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Decorate with Iron-On Transfers

  • Wendell T. Webber

    Bright Idea

    Print out our stylized branch and blossom templates to give a plain lamp shade a spring makeover.

    Here's how: Open and print the templates below onto card stock. Depending on your lamp shade, you may need to enlarge or reduce the size of the templates. Select complementary fabrics for the branch and blossom patterns. Following directions on the packaging, apply iron-on adhesive sheets to the back of all fabrics. Trace templates onto the back of fabrics and cut out. Position pieces on paper until you find a design you like. Peel paper backing from smaller circles and lightly fuse them to large ones. Peel paper backing from large circles and branch. Using only the tip of the iron, and applying gentle pressure to avoid warping lamp shade, attach the design. Let cool and repeat as many times as you like. (We made 8 blooming branches.)

    Branch Template #1

    Branch Template #2

    Branch Template #3

  • Wendell T. Webber

    Seat Chic

    Update a dining or desk chair with a little cut-and-paste construction.

    Here's how: Choose a large-scale floral fabric (or use remnants of what you already have). Following directions on the packaging, apply iron-on adhesive sheets to the back of fabric. Cut out favorite design elements (e.g., a big blossom, small leaf) and arrange pieces on chair or slipcover until you find a design you like. Peel paper backing from each piece and iron directly onto chair or slipcover.

  • Wendell T. Webber

    Blossom Buddies

    Spruce up a plain pillowcase with oversize, graphic floral prints.

    Here's how: Select fabrics to complement a flowery pillow you already own. On card stock, freehand-draw a flower from the pattern and cut out to make a template for each desired shape. Following directions on packaging, apply iron-on adhesive sheets to the back of all fabrics, then lay templates down and trace around them. Cut out designs, peel off paper backing and iron onto the front of a solid pillowcase. For a finishing touch, hand-stitch "stems."

  • Wendell T. Webber

    Shower Power

    Make a splash by adding printed trim to a fabric shower curtain.

    Here's how: Select two complementary patterned fabrics. Prewash cotton shower curtain and both fabrics. Cut the first piece so it measures the width of the curtain (plus 1/2 inch on each end) and any height you'd like. Cut the second to the same width as the first, but not as high. (Ours measured 20 x 73 inches and 6 x 73 inches, respectively). Following directions on the packaging, apply iron-on adhesive sheets to the back of all fabrics. Peel paper backing from the first fabric and iron onto the shower curtain with the bottom edge 1/4 inch above hem of curtain. Peel paper backing from the second fabric and iron onto curtain just above the first fabric. Wrap ends of both pieces around side edges of curtain and iron to adhere. Cut three pieces of grosgrain ribbon to width of curtain (plus 1/2 inch on each side). Following directions on packaging, apply iron-on tape and press so ribbon covers fabrics' raw edges. Wrap the hanging ends of ribbon around the side of curtain and adhere. Repeat twice till all raw edges are covered.

  • Wendell T. Webber

    Sweet Storage

    With cheerfully patterned storage boxes, organization can be as easy as 1-2-3.

    Here's how: Select four fabrics — one dark, one bright, two patterned. Print numbers on card stock using a favorite computer font and cut out to make templates. Following directions on packaging, apply iron-on adhesive sheets to the back of all fabrics. Lay templates facedown on the back of the dark fabric, trace and cut out. Using the bright fabric, cut out rectangles large enough to fit the numbers. Peel paper backing from the numbers and iron onto front of rectangles. Trace the front of a canvas bin onto patterned fabric. Cut just inside the traced lines since the bin's edge will act as a border. Peel paper from rectangles and iron them onto the patterned pieces. Peel paper backing off patterned pieces and iron onto the front of each bin.

    Originally published in Family Circle magazine, March 2010.

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