Working with anything fabric is out of my comfort zone. I can't sew and even fabric projects that don't require sewing intimidate me.
Unlike my chairs, this project is quick, simple, and took me less than a year. Originally this project was a guest post for Fox Hollow Cottage.
I was trying to look all crafty and impress Shannon's readers. Hopefully no one passes out because I actually did a tutorial.
20 years ago I bought some heavy golden brass twig handled flatware when my dining room was rustic with pine cones everywhere.
The flatware came wrapped in some muslin napkins that look pretty much just like the drop cloth I used for the chair redo so I decided the napkins needed a redo to match my chairs.
Lately I've been experimenting with transfer methods that I find tutorials for. Some have not worked so well, like a photo transfer I tried last month on a gift dresser for my daughter, and some, like the dining room chairs have worked excellent.
I should probably stick to what works for me huh?
Here is a shot of the dining room chair backs.....
First you need to select a design and print it out on a photocopier - the kind that has a toner cartridge not ink jet - ink jet printers will not work for this method.
I used my husband's fax machine, which has a toner cartridge, for the napkins, and for the chair backs a friend used a toner based printer and it took more than one paper per design since the chair backs are larger. The napkins took one piece of 8x11 paper.
I already had the design from my chairs, so I just re-sized it smaller. If your design has lettering on it, remember to do a mirror reverse image so it transfers with the letters facing the right way.
Iron your fabric to get the wrinkles out before you start. Drop cloth is sort of naturally bunchy, a bit like a seersucker fabric, it won't iron out like linen - wrinkle free.
Seersucker is a funny word to type.
Bunchy is a real word, which surprised me.
|You can't see my design but it's there on the other side of that paper|
*Citrasolv and a small cup to put a small amount in - a little goes a long way.
Tape measure to make sure design is centered where you want it.
A clean brush to apply the citrasolv.
Remember to put something under your fabric, the surface needs to be firm. I have a thin piece of wood under mine.
And you need a soup spoon for burnishing the design after you brush the solvent on.
Press hard with the spoon, rubbing it around and around over the design. Do it harder than you think you need too and hold or tape the paper in place.
This is a test picture of the transfer onto a chair back piece of dropcloth....
For my design it was ok to not look perfect - I wanted a worn sort of flour sack look.
Iron it to set the image.
Each napkin and chair-back in the dining room has a ROOM# with a blank next to it. I have six kids, and coincidentally six craigslist chairs and muslin napkins, so I stamped the room number on each chair and napkin with one of my kids birthdays.
But because I wasn't paying attention, I got this one wrong. Yes really - bad mom moment. I do have a New Years Day baby, but she wasn't born in '82. Oh well huh? Only her, me and all of you will ever know.
I really like how the napkins turned out, and this craft cost me a big fat Z-E-R-O because I already had everything. I'm trying to use up what I have around the house this year.
And now that I know my husbands fax machine works for stuff like this, well, I guess I better check the toner level!
*Citra Solv is a natural cleaner but it is still a solvent. Read all package directions. I do not want to be responsible if you wreck something or go unconscious from breathing the fumes.
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