If you have never used an iron-on embroidery transfer before and would love to know how you are in the right place!

Iron-on embroidery transfers are so easy to use. Here's the short version: simply cut out, place ink side down on your chosen fabric and press with a hot iron (no steam).
You will soon discover the joys of embroidery with transfer patterns.

Here you can see a quick video of the transfer process. Scroll down for a detailed step by step guide.

Read on for my detailed guide on how to use an iron-on embroidery transfer.


Lazy May Embroidery Transfer Pattern 'Beside the Seaside'

1. Eeek exciting! Your embroidery patterns have arrived, unfold your pattern sheet and choose the embroidery transfer you are going to stitch first.

Select your embroidery pattern and cut it out leaving a small gap around the edge

2. Trim around the embroidery transfer leaving a small gap around the edge.

Lay your embroidery pattern inkside down on your fabric

3. Make sure your fabric has been washed and pressed with a hot iron (without using steam) and then place the embroidery transfer pattern ink side down on the fabric. Optional: you can tack your pattern to the fabric to ensure it doesn't slip while you are ironing it.

Press your embroidery transfer pattern with a hot iron to iron the ink on to the fabric

4. You are now ready to transfer your pattern, set your iron to hot or cotton setting making sure the steam setting is turned off. Place a piece of paper or scrap fabric underneath your sewing fabric to ensure ink is not transferred on to your ironing board.  Carefully press the iron on to the transfer for between 3 and 10 seconds, use the TEST transfers provided with your pattern to determine the correct iron time for your fabric, the time will vary depending on the fabric you are using. Be careful not to scorch delicate fabrics.

Carefully peel your embroidery transfer pattern to make sure the ink has transferred to your sewing fabric

5. Carefully peel back the corner of the transfer to check that the lines have transferred correctly, if you are not happy you can iron the embroidery transfer again. If you are happy remove the transfer and tacking stitches if you have used them.

Once transferred the lines of the embroidery pattern will be dark grey in colour

6. Now your fabric will have the embroidery design inked on it all ready for sewing. Lazy May iron on embroidery transfers may be used up to 3 times depending on the iron time and type of fabric you are using. As you can see the lines are dark grey in colour and so not suitable for direct transfer to dark fabrics. The transferred lines will fade and disappear with washing.

Cut out and arrange Lazy May Modern Embroidery Transfers to create your own hoop art

7. You can now select other transfers from the sheet and add them to the fabric to create your own design. Modern iron on embroidery transfers mean that creating your own arrangement of patterns is really quick and simple.

A jelly fish stitched using Lazy May Modern embroidery transfer patterns

8. Then stitch over the lines, if you are new to embroidery and would like some pointers please check out my embroidery for beginners guide, you will find notes on equipment and an illustrated stitch guide. The Jelly fish above is from the pattern set 'Beside the Seaside' which you can purchase from the link below.



Under the Sea hoop are stitched with modern embroidery patterns

This is my completed piece, I placed blue sheer fabric, very appropriately called Mermaid Shimmer, over the top of my white fabric before I did my embroidery. I could still see the transferred lines through the blue fabric and I stitched through both layers at once to give the underwater effect.

Here are some transfers you might like to try:



Lisa Neal