April 21, 2011

Pillows made with T shirt Transfer Paper

Just a couple tips for using T shirt transfer paper.

Transfer sheets cost about $1 each so, when I make mistakes, ouch!  The most common mistake I make is not flipping the graphics on my computer before I print.....I bet I am not alone!

This is how the graphics are supposed to look when you print them off your computer, the lettering is backwards.

Not like this...... that cost me $1.  I wonder how many times I am going to repeat this mistake??

Her is my other tip, transfers are great for graphics that are contained, when you have letters and a lot of space between the letters you see the transfer paper on the fabric, not horrible, but maybe not what you wanted.

Look close, I increased the contrast of the picture so you could see the transfer out around the letters.

  Here's another example, where I did not cut close enough to the graphic, you can see the transfer paper out around the graphic.  

Cut as close as you can to the graphic, then iron it on your fabric, it's so easy.

I always have pillows in my booth, they are not a huge, hot, seller, but they do sell, and I like the way they look in my booth.

This was my first attempt at pocket pillows, they were a lot of fun to make

All of the graphics were from Graphics Fairy

The most I can charge for pillows in my booth is $20 for really fancy ones, and $10 for a basic no frills pillow, so they are not a huge source of revenue once I add in my sweat equity.  

They are so fun to make though, you can't put a price on that.

I'm looking forward to cooking Easter dinner for family and friends, my baby boy is in DC and I will miss him 

I'm wish you a blessed Easter, a celebration of everlasting life, a time to renew friendships, make new ones, and enjoy time with family and friends.

Thank you for your friendships, they have enriched my life!



Vicki said...

These look great. Thanks for sharing all the tips. I was looking at transparency paper today. It's about $1.00 a piece too - OUCH! I was trying to debate if it is worth it for some projects where I want a larger transparency. I hope you have a blessed Easter!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Carol, The pillows are beautiful! I especially love the pocket pillow. Yep, I have made the mistake of not flipping the graphics too!
I hope you have a wonderful Easter.

Christine said...

I don't understand why these pillows would be a poor seller when people will drop the same amount of money on a bland, no personality pillow from a box store....no imagination!! I love your pillows.

Gina said...

Carol, your pillows are so pretty! I would think they'd be huge sellers, but what do I know, I also thought that white round table would sell quickly! LOL The pocket pillows are so creative...I love them.

Have a wonderful Easter with your family & friends!


There are so many ideas that I want to do! Your pillows are fab! Did you make the sweet fabric roses too?! Those I do want to make!!! Have you shown us how to make them??
Thank you for the birthday wishes! I sure appreciate it.
Have a lovely Easter too!

Janet said...

The pillows are great and thanks for the tip. Two of my children live far away also. It stinks, I wish we could all be together for every holiday and special occasion. Hugs, Janet

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

So pretty Carol! I will have to give these a try sometime. Thanks for the tips. Not sure if you received my message. My pet party is on May 4th...so you have plenty oh time to get your photos!

Stacy's Shabby Shoppe said...

Carol ~ your pillows are so pretty! This is something that I haven't tried. I can sew, but haven't done so in quite some time. By the way, I just LOVED your comment on my Royal Wedding post. I commented back and added a footnote to my post under the invitation. You made my day! (*_*)

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

Fantastic pillows!!

Can't you still use the backwards graphics ~ at least cut around the parts that don't have lettering and use them for something!

Happy Easter!

Big TX Hugs,
Angelic Accents

Theresa said...

Love them and as much as I hate to admit it, I too have forgotten to flip the picture before I hit print. you are right... ouch! I couldn't let you stand alone on that one :)
I just went to get more of the paper this week and it had gone up by 3.00 another ouch! NO MORE MISTAKES!!!
Yours are so pretty, I love the pocket pillows, those are so sweet! xoxo

Suzann said...

Hello Carol,
I love all your pillows!!
Now that I am finally unpacked...well as much as I can anyway I want to come visit you at your shop!!
Hope your Easter is wonderful!!!
Suzann ~xoxox~

Jenn ~ Flea With Me said...

great advice on the flipping, i haven't tried this yet but have wanted to for a while.
happy easter carol!

sissie said...

Hi Carol,
I love your pillow creations especially the pocket pillows. Yes, I've made the same mistakes with iron on transfers! LOL!

I have to sell most of my pillows around $20. Buyers just can't appreciate the work and creativity that goes into them. But, I love making them and how they look in the booth too.

Happy Easter to you to Carol. I feel that knowing you has definitely enriched my life.

Big hugs

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love these pillows and you've given some great tips! I would SO love to try to make one! Hugs! ♥

Erin said...

I love all your pillows Carol!! They are gorgeous! :)

Stampin' D'Amour said...

Carol - your pillows are fantastic! You have reminded me that I need to use my transfer paper that I bought some time back...

Have a blessed Easter holiday! :)


Vintagesouthernlife said...

I love your pillows and thanks so much for sharing the tips.
Have a blessed Easter!

Sandy Michelle said...

They're just wonderful! Happy Easter girly!

Sandy xox

Betty's corner of the world said...

Hi Carol ..I just came over to see what you're up to now ... everything you do is always so beautiful ..You are an inspiration. ♥

Happy Easter to you and your family.

Hugz ...Betty

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Love the pillows and the great tips. The pocket pillow is THE BEST!!! Have a blessed Easter!!!

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Love them...and I like having pillows too because they add a softness with all the hard goods. My best sellers are Holly Hobbie pillows, have found and sold about 12 of them and also shaped ones (cats, dogs, mice etc.).
Wishing you a very blessed Easter.

Ginger said...

Hi Carol,
Love your pocket pillows, can't believe this is your first try, they are perfect. I have moved my booth to another place, hope it does better than my other one. Nice for a change. Read your comment on Roselles blog where you have lost 21 lbs on WW. I am on it also and so far just 6 lbs. But it is only my second week. Whats your secret?
Have a lovely Easter.

Deborah said...

Carol, I am so glad I stopped by for a visit. I have been swamped girl and things are not getting any easier. I love coming by here and seeing what you are up to. I loved learning about the decal film and definitely have to try some of that. Thank you for sharing your ideas. I will be posting soon about the revamped chandeliers I wrote you about and will post pictures soon. I will be sure to send you a note when I do.

Olivia said...

Hello Carol,
I so need to try the transfer sheets! Your pocket pillow turned out darling! I love visiting your site, I always get new ideas! Have a happy and blessed Easter!

Cottage Touch said...

Wow your so Talented..Have a blissful Easter..HPS!

Char said...

Hi Carol, I have to admit, I have never tried this. Transfering an image onto fabric is something that so far, I have been able to stay away from. But, having said that, I know the time is near when I will have to take that first step. Thanks for all the great tips. I will keep them buried in the back of my mind. Have a wonderful Easter weekend, Char

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Carol, I don't know how you do it...making all the stuff for your booth and keeping up with the website too. I spend at least two days on the road every week, another day painting, etc, and then listing, photos, editing... I need about 48 hours in the day. Your pillows are charming and the pocket ones especially. I have decided I will not undersell my items anymore. Have a fabulous week. I am off to the shop this morning and tomorrow for redo. Sales were good over Easter. xoxo

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Pardon me Carol while I go empty out my drool pan. You know how much I love anything English or French. LOVE!!!

The pocket pillows are perfection.

Jacalyn @ rmebathproducts.com said...

Some day I will learn to sew just so I can make pretty pillows like you, ha!


Sharyn said...

Beautiful beautiful pillows! Very inspiring! Thanks for the tips on getting the transfers right!!

DownTheLaneWithDaisy said...

i JUST found your website. Thank you so much for the tips on flipping, etc. I'm actually going to try this. Off to Walmarts!!