One of my favorite time saving tools when doing a project is Sulky Iron-On Transfer Pens. They are permanent-ink fabric pens and are perfect for transferring a shape that needs to be cut out of fabric. I recently used one when I was making this little sock monkey snack mat from Eazy Peazy Quilts. I needed the pens to transfer the pattern of the monkey ears to my fabric.
First I picked an ink color that I knew would show up on the back of my fabric but not show through. I chose green.
Next I traced over the ear on the original pattern.
Once I trace the pattern, I was ready to prepare my fabric for the transfer. I start by warming up the wrong side of the fabric with the iron. If the fabric is warm, it will take the ink better from the transfer.
Then I turned the pattern that I had traced over, so the pattern side of the paper is laying on the wrong side of the fabric, and I pressed the paper. I didn’t move the iron around, just pressed. If you move the iron, you will likely move the paper underneath which will cause a blurred line to transfer.
When I lifted the iron up, I was able to see the transfer ink was darker through the paper which was a good clue that the transfer was successful, but I did hold the pattern in place and just lift up a corner to be sure the transfer was complete.
Look! Here is my first monkey ear!
I then simply moved the pattern over and repeated the pressing process for the second ear. I can get numerous transfers from one tracing.
After my monkey ears were transferred, I cut on the line and followed the pattern directions to add them to my monkey snack mat. It made a cute little project quick and easy!
Have you tried Sulky Iron-On Transfer Pens yet? What do you think?