You probably know by now that I can never resist a good snail mail inspired design. Anything vintage-like and distressed will immediately take up a special place in my heart. This probably explains why I live in a not-so-new house, loves to thrift shop, and have been consistently pining for a vintage Singer sewing machine.
This also explains why I had to make these postcard purses when I was given some snail mail design heat transfers:
When my lovely sponsor, WholePort, sent me these stamp and mail design heat transfer papers, I just about squealed. And they came with these doily heat transfers, too, and you know how I love them so.
The designs came in these forms. I cut each design that I wanted to transfer, as you can see above, before ironing.
Here was my first print:
The transfers didn’t come with instructions, alas, but that’s not really a problem when there are tutorials for just about doing anything out there. I found the perfect step-by-step guide on YouTube and piled the following tips for future printing:
- Your iron should be in the hottest setting
- Fabric should be placed on a sturdy and hard surface; an ironing board is NOT recommended
- For smaller designs, iron onto fabric for at least 30 seconds
- Press hard on the design using your iron
- After 30 or so seconds, let cool for five minutes
- Peel by stretching your fabric diagonally
- Place fabric on top of print and iron some more for about 15 seconds
For making the purses, I followed THIS TUTORIAL (minus the corner tabs and with added stitch line for postcard detailing).