DIY: DIY Photo Transfer Fabric Flower Pillows

March 15, 2016

DIY Photo Transfer Flower Pillows

I wasn’t kidding when I said I’m keen on spring. Bright brights are my jam and bold florals are my spirit animal.

Back in January, I got the low down on Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium. To be honest, I was completely intimidated by this stuff. It just seemed to hard. Welp – as is the case on many, many an occasion – I was dead wrong. Photo transferring is not hard at all, which is why today’s post had to happen. I had to prove that a cynic like me could ring in spring with a photo transfer project that you’ll love. I was able to turn oversized prints into pillows! Yeah – you heard me…pillows! Let me show you how the whole photo transfer mumbo jumbo works.

DIY Photo Transfer Flower Pillows

You’ll need:

  • a large laser print flower image. Visit your local FedEk Kinkos and they’ll help you print any photo onto 18×24″ paper. Note: Inkjet printing will not work for this.
  • fabric
  • Mod Podge Photo Transfer Medium – one 8oz bottle was plenty to transfer two large images.
  • Fairfield Poly-fil for stuffing your pillows
  • Scissors
  • a basic kitchen sponge
  • a foam brush (not pictured)
  • a bowl of water (not pictured)

DIY Photo Transfer Flower PillowsUse a pair of detail scissors to cut right along the edge of the flower image

DIY Photo Transfer Flower Pillows

DIY Photo Transfer Flower PillowsOnce you’ve cut it out, squeeze photo transfer medium directly onto the printout and use the foam brush to create an even thick coat of the transfer medium over the entire image. Be sure that you go edge to edge. Once you’re done, the photo transfer medium should be opaque without any of the image showing through.

DIY Photo Transfer Flower PillowsGently lift the paper image off your work surface, being careful not to touch the edges much

DIY Photo Transfer Flower PillowsPlace the image face down directly onto the fabric and tap into place so that the entire image is making contact with the fabric.

24 HOURS LATER

DIY Photo Transfer Flower Pillows

DIY Photo Transfer Flower PillowsAfter allowing the image to sit for a full 24 hours, dampen the sponge with water and moisten the entire image surface. You’ll see the image begin to come through a bit. TIP: At this stage, work on top of a tarp or plastic garbage bag. This will protect your work surface from getting too wet.

DIY Photo Transfer Flower Pillows

Once the entire image is wet, begin working the sponge in small circles. The pulp of the paper will begin to peel back and the image will be revealed beneath. Continue doing this around the entire image and then allow it to dry. Once dry, you will be able to work with the image just like you would fabric. It’s like magic!

DIY Photo Transfer Flower PillowsOnce dry, you will be able to work with the image just like you would fabric. It’s like magic! To create the pillows, the flower image with another piece of fabric then stuffed it with Poly-Fil.

DIY Photo Transfer Flower Pillows

DIY Photo Transfer Flower Pillows

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DIY Photo Transfer Flower Pillows

I’m just lovin’ the realistic look of these floral pillows! I’m officially hooked on photo transferring! Have you ever used this product? I wanna hear all about it.

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7 thoughts on “DIY Photo Transfer Fabric Flower Pillows”

  1. OH MY WORD. I am in love with this! Sunflowers are my favorite and I would love to have a photo-realistic pillow of one! Totally adding this to my new house projects list to do in the next couple months!! Thanks!

  2. How is the coloring on the fabric once the photo is transferred? The photo of the pillow does not look as vibrant as the photo itself. Just curious. The pillows are fantastic.

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