Tutorial: how to create your own designs on fabric at home

For the new picciolo 2009 soft Christmas decorations I created my own snowflake design rather than use an existing fabric. This meant that I got exactly the effect I wanted and can be sure that my picciolo decorations are unique and can’t be found anywhere else. This is how I did it: 1. First, I drew my rough design onto A4 paper, then scanned it into photoshop (you could use any drawing programme). I then redrew my design with the elements on different layers. 2. Using layers makes it easy to change the colours. For my design, I have a couple of layers of white snowflakes over the background layer, then I changed the colour of the background to give me a wider variety of options. You could of course just use your original drawing. At this point I also added another layer to show the outline of the shape I use for my decorations. 3. Now print your design using an inkjet printer onto tshirt transfer paper. As there is white in my design I used the paper meant for dark fabric. 4. Then, once you have your printed transfer, the fun starts! (Follow the instructions that come with your transfer paper as they all vary slightly.) I cut out my shapes first and then ironed them onto felt to create the sides for my decorations, but you could use your whole piece or any sections of it and use different types of fabric as your base. 5. Experiment! : )

10 comments:

Colleen MacDonald said...

HOW COOL! Of course I got lost after the first part having to do with Photoshop, but still, I'm inspired!

M.Kate said...

wow! thanks for the great tip! I never thought that was possible.. :O

::::Lula Boutique:::: said...

Wow!! Very creative. Love them!! Thanks for the tutorial. :)

Caroline said...

Those are great! I love the idea of ornaments my kid and cats won't break. :)

Shayla said...

You made the design yourself? Even better! Great work, and how nice of you to make a tutorial.

Hey Harriet said...

Thanks for the tutorial! They're such pretty decorations!

High Desert Diva said...

It must be so much more satisfying using your own fabric in your designs....

Victoria said...

Pretty darn cool, and very creative!!

Gillian said...

Great tutorial - really love your new Christmas decorations - they have a lovely chunkiness! G

Michelle | Cicada Studio said...

Look for sheets of printable inkjet fabric! Saves some steps and the results are beautiful. Works great in most inkjet printers.

These are wonderful ornaments. Using your own design just accentuates the "you" factor :)