A few years ago, I made some pillows for my porch using drop cloth fabric and iron on transfer paper. This post still gets a ton of hits and questions.
Well, if I was going to do it all again, I wouldn’t use iron-on paper to transfer images. Iron-ons work fine, but they leave a line of residue which is visible on your pillow and doesn’t look as nice. So here is a compilation of some of the best tutorials on how to transfer images to fabric without using iron on paper! Note: Most of these tutorials require a laser, NOT ink-jet, printer. If you don’t have a laser printer, print your pictures off on a copy machine before you begin.
1. Mademoiselle Chaos This tutorial show you how to transfer a black & white picture onto fabric using a laser printer and paint thinner.
2. How About Orange provides an excellent tutorial on how to transfer an image to fabric using a laser printer and gel medium.
3. Villabarnes If you don’t want to buy an entire bottle of paint thinner or gel medium, here is a great tutorial for you! Transfer an image using a “Splendid Blender” pen which is a colorless blending marker that can be found for a few dollars in the artist supply section of most craft stores. Click on the link of picture for further details.
4. Ninzerbean via Instructables Not crazy about using harsh solvents? Then try this tutorial using Citra Solve to transfer images. Citra Solve is still a solvent, but it is used for cleaning (when not in use as an image transferring agent).
5. Home Frosting If you don’t have a laser printer, here is an idea for you! This tutorial will show you how to transfer an image from your inkjet printer, onto freezer paper, and then onto fabric. It’s like magic!
6. Melange Team. Here is another ink jet printer option. Cover your fabric with mod podge, print an image on to photo paper, and press the image face down into the mod podge to transfer the image.
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7. The Country Chic Cottage You can run your fabric right through your inkjet printer to transfer your image! Just use a temporary adhesive and attach the fabric to cardstock and print.
I haven’t tried any of these methods yet so feel free to add your own experience in the comments! Happy image transferring!