Monday, May 28

How to Transfer a Photo to Fabric

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Someone dear to me lost her mother recently.
I wanted to give her a sentimental gift to honor her mom's memory.
I've always wanted to try 
transferring a photo to fabric
& this was the perfect occasion.

First Method:
 I tried this method from the blog A Beautiful Mess.
The photo is printed out on a computer &
coated with Liquitex super heavy gel medium
{purchased from Hobby Lobby}.
The photo is then placed face down on the fabric &
allowed to dry. After drying, the photo is spritzed with water
& the back layer of the paper is scratched off.
Elsie demonstrated this on a magazine photo & it looks great.
My paper was thicker & I did not like the results . . .
so, on to the . . . 

Second Method
Next,  I tried this method from the Pocket Full of Whimsey blog.
{I just love her beautiful pillow!}
Freezer paper is ironed onto a thin piece of fabric,
then the fabric-on-freezer-paper is run through a computer printer.
I liked this method much better.
My Epson printer was not as cooperative as I would like, though.
Even after cleaning the printer heads, 
I got some pretty unacceptable lines in the image . . . 
I'll try this again on another project though.
The third time's a charm so . . . 

Third Method
I remembered Christina at I Gotta Create making some
fun aprons  with photo transfer paper.
I wasn't able to find the same brand she uses, but Michael's did have . . .
I like that this is an iron-on product.
I just printed the image {on my friend's printer this time}
& it turned out great. Here it is in the center of the other two:
I ironed it on some fabric & made a pillow.
{If my high school sewing teacher is reading,
yes - I did try to line up my checks!}
I love the rick-rac - it gives it a fun retro vibe.
Here's the back . . .
I hope it will serve as a loving memorial 
of a beautiful mother.

5 comments:

  1. That turned out sooo cute. I bet the recepient loved it. The rick rack was a great touch.

    I am so glad you found me again. I was following your blog for a long time....then kind quit, as a rule of thumb, if I keep checking on someones blog and I never hear from them, I "kinda remove them".

    I have many friends and bloggers in Utah area. They are very dear to me. So...........let's pick up where we left off eh.
    I lived in West Jordan for 28 years.

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  2. what a sweet idea!
    thanks for showing all the methods you used as well...sometimes seeing what doesn't work is as beneficial as seeing what does!

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  3. A lovely memorial. I'm sure she'll hold that pillow very near and dear.

    ... thanks for sharing at our Great Outdoors link party!

    :)

    Linda

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  4. What a thoughtful, thoughtful gift! Thank you so much for sharing at our party!
    Karah

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  5. The pillow turned out beautifully, Michelle! What a loving tribute and you definitely went the extra mile to find the best method! I made a keepsake for my grandmother and the printable fabric sheets were definitely the best way to go! Thanks so much for the mention, too! <3 <3
    <3 Christina

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