Sunday, January 3, 2010

How to print on burlap

 

Some of you have asked how I printed the burlap on my last posting the Faux Framed French Burlap Feed Sack.  I used Wilton iron-on transfer sheets (for light fabrics) that I bought at Michaels Craft Store, although any brand of iron-on transfer should work just fine.

First I figured out what I wanted it to say and then went here to have it translated into the chosen language. I picked French because I think their words are so beautiful, but you can pick any language or leave it English. I used Photoshop to create the font and crown image. (Make sure your image is flipped or a mirror  image before printing just as you would if you were doing a transfer on a T-shirt, otherwise you words will be backwards!).

You will need to know how large the surface area you will be covering and from that determine your font size and images. The inside of my frame was 18 x24 inches, because the size of the frame was rather large I ended up using 3-4 transfer sheets in all.

Once you have all your sheets printed, cut out the words (not each letter) and arrange them onto the burlap making sure you have the correct spacing or alignment.

Start ironing the transfers, just make sure you heat it long enough so the image transfers completely, because burlap has tons of texture you will need to iron a little longer than you would if you were doing  a T-shirt.

This next step is important: don’t peel off any of the transfer paper  until you’re completely done ironing all of the words/images onto the burlap. Once you have them all ironed on (still with paper backing attached), go back over the entire project to re-warm the transfers. I discovered that if you pull the paper off  while it is still warm it doesn’t show the shininess you typically get with transfers. While it is still warm pull off the paper. If you pull off the paper when it is cool you will have shinny areas.

Once completely cooled, I lightly sprayed a matte varnish like Krylon Matte Finish spray over the entire burlap piece. What this does is mask any areas that might be showing a sheen or cut out line, it really does work.

Now you can attach it to your frame, depending on how your frame is made, you will either staple to the front or to back. The framed I used needed to be attached to the front so I used a hemp trim to cover the staples.

Ok there you have it, this was my first tutorial so I hope it was easy to understand. If you have any questions please let me know.

30 comments:

  1. Thank you, Trixie! To me, the key is to get transfer paper. I've seen some other projects and that's what they say also, so I guess I better just pick some up next time I'm at Michaels. I feel like I'm missing out on a lot of great projects without it!

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  2. Wow, thank you! That was fast and a great tutorial. I've never done anything with iron on transfer paper. Very good info.

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  3. Trixie,

    I asked too soon!

    Thanks for posting about how you did it.

    Will be anxious to read it all and try it

    blessings

    barbara jean

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  4. Iron on transfers! Ahhh. Thanks Trixie! I'll be looking for them.

    Donna

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  5. Thanks so much for the "How To". I love the look of burlap!
    Sincerely
    the Redneck Junkers

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  6. Trixie, you are a woman of your word! Thanks so much for a simply great tutorial that Hubs and I will be doing VERY soon. Appreciate your time and sharing your talents with all of us! Deborah & Hubs

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  7. Thank you thank you for sharing this idea! I want to make something and was not sure how people did that. You rock girlfriend! Would you mind if I linked to you and shared this idea with my readers? Dont you just love this blog world...sharing ideas with each other~

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  8. Fabulous! I appreciate the tips about rewarming the transfer and spraying with the Matte Finish to set the image. You can be sure I'm already working on some projects I can do next weekend! :-)

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  9. Thanks Trixie for telling how you did that! It was a great 1st tutorial!

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  10. you read my mind this morning. i was just thinking of how i could do this. and then i remembered your beautiful frame with burlap. thanks so much for this. have it in the plans to do soon - along with trying to paint on burlap. oh my. the things we try when we are DIY-ers.

    have a great day!

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  11. This is brilliant! Can you tell me did youi use transfer paper for light or dark fabric? Would love to give it a go.

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  12. Wonderful! Great tutorial! Now everyone is going to run out and buy burlap!

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  13. So in love with what you have done. I have been searching for beautiful clip art crown unsuccessfully. Can you let me know where you got this one and how I can obtain a copy? I want to do something like this. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery!!!
    Carole

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  14. Wow! it looks great. Thanks so much for explaining it all! Good luck in the contest!
    gail

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  15. I can't wait to try this. Thank you for telling how you did it. Where did you find the crown clipart?

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  16. I love this! You are so talented! Will you sell anything like this on your etsy shop? I love it so much! Thanks for sharing!

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  17. Thanks Trixie. It turned out beautiful.
    smiles, alice

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  18. I love this! I have a BUNCH of different varieties of the printer fabric sheets... sew in sheets, transfers for light colors, for dark colors, you name it!!

    Tania

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  19. Love that framed burlap and love the crown-the names-and the french writing-and house number-just one of those would of been a worthy post of an idea-but all of them-great..
    Love all the Inspiration- and i will go vote for you- that is how i got here..
    I do like yours truly the best..
    Lovely-I will be giving this a try.
    Karryann

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  20. Thanks for the matte finish tip. I had some shiny areas on a project I had done and didn't like. will have to try this!!

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  21. Great idea, create your own. Thank you for giving up the, how-to. I will definately try it.

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  22. Great project, I love how it turned out. Thanks for sharing your tips.

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  23. Here's where I have found vintage vector images for free..if you search you will be able to find a crown image.

    http://www.vintagevectors.com/

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  24. It's so gorgeous. I have a frame that large I also found at a garage sale. It's been hiding under my sofa since I had no solid idea how to use it. This is perfect! I'm new to Photoshop would you mind sharing how exactly you did the lettering on Photoshop?

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  25. Thanks for letting us know. I have been wondering about how to print onto burlap for a while now. You made it very clear.

    Have a fantastic day!

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  26. what about items that might need to be washed? I see that burlap recommends dry cleaning. Do you think the print will come off with dry cleaning?

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  27. Hi I'm a new follower, just wanted to say that your stuff is amazing! You are so talented and I love your ideas. I am going to buy burlap first thing tomorrow!

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  28. Thanks so Much! I've been wanting to do some french iron on graphics on burlap pillows. Do you know where I can order those large graphics? Can't find them anywhere :-{

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  29. I am interested in creating a banner with burlap and wanted to paint a shape in white before adding the font. Have you ever done this and do you have any recommendations for me. I also have never used transfer so I am a little uncertain of your process. You say that you cut out each word and then did you tape them on for the ironing process to make sure they stayed in place? These are probably silly questions for someone who does this regularly:).

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  30. Nice post. Thank you for taking the time to publish this information very useful! I've been looking for books of this nature for a way too long. I'm just glad that I found yours. Looking forward for your next post. Thanks :)
    all time print

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