1 - Prepare Your Chart
Select an 8" x 8" chart
Tate Signature Collection of Family Tree
Charts on CD Rom
' and edit with photos
and fonts of your choice. For continuity, we suggest
color sampling your chart to select a color for
your fonts. Using one color for the top (paternal
ancestors) and another color for the bottom (maternal
ancestors) creates distinction between the two
lines of ancestry.
- When using iron-on transfers, your
final image will yellow due to the heating process.
We suggest you compensate for this when editing
your chart by using the color balance tool in
your image editor to reduce the yellow tones in
your chart. Your chart will appear bluish but
the heating process will add yellow back into
your image and balance the tone.
- Don't forget to mirror (reverse)
your image before printing so that your image
will be right side up once you have ironed it
in place. See your printer's instructions or help
page for information on how to mirror an image.
- Create a thumbnail version of your
chart to test on fabric before printing your final
Step 2 - Prepare Your Iron-On
You will now transfer the image
onto the white muslin fabric, following the directions
that came with your iron-on transfers. You will
want to double the white muslin fabric to produce
a more opaque background for your image.
- Test your thumbnail version on a
small piece of fabric to ensure the results are
satisfactory before creating a full size transfer.
Every printer and monitor is different and results
- In our experience, we have found
the temperature and time stated in the iron-on
transfer instructions to be too long. You will
want to experiment with small pieces to ensure
the best results.
Step 3 -
Cut Two Squares of Fabric to Fit a 14" Pillow
Cut two squares of fabric
to fit your 14"
pillow form. You can do this by laying the pillow
form on top of the fabric and measuring around
the perimeter of the pillow, allowing a 5/8"
seam allowance on each side. You will want to
use a ruler to square up your pattern before sewing
the two sides together.
- You will want to allow extra room
for the fullness of the pillow form.
Step 4 - Sew Your Transfer to
the Right Side of One Fabric Square
Fold and press 1/4" - 1/2" under on
all sides of your transfer. Pin the transfer to
the center of your fabric square (face up). Top
stitch the fabric transfer onto your fabric square.
Step 5 - Create a Ruffle
Cut a strip of fabric (you may need to sew several
strips together) twice as wide as you wish your
ruffle to be, allowing for a 5/8" seam allowance
on one side. Fold fabric right side out (lengthwise)
and press flat. On the opposite side of the fold,
using a basting stitch, sew the lenth of the fabric
about 1/4" from the rough edge and leave
a loose end. Do not finish off the seam. Now take
the thread on each end and gently pull to gather
- To estimate how long your fabric
will need to be to go around your pillow, add
the lenght of each of the four sides together
and then multiply by 2 or 2.5 depending on the
desired fullness you want in your ruffle.
- For an added vintage look, add a
row of gathered lace on top of the gathered fabric
Step 6 - Sew Your Pillow Together
With right sides facing each other, pin the front
and back of your pillow together, making sure
your lace and ruffle is not caught in the seam.
Sew three sides of your pillow togther using a
5/8" seam allowance. On the fourth side sew
about 2" in from the outer edge on both sides.
Through the unsewn side, invert your pillow so
that the right sides are now facing out. insert
your pillow form and sew the remaining edge closed
using a hidden or slip stitch.
Congratulations Your Pillow
is Now Complete!