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Create your own Custom Fabrics the easy way!

Transferring a printed image onto fabric is an easy and excellent way to go about creating your own custom fabrics, and there are a number of ways you can transfer images onto fabric.


Being able to transfer a printed image onto fabric is an inexpensive and easy way to go about designing and creating your own custom fabrics using any design you like. In this particular feature, lemons is the inspiration for the design and it looks wonderful when printed onto table linens and fabrics.







There are a number of ways you can transfer images onto fabric. In this project they use iron-on transfer paper, which can be bought online from a variety of local suppliers. Simply open your Google - or other- browse and enter 'buy transfer paper' to see where you can purchase this. We found a selection of different transfer papers on this South African site.

If you are not able to source iron-on transfer paper for any reason, there is another method for transferring images onto fabric using ModPodge or clear acrylic sealer. I have included the link to the video here.

This method for transferring images - lemons - into white cotton fabric is a great way to create custom table linens such as tablecloths, napkins and serviettes, or even tea towels. Keep in mind that while the image transfers easily and is semi-permanent, these items should be hand washed with care for the image to remain imprinted on the fabric.








Iron-On Transfer paper (or ModPodge as mentioned above as an alternative method)

Choice of design for your custom fabrics

PC colour printer










1. Print out your choice of design onto the transfer paper. You should print this at the best high quality that your printer offers. This will ensure that there is enough ink in the image to transfer successfully onto the fabric. If you are not sure, do a test run on a piece of scrap fabric.

2. Cut out the individual shapes of the design you want to transfer. This method works best for small images and not for large detailed images. Once cut out, place these face down onto the fabric.

3. Heat up your iron on a 'cotton' setting and then gently iron over the placed designs. Make sure there are no trapped air bubbles or wrinkles. Let the designs cool for a bit and then gently peel off.

Once you have added sufficient quantity of iron-on designs onto the fabric, you can then add your own embellishments to finish off the piece. This can be a tassel trim, small pompoms along the edges, or even lace or ribbon.



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