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3 easy steps for transferring patterns

3 easy steps for transferring patterns
A visit to the library will offer you a bonanza of craft patterns
A visit to the library will offer you a bonanza of craft patterns

Craft books and online patters offer many ways to improve your skills with all the creative ideas and steps at your fingertips. The first step in learning how to create these beautiful results is learning how to transfer the patterns from the book, magazine, or website to paper.

Things you need for pattern transfer
Craft book with a pattern in it

  • Material (fabric or paper)
  • Transfer Paper
  • Transfer Pencil
  • Iron
  • Ironing Board
  • Scissors

Instructions for pattern transfer
1. While you work on a hard surface, you need to trace the entire design with the help of your transfer pencil. You should try to keep the pressure of your stroke even all the way around the design to ensure a good transfer because if it is too light you won’t be able to see the lines of the design when you begin the project. You are about to transfer a reverse image of the one you have just printed. If the design is reversible then nothing matters but if it is not then you need to trace the image with your transfer pencil onto the other side of paper and remember that the side you trace shall face down on the material to be ironed.

2. Next you have to lift the pattern from the material which is ready for the project and could be used again.

3. Now cut a square around your pattern and for this it is better to work with a small piece of paper when you want to transfer the pattern to material with an iron. You have to place the pattern face down on the piece of material you are using for your project and then hold the pattern in place tightly with one hand and iron firmly and consistently over the pattern with your medium heated iron. Next set the iron aside and hold all but one corner of the pattern in place tightly with one hand and you can lift the free corner to check if the design is showing up dark enough. If it is not still dark, iron consistently in your coverage of the pattern till you get satisfactory results.

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