How to Use Carbon Paper to Transfer Embroidery PatternsJune 25, 2022
The short beginners' tutorial video below will show you how to use white or yellow carbon paper to transfer a pattern from paper on to a dark coloured fabric. You can also use the same method for lighter coloured fabric, but you need to use blue/red carbon paper so that your pattern shows up clearly on the fabric. The colour of the carbon paper is the colour your pattern will be on the fabric.
Instructions (given in video):
- Find a hard, flat surface - then take your fabric, a ballpoint pen, your stencil, and a sheet of carbon paper. Lay the fabric down, and make sure it's flat.
- Carbon paper has two different sides - one side feels more like paper; and the other has a waxy or chalky coating (on coloured carbon paper, the colourful side is the waxy side). Place the carbon paper on your fabric, waxy side down.
- Take your design/stencil, and place it over the carbon paper - make sure the design fits within the size of the carbon paper.
- With your pen, firmly draw over your stencil. Be careful not to move the fabric or paper while you're tracing - or the design will be jumbled and imprint in different places!
- Check that you've traced over each piece of the stencil - then lift off the paper. Transfer done!
- Take your inner hoop, and lay your fabric over the top. Re-position the outer hoop; screw it tight; make sure the fabric is taut; and trim the corners (if you want!). You're ready to get stitching!
After you've finished stitching, provided you've stitched directly through the transferred pattern, you shouldn't be able to see your transferred pattern. But if you do see any of it, you can easily clean it off - just take a cotton bud, slightly dampen it and rub the pattern off!
If you've got any questions, add them below and I'll get back to you as soon as I can!