Things You'll Need
- Carbon paper OR
- Tracing paper
- Tracing pen
- Iron OR
- Tissue paper
- Needle and brightly colored thread OR
- Poster board
Transferring designs onto felt fabric can be accomplished effortlessly. Felt is too dense for tracing the design onto, but there are several other methods for transferring designs you can use. Use your own original designs, or download designs from the Internet for needlework or appliqué projects. You can use items you have around the house or buy supplies from an arts and craft store. Many haberdasheries will also carry the supplies required for design transfer.
Place a piece of dressmaker's carbon paper on your felt fabric, carbon side down. Lay your design over the carbon paper and trace around it with a pen or a tracing wheel. The image will be transferred to the fabric.
Set tracing paper on your design. Trace over it with a tracing pen. Place the tracing paper on the fabric with the drawing side touching the fabric. Iron lightly with an iron on its lowest setting. Do not steam. The image will be transferred from the paper to the fabric. Remember to mirror your image.
Draw the design on thin tissue paper. Lay the paper on the fabric and pin in place. Sew along the lines with a brightly colored thread. Tear away the tissue paper.
Draw your design onto a piece of poster board. Cut it out with the scissors. Use the poster board shape as a template to cut shapes from the felt fabric. This only works for rudimentary shapes.
Pin your fabric in place so that it doesn't move while you are transferring the image.
Nicole Fotheringham has been a writer since 1997. She was born in South Africa and began as a reporter for the "Natal Mercury" and "Cape Argus" newspapers. Fotheringham has a master's degree in English literature from the University of KwaZulu-Natal.