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Tips for Using Photo Transfer Medium on Fabric

Photo transfer medium is cool. I feel like there are a ton of possibilities with the stuff that I haven’t even thought of yet. While I was making my vintage style galvanized buckets, I was also working on another project. I wanted to see if photo transfer medium would work of fabric. Today I’m sharing the results of that experiment and some tips for using photo transfer medium on fabric.

Get tips for using photo transfer medium on fabric. Make your own cute vintage style feedsack pillow or printable!

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Tips for Using Photo Transfer Medium on Fabric

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Supplies

  1. Print your image out with a laser printer. If you’re using an image with words, make sure that you print a mirror image.Get tips for using photo transfer medium on fabric. Make your own cute vintage style feedsack pillow or printable!
  2. Trim around the image. You want to remove as much white paper as possible.
  3. Protect your work space. I taped a piece of freezer paper to my desk where I would be working to prevent the fabric from adhering to the desk. If your fabric is double something like a shirt or pillow cover, apply a piece of freezer paint between the layers of fabric.Get tips for using photo transfer medium on fabric. Make your own cute vintage style feedsack pillow or printable!
  4. Apply a generous coat of the photo transfer medium to the front of the image.Get tips for using photo transfer medium on fabric. Make your own cute vintage style feedsack pillow or printable!
  5. Apply a generous coat to the fabric. Fabric is absorbent, so be extra generous.Get tips for using photo transfer medium on fabric. Make your own cute vintage style feedsack pillow or printable!
  6. Place the image on the fabric. Rub the image to adhere it. If extra glue seeps out, wipe it off with a damp wash cloth. I rubbed the whole image with the damp wash cloth to make sure that it was on nice and good.Get tips for using photo transfer medium on fabric. Make your own cute vintage style feedsack pillow or printable!
  7. Let it dry for 8 hours.
  8. Use a wet washcloth to soak the image paper.Get tips for using photo transfer medium on fabric. Make your own cute vintage style feedsack pillow or printable!
  9. Start rubbing the paper off. A circular motion works well. Add more water if necessary. Rub until as much of the paper is gone as possible. Get tips for using photo transfer medium on fabric. Make your own cute vintage style feedsack pillow or printable!
  10. Let it dry and use your fingers to gently rub any extra paper away.Get tips for using photo transfer medium on fabric. Make your own cute vintage style feedsack pillow or printable!

The results?

Get tips for using photo transfer medium on fabric. Make your own cute vintage style feedsack pillow or printable!

The image transferred, but it’s stiffer than I thought it would be. All of the “white areas” are stiff with glue.

I washed the fabric to see if it would soften it up, but no luck. It aged the image a bit, which I like. If perfection is your thing, this probably isn’t for you. But for a seasonal, decorative pillow cover, photo transfer medium on fabric is a fun option.Get tips for using photo transfer medium on fabric. Make your own cute vintage style feedsack pillow or printable!

 

Want to see what happens when you don’t use enough photo transfer medium? The paper peeled away and left no image transfer. I had to start all over. Get tips for using photo transfer medium on fabric. Make your own cute vintage style feedsack pillow or printable!

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Get tips for using photo transfer medium on fabric. Make your own cute vintage style feedsack pillow or printable!



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