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Monday, 26 March 2012

I love kitsch (some more fabric printing)

Remember the picture I printed on fabric?

Well, the next day wonderful Esther brought me some transfer paper!
I have been circling these precious things, thinking back and forth, no idea being quite good enough for them.

Until I realized that this is exactly the same approach as having all these special occasion things
(from clothes over toiletries, to cutlery and lovely candles) that never get used.
What a waste!

So to make my point I produced some very kitschy pillows.

Just between us, I have a real affinity for kitsch. Deer with big eyes, fabric flowers on string lanterns, painted
enamel plates and cross-stitch anything.

If you don't like that kind of stuff rather stop reading now and come back tomorrow.

For everybody else, here is a kitsch pillow DIY:

You will need:

transfer foil (yeah!)
cotton fabric
suitable picture to print on fabric

I started of by producing some pics in photoshop:

Then I did a test print in b/w, swapping the pic around so the writing is in mirror image:

The test print looked fine so I put the transfer foil in, set the printing paper option to 'transfer foil' and started printing.
My printer is unfortunately very clever and reversed the writing again.
So if you have a clever printer do your test print with the paper option set to 'transfer foil' and see what happens.

Then cut the printed area out, select your piece of cotton to put the picture on and put a towel on a hard surface:

This is the back of my transfer foil. Set your iron to the highest setting and don't use the steam function. Let it heat up for at least 5 minutes, then press it down firmly on the foil:

Once all the green spots have turned to orange you are done:

Pull the transfer paper off and place the piece of cotton on your pillow:

My sewing machine is still broken, so I glued the cotton on with fabric glue and then used some yarn to sew it on securely:


 And now I have to order more transfer paper...

Have a great start to the week, and use all your good stuff, you are so worth it! :-)

Lots of love,


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  1. I love your cute little pillows!! Good thing you used the transfer sheets!
    BTW, We loved the Canelloni. Fortunately I don't have to hide vegs, Bob had a crush on Popeye and he really does believe spinach will grow your biceps instantly :-)
    Lots of love

  2. Adorable pillows...I'm back to follow your lovely blog...can't wait to see what you are up to next :) Chat soon, Laurel

  3. Awesome!! Me 2 love kitschy things . I love the one with the cute birdy! So sweet! This is definitely in my MUST make list!! Have a nice day , dear Jutta! HUGS to you & your cute princess! :)

    1. thank you so much dear Kit :-) :-) :-)
      big hug back to you!

  4. Hello Jutta,
    Love your pillows, they are Super Cute :o). I have always wanted to print on canvas or fabric but have not found the time yet due to all of my other projects. Thanks for sharing this information.
    Smiles, Paula

  5. That cute little stitching technique worked really well with the printed transfer. Love it!

    I would love for you to follow my blog too so that we can share ideas!

    Your newest follower,
    Val @

  6. Sweet pillows, Jutta. Love the Leonard Cohen lyrics. He's one of my faces! Thanks for following--I'm following back.

  7. Jutta,
    Your kitsch art is fantastic. The pillows remind me of sentiment, cheerfulness, and warmth all at once. Your family is so blessed that home is where your heart is. Thank you for sharing these.

  8. Home is where the heart is pillow is adorable. I love this idea. So cute!


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