Using Lazy May modern iron on embroidery transfers in your projects couldn’t be easier, just follow these step-by-step instructions.

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

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

3. Make sure your fabric has been washed and pressed with a hot iron (without using steam) and then place the embroidery pattern ink side down on the fabric.

An embroidery transfer tacked to fabric prior to ironing.

4. This is an optional step, you can tack your pattern to the fabric to ensure it doesn’t slip while you are ironing it.

A iron on embroidery transfer pattern being pressed with a hot iron.

5. 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 5 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.

A iron on embroidery transfer being lifted from the fabric.

6. 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 transfer again. If you are happy remove the transfer and tacking stitches if you have used them.

A transferred embroidery pattern shown in an embroidery hoop.

7. Now your fabric will have the design inked on it all ready for sewing. Lazy May patterns 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.

An embroidery hoop showing a group of transferred patterns.

8. 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.

Close up of a hand embroidered jelly fish on blue fabric.

9. Then stitch over the lines, if you are new to embroidery and would like some pointers you can find my guide to getting started with embroidery here, you will find notes on equipment and an illustrated stitch guide. The Jelly fish above is from the pattern ‘Beside the Seaside‘ and has been stitched with stem stitch using 4 strands of thread (floss) for the body and 2 strands for the legs.

Hand embroidered hoop art showing sea creatures stitched on to blue fabric.

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 stitched through both layers at once to give the underwater effect.