Dec 22, 2009

Project Idea: Iron-On Transfers for Pillow Cases

*I used iron-on transfer sheets to create these pillowcases from some artwork (salsapie image).

*Remember to trim the images down to size once you print them (salsapie image).

Have you ever wanted an easy idea to customize some fabric? I love these "Print 'n Press" transfer sheets for Ink Jet Printers. I've seen them used (and advertised on the package, actually) to transfer photographs onto T-shirts, etc. but I had the idea to transfer some artwork instead. Remember the bird silhouettes I made earlier in my Being Resourceful post?  Well, I decided to transfer those images onto some pillow cases and I was really pleased with the way they turned out. Urban Outfitters has some pillowcases that I love--they in part inspired this project. If I was a little more savvy with my printer, I would have enlarged them more. 
This is more of a solo project (although you could have your children create the artwork for your project ahead of time) since it requires a little patience and the use of your iron.

Maybe this will project will inspire you? 
Here's the How To:

Materials Needed:

1. Transfer Sheets for Ink Jet Printers. I used "Print 'n Press".
2. Artwork or Photographs to transfer
3. Ink Jet Printer
4. An Iron
5. Fabric of choice, white would be best, or some other color keeping in mind the transfer sheets are white.

I removed my bird silhouettes from their tiny frames and placed them on my ink-jet printer copier. I made copies directly onto the transfer sheets following the directions on the package. You could also print something (an image file) directly from your computer.
I then trimmed the images down to size being careful to make the area around each bird the same square size and shape (click my first image to enlarge so you can see how the transfer paper is visible around the edges).
Using an iron on the hottest dry setting( turn steam setting off) iron the paper image side down on the fabric remembering that your image will be transferred as a mirror image. Keep this in mind when selecting an image, especially if you plan on using text. 
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Unknown said...

That is so cute. I am really into silhouettes and black and white right now...and I love these. I have done T-shirts, bags, etc. but duh...never occurred to me to try pillowcases.

buhdoop said...

Cool idea! Your silhouettes are really pretty, I may need to try this. Happy holidays :)

Sewn With Grace said...

I just love this idea! You have convinced me to get an ink-jet printer and give this a try. I have a laser printer which does not work. What beautiful pictures and a beautiful room. Not only could we do some damage antiquing together, but we sure would have fun crafting too! Merry Christmas, Caroline!

sj said...

How adorable are those!

Blogs said...

Great idea:) Merry Christmas from sits:)

theUngourmet said...

Visiting from SITS. Love your blog! I want one of these pillows for my bed! :0)

Corrie Howe said...

Lovely, idea. Inexpensive and easy. It's a winner.

Holyoke Home said...

Oooh! I really really like this! Sweet little birdies.