. The search for info didn't turn up what I wanted. But this type of ironing on came to mind.

I haven't played with it a lot, but here are my thoughts. Light colored cotton is a safe choice (I used muslin). The pattern should be printed on a laser printer or photocopier...something with toner. I ironed my fabric first to heat it, like you would with other transfers. Then I just placed the printed pattern face down and ironed like crazy. It's not a real dark print, but it's close to when I trace with a pencil.

Now, a few side notes:

This is a candy apple that will be in a new pattern called "Trick-or-Treaters." They are Halloween candy types of things.

The embroidered piece that you got a glimpse of in yesterday's post is a Diana-type camera, and will be a new $2 mini-pattern. It's a slight variation of a pattern that is in the Photo Fun workshop in my shop.

More info on my upcoming shop update will go out in a Mailing A-List email tomorrow. If you're not on the list, this is a good time to join. You'll find the subscription box in the sidebar. There are benefits...trust me!


  1. i've also heard you can do the same with old school faxes that let you make a copy of something, it comes out on that slick curvy paper and supposedly you can iron that to fabric too

  2. Trick or Treat patterns?! SOLD. ♥♥♥

  3. My tracing skills are not very good - i've tried this with my samsung laser printer and i didnt get it to work.

    What kind of printer do you have?

    How long is iron like crazy i think i did mine for 10-15 seconds.

    This does work with wax based printers too like color zerox printers. But in my experience it's only good for small designs.

  4. I printed mine out on a Brother color laser. And I would say that I ironed for a good 30 seconds...keeping the iron moving.

    This is a small pattern, which I'm sure helps. It's also about the size I frequently do. I don't mind tracing, but knowing that I have a new option is so nice!

  5. Found out by accident several years ago that this is true. I love it when I am beading on card especially.

  6. Oh man I love that lil apple! Next week, next week - you should send out a reminder email lol bc I'm forgetful! Can't wait to get it! :)

  7. Hi Mollie! Have you thought about starting a mailing list to let people know when you release new embroidery patterns? Cause I would LOOOVE to get on that list ;)

    Just sayin...

    (p.s. I LOVE the new patterns!!!! You are so creative!!)


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