Monday I shared some homemade pillows I made as Christmas gifts, and promised I'd share the tutorial for Citrasolv transfers. This is one of my all time favorite projects! I'm sure you could find tons of tutorials for this online, but I wanted to show you myself!
To make your own Citrasolv transfer, you need:
-Fabric (I used a muslin type liner fabric that is about $2.50/yd- use a coupon at Joanne's for a better deal)
-An image to transfer (I got mine from here)
- A spoon, or anything hard that you can rub the image with
- A paint brush (if you don't have a paint brush, just use a cotton ball)
- Tape (I forgot to put that in the picture, oops)
*Some Notes on the materials*
For your image, you need something that looks good in black and white- I don't think you can transfer in color. You MUST go to the printer properties when you print the image and select "mirror printing". This will print the image backwards on the paper so that when you turn it over to transfer it is facing the correct direction.
Also, the image must be printed on a laser printer or a copier. The citrasolv reacts to the toner, so a regular ink jet printer will not work for this. If you don't have one, print it out on your inkjet and then take it to Staples or the local library to make a copy. Or have it printed on a laser printed at Staples (if you bring in a file on a USB or something, remember to tell the person to print mirror image)
About Citrasolv: Citrasolv is actually a natural citrus cleaner and degreaser, not a craft product. I found mine at a health food store for $11.79. A little pricey, but it lasts forever! Food Lion in Lynchburg also carries it, but they didn't have the concentrated bottle- only the spray bottle that has water added. I doubt that would work.
See, I still have tons after doing about 15 transfers and spilling some on my computer :).
Citrasolv's website will tell you where the closest places to buy it around you are here.
Once you have all your materials...
Tape the paper image side down onto your fabric. (Be sure not to tape over any of the image)