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Iron On Transfer Hoop Art

For this project, you will need a piece of artwork that you want to transfer to the fabric. I used my own cards and just printed the design onto transfer paper rather than onto regular printer paper. Once you have a digital image to copy onto your transfer paper, you’re ready to go.

How to Make Iron-on Transfer Hoop Art

Iron-On Transfer Hoop Art - How to make sweet hoop art using an iron-on transfer for the artwork. Makes a great gift for Mother's Day, birthdays, you name it! @littlegirldesigns.com

You will need:

  • One sheet of iron-on transfer paper (I used Purple Chimp T-Shirt Transfers For Light Colors)
  • Muslin fabric (I used a heavier weight; otherwise you will need backing so your stitches don’t show through)
  • Iron
  • Matching embroidery floss
  • Embroidery needle
  • Small hoop (mine is 4 inches)
  • White pen
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun & glue

If possible, I do recommend compiling several images into one document so you can get the most use of your sheet of transfer paper since it is expensive. I also recommend using a coupon for the transfer paper at your local craft store.

Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to print your design onto the transfer paper and iron it onto your fabric. This is very important since each manufacturer will have different tips and hints. For my transfer, I printed it, waited until the ink completely dried, then carefully cut out the flower and stem. Then I turned the transfer over onto the fabric and ironed it for 20-30 seconds.

Once your design has been transferred to the fabric, place the fabric in the hoop and cut off the excess fabric leaving approximately 1/2 inch all around.

Iron-On Transfer Hoop Art - How to make sweet hoop art using an iron-on transfer for the artwork. Makes a great gift for Mother's Day, birthdays, you name it! @littlegirldesigns.com

Using your embroidery floss, stitch french knots around the perimeter of the design. Add white dots onto the hoop as shown in the picture above. (You could also paint the hoop, but do so before adding the fabric and make sure it is completely dry so you don’t accidentally stain your little masterpiece.)

At this point, I like to flip the hoop art over, tuck in the extra fabric, and hot glue it into place onto the hoop. You could glue a piece of felt over the back of the fabric as well but it is not necessary, especially if you use a heavier muslin.

Honestly, the most difficult part of this project was choosing the design and setting it up to print. It is a really easy craft to make. I’m now working on a sketch that I want to transfer to a tote bag. I can’t wait to share that one with you as I think you’ll like it.

If you’re looking for creative craft projects that are easy to make (and easy on the budget), you can visit my crafts page. I update it frequently with new projects.

Have a lovely {and creative} day!