A Handmade Makers Guide To Creating An Iron-On Pattern

August 10, 2018
Hello friends and a great big welcome. Today I will be sharing some tips and steps on creating your own iron on pattern, the old school way. The only machine that I have used in this process is my printer and an iron! I hope you will stay awhile as I share these steps with you. I come from a long line of can-do-makers. Hardworking, muster up the muscle type of folks who shy away from too much technology. I just bet that there is an entire community of you out there too. So let's stay connected and share the joy of Making it all on our own.

Now, let me say this, if you are an artist, enjoying sketching and have a steady hand you can easily draw your own design directly on your fabric. Since I am none of these things I have to have a Pattern! I am even more in luck as I have a daughter or who is collaborating with me on these projects.

I just enjoy making things from scratch. To this day I really don't even like a cake mix, it sort of feels like it's not homemade if I use one. There is just nothing better than sifting your own flour and creaming your own butter and sugar.

I am also one of those people who hangs onto remnants of fabric, embellishments, thread and yarn. It truly hurts my heart to throw away perfectly good pieces of fabric. You never know what you might make out of scraps.... take a peek at this handmade rag heart wreath.

So you Makers already know that there are many, many steps involved in getting your handmade project from infancy into a finished product. My friend Robert Mahar, from Making It, sums it all up very well in his video Patience Makes Perfect.

Today I am sharing the very beginning stages for these two iron-on designs that will eventually become finished embroidered pieces. There is much more tweaking to be done, but you Makers know that this is part of the thrill of the artistic and creative journey!

I also want to mention to my subscribers that next week a survey will be coming your way. With Summer nearly over and School time just around the corner I want to be able to deliver to you meaningful and helpful topics for your creative lifestyle. I hope that you will find a moment to fill it out!

Thank you so much and May All Your Dreams Come True,


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  1. Wow! What a great idea! You’re so creative! I love it! ❤️

  2. Good afternoon, Jemma!

    Like you, I sure know what it's like to create something with very few fancy resources AND to boldly venture out on a dream and make it happen until you "make it!" Love the colors here and I bet you've got some ideas for fall in rich colors, all inspired by your surroundings. HUGS to you and happy weekend!

  3. That's great to know. Thank you for sharing an excellent tutorial!

  4. I've never done this before, Jemma. Your instructions look terrific. Thanks!

  5. I use to embroider and do crewel work all the time, but haven't done much in the last few (many) years. This art form kind of died out for quite a long time, and I am so glad to see it making a come-back. Your tutorial is great, by-the-way. I'm working on quilts for my grands and hope to embroider a personal message somewhere on each one. Thanks for sharing this!


  6. Jemma, Oh, I remember the old-fashioned iron ons. Those were so fun. I saw some embroidery hoops at Hobby Lobby the other day and thought of you. They had a nice selection of them. That Unicorn one is so sweet, and Francesca's theme in her nursery is Unicorns. The embroidery you made with the hand and the flowers is cute too, and that would go in any room. Oh, I love coming over here and seeing your creative projects, Jemma.

    love, ~Sheri

  7. This sounds pretty easy! I've always turned away from these project because I assumed they were difficult but this doesn't sound bad at all. Just have to get the right products.

    Did I ever tell you that one of my first jobs was at a t-shirt shop at what was Big Town Mall? I applied the iron on transfers all day long. It was fun! :)

  8. Always wanted to try this! Thanks for the very detailed instructions. I am off to pin and hopefully make soon!!


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