How to transfer on fabric in less than 5 minutes

Hi, my sweet friends!

I’ve been receiving questions about transfer into fabric since I posted my romantic pillow or lavender sachets and I thought that a picture is worth a thousand words, so I decided to make a little tutorial to show you how to do it, and maybe you decide to give it a try!

First a little explanation of the process.

1. We need acrylic spray varnish

How to transfer on fabric in less than 5 minutes

2. Print the design you want mirrored, this is very important because if not it will be upside down. You need a laser printer, or you can take the file to a copy shop to print it for you.

How to transfer on fabric in less than 5 minutes

3. Spray the design with varnish, at a distance of about 20 cm. This is to not saturate the paper but to have enough varnish for the ink to “get up”

How to transfer on fabric in less than 5 minutes

4. You will know that you’ve done it right when you turn over the sheet and you are able to see the image.

How to transfer on fabric in less than 5 minutes

5. Press with the back of a spoon when still wet to help ink transfer well. Here Miss A was helping me 😉

How to transfer on fabric in less than 5 minutes

6. Remove the sheet and you’re done!!How to transfer on fabric in less than 5 minutes

Now I recommend you to iron the fabric as the heat helps to fix the ink.

How to transfer on fabric in less than 5 minutes

I hope you find this tutorial useful and decide to try it… Remember, I would love to see what you’ve done! If you want to see more projects and tutorials, you can see them galleryon this gallery.

Happy Friday!




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    • Pili says:

      Hi Sandy. You can do two things to prevent fading: 1. Iron the fabric 2. Soak the fabric in vinegar. Then you can wash it normally, although I prefer to hand wash.

  1. Sandy says:

    Thank you so much Pili! I love this transfer method, since it seems so much easier than others and I have all the supplies already without having to go buy something special! I love your blog and I am a new follower. Keep up the great posts!

    • Pili says:

      Thank you so much, Sandy!! I love being able to be of any help to others, as all I’ve learned has been through other bloggers. Glad to have you here, I hope to hear again from you soon, I love the feedback!

  2. Christina in FL says:

    Hello Pili, so glad to find you through HomeTalk. 🙂 Love this tutorial and am now a subscriber. My plan is to pick up some acrylic spray varnish today and also to try this method on a painted tray.

    • Pili says:

      Hi Christina! Glad you will be following my crazy adventures… I’ve tried this on painted wood and it doesn’t work as good as it does on fabric. In raw wood it works perfectly however. Please let me know how it came out!

    • Pili says:

      Hi Patti! I just saw your question at Hometalk. Yes, you need to press while the spray varnish is still wet.

    • Pili says:

      Hi Minh! I’m really happy I can inspire you to do something similar. And yes, it’s plain white paper.
      Thanks for stopping by!

    • Pili says:

      You’ll see Wendi it’s so easy! Once you start will think of tons of things to do with it.
      Thanks for visiting!

    • Pili says:

      Hi, Meredith! Many thanks, really glad you find it useful! You’ll be able to do lots of projects.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. sue says:

    Oh Pili you always make everything look so easy!!! Thanks for sharing this with us at #AnythingGoes. Have a great day!

    • Pili says:

      Glad you find it useful! I lost your first party, but will be there next week for sure!
      Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Debbie says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this. I was indeed in love with your other posts. I’ll give it a try one of these.
    Thanks for joining #tiptuesday.

    • Pili says:

      Hi, Abby! It’s so fun and fast you won’t be able to stop thinking about future projects.
      Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Nellie says:

    Wow, that does look easy, unfortunately I have an
    ink jet printer. poo! Glad you said that tho or I might
    have tried it and wondered why it didn’t work. lol
    Thanks for sharing this with us.
    Blessings, Nellie

  6. Ashley says:

    This is so neat! I’ve seen many different ways to transfer onto fabric but never with acrylic spray varnish! Thanks for sharing with us at the Merry Monday link party. I hope you’ll join us again next week. Sharing your post on Twitter!

    • Pili says:

      Hi, Ashley! Glad you stopped by, I love your blog and what you do! This is the easiest way to transfer onto fabric I’ve found. See you next week!

  7. Nikki Frank-Hamilton says:

    Yeah!!! Thank you so much for the tutorial, now I know how to do it! Does natural fabric work better than poly fabric? Cotton? LOL I ask too many questions don’t I! Thanks so much for doing this.

    • Pili says:

      Yes Nikki, I was thinking on you when I was doing it, now you can see it’s really easy! Cotton works great, as well as any fabric which fibers are “tight”.

  8. Theresa @ Shoestring Elegance says:

    Hi Pili! Happy Friday! I love your wonderful Tutorial here! Pinned and saved! I can’t wait to try your method out! Certainly, easier than then way I was doing it! Thank you so much for sharing with us at The What to do Weekends Party!
    Hugs to you for a wonderful weekend!

    • Pili says:

      Hi Theresa, so glad to see you again! Once you try it you’ll see how fast and fun it is.
      Have a nice week and see you at the party!

  9. Em says:

    Hello, Pili!

    I found your tutorial via Mimi’s generous linky hosting!

    This is a really neat idea…I may try it on some pillows I am making for my daughters!

    Thank you for sharing!

    • Pili says:

      Mimi’s so sweet and kind… I’m really glad you find this useful, and you’ll see when you do it for the first time you won’t be able to stop making things with it. I would love to see those pillows!
      Thanks for stopping by!

    • Pili says:

      Julie, it’s really simple. Once you try you won’t be able to stop doing projects with it
      Thanks for stopping by!

  10. Lou Lou Girls says:

    This looks absolutely amazing! Pinned and tweeted. You always bring the most amazing creations to our party. Thank you! I hope to see you again, this Monday at 7 pm. It wouldn’t be a party without you! Lou Lou Girls

    • Pili says:

      Yes, Indah, so simple it’s amazing the result can be so great! Would love to see yours if you try it!

  11. Heather says:

    I can’t wait to try this! Now to find a laser printer…..

    Thanks for sharing with the #GoodFriendsFriday linky party. Our latest post is now up, and I look forward to what you’ll share next!

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    • Pili says:

      If we don’t try we don’t know. I think it’s better to try and not succeed than to never try and regret it… I would love to see what you do!
      I really appreciate you stopping by 🙂

  14. Jessica says:

    I love how easy this is, and the possibilities are endless with what you could make using this technique. I was also going to ask about washing the fabric, too, but I see the answer.

    • Pili says:

      You’re right, Jessica, the possibilities are endless!! Glad you found the answer for the washing question.
      Thanks for visiting!

  15. Lynn says:

    Thanks so much for this tutorial! I’ve looked into it before but have never seen it done with Acrylic spray. I need to find some good images to transfer onto a pillow or something. Adding it to my list of ‘fun things to do’.

    • Pili says:

      Hi, Lynn!! I’m sure you will enjoy making things with it.
      If you need some images you can check my tab “Printables”, I have some there.
      Enjoy the week ahead and thank you for stopping by!

    • Pili says:

      Hi, Brenda. Yes, it is washable but I normally hand wash or run a gentle cycle. Just make sure to iron the fabric after you do the transfer to make the heat fix the image.

  16. Julie says:

    Great easy way to transfer print. Will it work with a small colored picture? Have you ever tried transferring on to tiles? Thanks for sharing!

  17. Michelle says:

    This is soooooo very cool Pili, ! I have to try it. I always struggle to transfer images to fabric and I never thought of using varnish. Thank you so much!!!

  18. Leanna says:

    I love this tutorial. What a time saver. I know exactly the Christmas projects I am going to do with this method. Thank you for posting it.

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