Tutorial Time. Transfer an image to Fabric

Happy Wednesday everyone.  If you missed my post yesterday from Trashy Tuesday, I am sharing how I did the graphic transfer onto the drop cloth curtain I made.

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There are so many fantastic tutorials out there on transfers.  Today I am sharing the Citrasolve Transfer method.

This is a great method, if you want a clear, and PERMANENT transfer on fabric.  You can wash this, it won’t fade, it won’t smear, I love this method.  I wouldn’t try this on furniture though, because it is a solvent, it will probably eat your paint.  This is for FABRIC ONLY.

Here is what you need:

Fabric of choice. A tight weave fabric works best, I have near perfect results when I use drop cloth fabric.  I have done this on thin cotton for towels too, but it definitely comes up “faded” looking, which looks good too!

A pile of old newspapers to put under your fabric

Straight Pins

Chip Brush

Big Metal Spoon, or something to burnish with.  (This is what I use)

Bottle of Citrasolve.  I found this product at my local Aaron Brothers.  It can be hard to find, you can order it online at their website.

Graphic of choice.  Must be printed BY A LASER PRINTER.  For this reason, I email graphics I want printed to my local print shop.  (don’t forget to ask for “mirror image printing” if you are doing a transfer with words)

Start with your fabric on top of the pile of newspapers.  You need something firm underneath it, because you are really going to BURNISH this.   Lay your graphic face down on your fabric and pin it firmly into place.

Brush a small amount of Citrasolve onto the graphic.  A little goes a long way.  You just want to make sure the entire graphic has been moistened with Citrasolve.  Also, it is all natural, but has a very strong smell, I recommend doing this is a well ventilated area.

Starting at one end of the graphic (you can see it now, the Citrasolve will make your paper transparent), rub hard with the back of the spoon, making your way across the whole graphic.  I do this for a few minutes, and go over it a few times, just to make sure it has transferred evenly.

Undo the pins and lift up your graphic.  You should have a beautifully transferred graphic now.  The Citrasolve will dry clear and the smell fades.  You can wash it right away too, and the ink will not fade.  Here is my finished product, hanging on the rolling cart.

There are endless possibilities with this method.  I once did an entire dining set of chairs, with words my client had chosen that were meaningful to her family.  Look how great they turned out! You can read all about the entire Hutch and Table I did HERE.

 

Can’t wait to hear how this works out for you!  Let me know if you try it!  Or even better, link it up at my Link Party, every Thursday from 2:00 PST – Midnight on Sunday! For the html code if you want to link up, click HERE to go to my Buttons page.

 

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  1. says

    Hi Karen! I used this same method and used fonts from PicMonkey’s photo editor to transfer words onto a bench cushion I recently finished. They have some really fun fonts and best of all its a free website! I bet there are others online like it but they are my go-to. Love your blog! — Pauline

  2. says

    Can you suggest where to print? I tried Kinko’s, a local library, my own printer. Apparently none are laser. Help!! I want to print on fabric so bad. Got a list of project to do! Thanks, Linda

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