Oh my goodness. I mean it, oh my goodness. You all need to stop what you are doing right now and run over to City Market (or another natural food store) and buy yourselves some Citrasolv. It’s a natural household cleaner that has found new friends as an image transfer solution! Since I am making all my Christmas gifts this year (see previous Rope Basket Tutorial), I have been on the hunt for cheap, easy projects that look like I labored intensively over them. Here it is, people, here it is. I am unstoppable. I’ve been transferring images to pillows, shirts, dish towels, and onesies. I’m high on orangy fumes and there is nothing that is safe from my new found addiction.
Ok, enough of that nonsense, let me tell you how to do it.
Here is what you will need:
In all it’s glory:
Before you start, make sure you have a very firm work area under your fabric. It makes a huge difference in the completed transfer. I used an ironing board and added a thin cloth napkin on top so the Citrasolv wouldn’t soak the board cover.
Step 1: Lay the image face down on the fabric. Tape it in place so it will not shift. I found this to be an important step, I like to hinge mine so I can check it to make sure it transferred well.
Step 2: Use your brush or cotton ball with just a little citrasolv, and paint over the back of the image.
Step 3: Burnish with the back of the spoon. I experimented with this and it works best when you apply a good bit of pressure. The images are meant to have a faded, vintage look, but they will come out too light if you don’t apply enough pressure.
Step 4: Remove the paper and let dry for a few minutes. These hold up in the washer, I tested it, amazing.
Here are some of my completed projects.