Last week I had the fantastic news that after 19 years I am to be an aunty again. I marked the occasion by making some cute little keepsake gifts for the family. Following a great response from you all I decided to make you a little ‘how too’ tutorial.
I made a set of four, for the mother to be and grandparents but think they would also make amazing baby shower gifts or if you are a crafty expectant mum it could be a lovely way to reveal to everyone your great news.
1.First you will transfer your image on to the transfer paper. I took a photo of the baby scan with my IPad but you could also use your scanner. If you are taking a photo, make sure it is in focus. Once I had a photo I was happy with, I cropped some of the image out and lightened it in photo editing. ( the transfer paper gives you a mirror image of your photo. If you are a perfectionist you may want to flip it in editing, I didn’t bother on this occasion)
3.Position the cut out images face down on your fabric. As it was a special occasion I chose a beautiful flax colour linen to work on.
If you are making more than one hoop, be sure to leave adequate space between each image to fit in the hoops.
4.Following the instructions provided with your paper, iron on the image transfer.
I recommend only doing one at a time. While ironing I found it best to apply pressure and pay special attention to the edges. Once cooled a little slowly peel away the backing paper.
If it doesn't peel away leaving a nice crisp image behind it may not have had enough heat and require more ironing.
5.Now the image is on your fabric, place in your hoop.
6.It is now ready to add any stitched details you may require. I used an embroidery transfer pen to write on the scan date.
You could alternatively add a birth date or name.
Once written on I backstitched the letters and used running stitch around the edge to frame the photo.
7.As you can see, I added a tiny red heart over the baby just to add cuteness.
I am not entirely sure this added to the design but if you decide to stitch over the photo make sure you use a thin, sharp needle. Beware that the transfer is a very thin plastic that seemed to tear a little when punctured.
Trim around the edge of your work.
Line the inside of your hoop with double sided tape and fold the fabric in.
Fill the back of your hoop with wadding.
Glue a felt disk to the back and apply a weigh to secure whilst drying.