How to Transfer a Pattern onto Your Project

Kelly Hanson
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Duration:   16  mins

In this video, Kelly Hanson shows you how to transfer a pattern onto your next quilting project using tulle.


Whether you want to transfer the outline of a fun shape or a string of sentences onto your next project, you can do it by simply using a piece of tulle and some marking pens or pencils. Kelly demonstrates with a small piece of tulle fabric taped in place over the design she is wanting to transfer. Tulle fabric is a lightweight, fine netting that is commonly used to make gowns, veils and tutus and can usually be found at most local fabric stores. She then explains how she traces the pattern using a marking pen.

Kelly talks about several different types of pens that can be used for this step of the process, and explains that the most important part is being able to clearly see the pattern once the tulle is removed from on top of the pattern piece. Once the pattern has been traced, Kelly shows how to transfer a quilt pattern onto fabric.


To show how to transfer a quilt pattern onto a piece of fabric Kelly uses several small pieces of different colored fabric. She explains how to arrange the tulle on top of the fabric the pattern is being transferred to and how to secure it in place. Kelly then talks about and shows several different marking tools that can be used to transfer a quilt pattern, depending on the fabric color. If the fabric you choose to transfer a pattern onto consists of several different colors, or shades of colors, you may need to have both a light and dark marking pencil to use on the same project. Once the pattern has been transferred to fabric it can then be stitched over and finished. For another fun idea to add to your next quilting project, consider transferring images to fabric.

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7 Responses to “How to Transfer a Pattern onto Your Project”

  1. Denise Marie Ellison

    Why wouldn’t you just use a light box?

  2. VCrawford

    Would Organza work the same as Tulle?

  3. Lisa

    I'm new to sewing and quilting. I always wondered how quilts and other sewing projects had lettering like this. I do have an an embroidery sewing machine but am starting out on a regular Janome sewing machine to get used to sewing. I L❤️VE the quilt! I want to make one just like that or at least pretty close. I just saw tulle on sale at my local sewing store, didn't know what it I know what it is used for 😆 and will be buying some. Very pleased with this video as well as the instructor. :0)

  4. Sheila

    I can't get this video to play! It isn't my network. This is one I could really use because I'm just about to transfer a pattern to my quilt. And why do we have to watch commercials!

  5. sandra

    Should be able to fast forward, way to much time taping!

  6. Margaret

    I really like this idea. It think I would use framing mat board and tape my tulle to it first. That would let me easily move it from tracing to project without the worry of stretching the tulle each time I removed the tape. It would be like a printing screen.

  7. M B Paz

    Didn't need to spend that much time showing us how to tape down tulle. It should have been prepared ahead of time.

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