More than a few of you have asked how I make my cushions, and how I came to learn the process throughout the past two years, so here goes......
Over my children's winter vacation I was searching for some craft projects to do with my daughter when I stumbled across the Citra-Solv transfer method. It's quite easy and nearly fool proof.
You will need a reversed image to transfer (you can find lots of amazing images if you visit The Graphics Fairy, and the image I'm working with here can be downloaded at the bottom of this post.) It should be printed on a toner copier (not inkjet, most big office printers will work, if you don't have access to one, have a photocopy made at Staples.) Choose a fabric to transfer the image onto. I work with all vintage linens and reclaimed grain sacks, but this method works just as well on hessian, cotton or even a drop cloth. Lastly you'll need tape, cotton, a spoon and Citra-Solv Orange Concentrate which you can find in most organic food markets or on amazon.com.
Center your reversed image on your fabric and tape it down on all four sides.......
Tip some Citra-Solv on a cotton ball and squeeze it so that it's saturated but not dripping wet. Dab it on a small section of your image (working in small areas of no more that 3x3 inches is best when you're getting started) and you'll see your image pop through. Give it a few seconds to loosen the ink (the sweet spot is somewhere between 10 and 30 seconds) and then holding your spoon like a burnishing tool scrape over the image in a scratching motion while being sure not to move your paper or fabric..... Notice how my left hand in anchoring the image.
Scratch, scratch, scratch.........
Peel your paper back and voila! Easy grain sack!
Your last step is to iron on as hot a setting as your fabric can handle. This will set the image in and make it colorfast. Launder it in the gentle cycle with a detergent for delicates and it will last and last and last.......
You can even do colors as seen here on this finished pillow slip and I understand that
photographs work well too though I've never done it my self. This is a
fabulous way to bring some rustic elegance into your home...... imagine making
cushions, table runners, curtains, tea towels...... Print on a heavier weight fabric
to make panels for reupholstery projects!
Here you see the method applied to various fabrics...... Vintage grain sacks, reclaimed, antique linen and canvas......
If you would like to make the FARINE cushion pictured in this post, please download the file shown below. Just please promise me you'll use it to make gifts for your family & friends, a donation to the church bazar or your kid's school fair and not produce it commercially (I'd be really sad to see someone selling it online.) And please, please tell me how it goes or better yet, send me a picture and I'll show it off here!
Have fun and happy creating! xx jess