April 2, 2012


All of my embroidery patterns need to be traced onto fabric before they can be stitched.  I know this is a turn-off for some folks, but I have found a quick and easy way to make tracing less of a chore.  I do have to admit though that I LOVED to trace pictures when I was a kid and I still find it to be a nice thoughtless process.  What you will need - 
8 1/2" x 11" freezer paper sheets.  
An inkjet printer. Do not use a laser printer! 
An iron, a lightbox or window and a tracing tool.  Recently I started using the Pilot FriXion Pen which disappears with the heat of an iron.  The only warning I have about this pen is that you do not want to use it on dark fabrics because it may bleach the fabric.  On light fabrics it works great. 
Click HERE to download and print the directions.

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Robyn of Robyns Nest said...

This is the best method, since you first had it on your blog page, it's all I've used :- )

Grandma Rita said...

How do you get the pattern in reverse? I love the concept especially ironing the freezer paper to the fabric before tracing. Is reversing something I can do with a scanner or do I have to turn the pattern over and trace it onto the freezer paper first before tracing it again on the fabric? I currently do not have a scanner to make copies.

Carrie P. said...

thanks for sharing that idea.

Anonymous said...

Great tip - I bet lots of ideas will start popping in my head to use it!