Embroidery Pattern Transfer Method Directory

The key to a successful project is having your embroidery design neatly transferred to your fabric.  So what's the best way to do that?  That's a BIG question with many answers!  The best method for you is going to depend on a number of factors which I hope are successfully touched upon in the following chart.  Ultimately there may be multiple solutions to your pattern transfer "problem" and it will be up to you to decide which method works best for you.   

I tried to link to tutorials and retail sources when possible, but hope to address these methods myself as I use them.  Many of the supplies listed below can be found at your local craft store, here in my shop or on Amazon.

UPDATE: I have replaced the original table with the flow-chart below and a pro/con table you can view and download here. The table includes the resource hyperlinks and includes my opinions based on personal experience. You may absolutely love a method that I am not a fan of so do not be turned off by my negative comments. I am just trying to collect some hopefully helpful information here. 


I am a fan of the light tracing family of methods, mostly because I hate ironing and have "issues" with some of the other options.  But for some darker fabrics and most thicker fabrics (felt, jean, etc) light won't show through and you need to use a different method.  Here's my most recent video tutorial speaking specifically about the light tracing methods:

Here's a new video demonstrating some options for dark fabrics and thicker fabrics:

Did I miss any methods?  Let me know below and I will add them to the chart and include any resources you think I should add!




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