So, you want to take up embroidery, and you need to know how to transfer a pattern? I knew I liked you.
There are two different ways that most people transfer patterns to their fabric: carbon paper and transfer pens. I prefer the latter, so that is what I am going to show ya.
Super simple, y’all.
Embroidery: How to Transfer a Pattern
1. Decide what you want to stitch. It can be a picture from the Internet, a pattern that you paid for, or in this case, I sketched up a bunch of succulents because I have a thing for them. If you’re not a skilled artist, there are tons of free and cheap patterns all over the webs. Check out my Pinterest board for my faves.
2. Get out your transfer pen, and follow the directions on the back of it. Or you can keep reading here. Keep reading here, okay?
3. Trace your picture. Be footloose and fancy free. Trace the parts you like, and leave out the parts you don’t. I won’t tell.
4. When you’re all done tracing…
5. Get out the iron.
6. Iron your pattern on to your fabric. Remember, whatever you traced will be transferred backwards. It’s common sense that I often overlook…
7. Mission accomplished! Hoop it up! If you look closely, you’ll notice my pattern looks a little fuzzy. It’s because I was keeping a baby away from the hot and tempting iron while trying to transfer this one. No biggie. But, just know that you need to keep a steady hand unless you want it to look a little wonky (then, by all means).
You’re right. I didn’t need that many numbers, but that is how many pictures I had, and I am very thorough like that. Oh, and before I forget, you can also purchase patterns that have done all of the work for you. You buy them with the ink all in place, and then simply iron them on your fabric. Sometimes it’s nice when someone does the work for you, ya know?
If you’re a total noob, and you want someone to spell it all out for you, check out my vlog: Getting Started with Hand Embroidery.