Transfer the pattern using a light source

There are several ways to transfer the pattern, and I'm sure that you already have or will find the one that suits you best. I prefer tracing using a light source for light fabrics and carbon transfer paper for darker.

For this design we are going to transfer the design directly onto the fabric using a light source such as a window (or you can use light box or computer screen as well), marking the lines with disappearing ink pen (heat-sensitive, I use Pilot Frixion pen).

First, iron your fabric. This is important because you really need a nice even surface to stitch on. Now, cut the fabric 12.5 x 12.5 (32 x 32 cm) inches for 8 inch (20 cm) hoop.

Separate the two pieces of the embroidery hoop. Then place the fabric in the hoop by temporarily placing your fabric in the embroidery hoop backwards. You will be tracing the pattern to the inside of the hooped fabric but that’s ok because we will switch it around later.

Transfer the pattern using a light source | HOW TO tutorial

Tape the pattern to the window and cover the pattern with the hooped fabric. You should be able to see the design clearly through the fabric and trace the lines with your marking pen.

Transfer the pattern using a light source | HOW TO tutorial


Trace the pattern, try to be precise as you can.

For the blush - draw the outline with pink colored pencil that you are going to use for blush.

After you trace your pattern, take the fabric out of the hoop. Put it back in but in the reverse direction. Your drawing should now be visible on the outside of the hoop, ready to embroider.
Pull the fabric to be as taut as possible and using your fingers, tighten the screw as much as you can.


Video tutorial: How to transfer the pattern using a light source

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