9 Ways to Write on Fabric
Fun techniques for adding text to projects
There are a surprising number of ways to write on fabric. Some techniques are straightforward, while others require several materials and more time. The method you choose is a matter of personal preference and will generally be based on the result you're trying to achieve. Below, I'll describe nine ways to write on fabric so you can decide which technique(s) works best for you.
1. Heat Transfer Paper
This is a quick and easy way to iron a printed image directly onto fabric. To achieve this effect, you'll typically need to print the design's mirror image onto heat transfer paper with an inkjet printer. However, you'll need to refer to the manufacturer's instructions for your specific paper. (In this example, we used Silhouette's printable heat transfer material for light fabrics.) Next, cut around the object(s) as close to the ink as possible. Then, press down on the image with a hot iron before peeling off the backing.
|It helps to practice this technique at least once before transferring the actual design to the fabric.|
2. Iron-On Appliqué Letters
It doesn't get much easier than ironing a precut appliqué letter onto fabric. Simply place the appliqué right side up on the fabric's right side in the desired location. Cover the appliqué with a press cloth and press the letter with a hot, dry iron. Note that directions for this technique vary, so be sure to refer to the manufacturer's instructions for your specific appliqué.
The letter shown is one of Simplicity's iron-on embroidery letters.
3. PreCut Iron-On Letters
This process is similar to option 2 and requires you to read the manufacturer's instructions thoroughly before beginning. To apply a Dritz iron-on letter, as shown below, set a dry iron to its cotton setting. Place the letter, adhesive side down, on the fabric in the desired location. Cover the letter with a press cloth, and press on the letter for 15 to 20 seconds. Finally, remove the sheet while it's still hot.
|You'll be amazed at how quickly this process works.|
This option is more time-consuming than the last, but it's much more interesting and fun to create. To begin, select a button size and shape that works best for your project. Use an embroidery hoop to hold the fabric taut. Then, plan out the orientation. Double-thread a hand-sewing needle and begin sewing the design, one button at a time.
Before you begin sewing, consider lightly sketching the design on the fabric's right side with a pencil or water-soluble marker to keep the buttons properly aligned at all times.
Writing with sequins is a great way to add sparkle to what could have been a bland project. Begin by selecting a sequin size and shape that works best for your project. Next, use an embroidery hoop to hold the fabric taut. Now, it's time to plan how you'd like to orient the sequins. If desired, lightly draw the design on the fabric's right side with a pencil or water-soluble marker. Finally, double-thread a hand-sewing needle and begin sewing the design, one sequin at a time.
Sequin letters are eye-catching and easily secured with two stitches per sequin.
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