Adding a Granddaughter’s Drawing to a Pillow – Another Inspiration for a 2016 Project

All thoughts, ideas, comments are welcome.

Has anyone had any experience transferring a drawing to fabric?

Here is a picture of me drawn by my 5 year old darling granddaughter Allegra.

Text on the drawing.. All sounded out and written by a 5 year old.. no help from a grownup.

Allegra For You Gramu Cibi (Grandma Cindy)

The pitshr (picture) is you standin (standing).




7 responses to “Adding a Granddaughter’s Drawing to a Pillow – Another Inspiration for a 2016 Project

  1. I have made many hand embroidered replicas of my grandchildren’s art work. In fact, I’ve made eight (so far) twin sized quilts with their own art work for each of the oldest eight grandkids. There is a red lead pencil called a “heat transfer Pencil” and it makes the process really easy. First I make a copy of the art work. Then, turn the copy upside down and trace using the heat transfer pencil. Finally, using white fabric for the block, turn the paper copy upside down on the white fabric. Using a hot iron on top of the paper, iron the paper/fabric combination until the red pencil markings transfer to the fabric. When all is transfered the way you want, you’re ready to hand embroider and/or applique the art work on the fabric. When the embroidery/applique is finished, toss the block into the washer and dryer. The red pencil markings wash right out and the block is ready to use in a quilt or pillow case. It’s an easy process and very effectivef! All my grandkids love their own art work quilts. There are only two more to go and then each of my ten will have their own quilts.

  2. I had found a place that would do the transfer into an embroider file. I then stitched it out onto fabric. I still need to make it into a pillow or something. LOL

  3. I have scanned in pictures and used the fabric paper to run through my ink jet printer then used the fabric in quilting. I have also used the transfers in the same way but ironed the picture on to a t-shirt. Just remember to follow directions on the pkg so the pic comes out in the right direction.

  4. What about scanning it into your computer and then printing it onto fabric with an inkjet printer. That would retain all the little nuances of your granddaughter’ s work.

  5. I would prep fabrics with fusible then: make a black and white copy of the artwork and trace the reverse shapes of the image onto the backs of my fabrics with transfer paper between. You can trace the entire image onto a foundation fabric for placement of your individual pieces before fusing. You might take a look at Pictorial Art Quilts by Leni Levenson Wiener and Refrigerator Art Quilts: Preserving Your Child’s Art in Fabric by Jennifer Paulson. I’m looking forward to seeing Allegra’s sweet drawing interpreted into a fabric piece!

  6. I did this when my children were little, many moons ago. I traced the drawing onto fabric and hand embroidered the design. Today I might think about using fabric markers or tracing the design with a pigma pen and then coloring in with pencils and fabric medium, or crayons, or you name it. I still have the embroidered design. They loved it.

  7. I copied a drawing done by my sweet great niece onto a piece of fabric and then incorporated into a pillow. It turned out really nice and she really likes it.

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