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How to transfer embroidery patterns - Tissue Paper method


Transferring embroidery designs - Tissue Paper Method

This is my preferred choice when transferring a design & is one I would recommend for use in most projects. This method ensures you don’t run the risk of design lines being visable once your work is finished.

How to transfer your embroidery designs onto fabric 

You will need - a hoop, the fabric you will be stitching onto, acid free tissue paper and a needle & thread. Try to make sure your thread is a contrasting colour to the work that will be stitched.


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Your first step is to put your fabric into your hoop. Then carefully trace the design onto your acid free tissue paper & pin it to the fabric in your hoop.


How to transfer an embroidery pattern

All of the lines which are on the tissue paper now need to be stitched onto the fabric. Start from the centre and work outwards, this ensures that ripples do not occur that distort your design. You can start with a knot on the top as this will be removed towards the end of your project. Stitches should only be 2-3mm long. Make sure that all of your lines are stitched.


Transfer embroidery pattern to fabric

The tissue paper should appear fairly flat once all of the lines have been stitched.

Paper transfer method for embroidery

Now it is time to remove the tissue paper. You will find it easier to release if you run your needle along the  lines to tear the tissue. Now carefully peel away the tissue leaving the lines sitting on the top of your fabric. If you find there are small sections of tissue that are stuck try to use a pair of tweezers - these will help grasp the little fragments.

Hand embroidery transfer methods

You should now have your design stitched upon your fabric. Remember these lines will need to be unpicked at the end of your project.

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For an alternative method check out this tutorial for using the prick and pounce method of transferring embroidery patterns to fabric.

How to do the prick and pounce method of embroidery transfer