Along with my transfers, I picked up some flour sack towels. I already had the embroidery floss and hoop, so I was all set.
Colonial Patterns says there are more than 250 printed pattern packets, including angels, animals, birds, butterflies, cars, animated dishes, flowers, fruit, holidays, kitchen, monograms, nursery, religious, Southwest themes, vegetables and more.
I started with the image above and a flour sack towel, also by Aunt Martha’s.
Per the directions written on the back of the packet, I first cut out the image I wanted to transfer onto my towel. I ironed the towel first because the directions say hot fabric stamps more quickly.
At first, I opted not to pin my image down. I was too lazy to find pins. Big mistake. As you can see from the transfer below, my paper slipped. No, you’re not drunk, you are seeing double.
So then I decided to find those pins, and pinned my image to my towel. I moved my iron back and forth slowly, for five seconds.
I lifted up a corner to check the image, and went over sections that hadn’t transferred completely. The whole transfer process took less than 15 seconds. On my second attempt, the image was very crisp and visible.
Next, I busted out my embroidery hoop and some floss, and got to stitching. I had totally forgotten how fun and soothing stitching can be.
I wanted to try something else with the transfers besides stitching. I still have some Roc-Lon Multi-Purpose Cloth left (read that review here), so I cut out some squares and painted them a neutral color. After the paint dried, I ironed on my images.
The image was just as crisp and clear on the Roc-Lon as it was on the flour sack towel. At first, I thought about painting, but I couldn’t find the right colors in my stash. Instead, I used my Koh-I-Noor pencils (read that review here) to color in my images.
After coloring, I outlined the images with the black pencil. I love the rustic, almost watercolor look of the final images. I attached three panels together with some jute, tied on some burlap strips for a quick banner for my dining room.
I had fun with this quaint, old-school craft, which also happens to be very affordable. The Hot Iron Transfers are available at major craft stores for less than $2 per packet. The flour sack towels are inexpensive as well; I found individual towels for about $1.50 each.
- Lots of images available to suit every taste, from cutesy to vintage.
- Super affordable at less than $2 per packet.
- Very versatile, can be used for many different projects.
- Image can slip during transfer if you don’t secure it in some way.
- That’s all I got!
Have you tried Aunt Martha’s Hot Iron Transfers? How do you like to use them?