Acetone Transfer Graphic Cushion Cover

Whenever I’m having a bad day and want to throw a pity party for myself, making a list of all the things I am blessed with helps to keep things in perspective. Even better if I can have some sort of daily reminder that there are many things in my life that I am grateful for. So I printed a favourite quote of mine on a cushion cover that I sewed for our sofa. Here’s the finished product first for all you impatient people out there!


I used the acetone transfer on canvas technique that I have previously posted about. It didn’t go quite as smoothly as last time, mostly because I was working with a larger image and had to do it in sections, but overall it turned out well. One thing I have learned in motherhood is to be happy- or try to be- with “good enough.” I no longer have the time or energy to be the perfectionist that I want to be, so I’m making my peace with the imperfections in this one. That’s how you can tell I made it and didn’t buy it at some crappy store, right?

You can refer to the original post for the full tutorial, and I’ll highlight what I did differently below. Just remember the most important steps are to create a mirror image of the design you want and then print it on a laser printer, or this technique won’t work. [In the pictures below the image looks like it’s the “right” way because the printed image is facing the canvas and the backside of the paper is facing up, essentially flipping the flipped image if that makes sense!] To start with, I measured the pillow I was covering and cut a piece of canvas to the right size to form the front face. I figured out where I wanted the transfer to go and used pins to mark the left and top margins of the paper so that it would be exactly in the centre.


Then I cut the paper into segments to make it more manageable to do the transfer- the acetone evaporates quickly so you want to work in sections. Starting with the first piece, I pinned the paper to the canvas, usingthe pins I placed on the canvas as my guide.


I also marked the bottom of each section of the paper with a pin so that I knew where to put the next one to keep the alignment of the design the way I wanted it; I didn’t want it to look “piecey.”


I kept moving down the canvas, section by section, following the steps in the tutorial to burnish the image from the paper onto the canvas until it was done.


Once that was over (phew), I filled in any bare patches with a fine-tip Sharpie and then cut pieces of canvas to form the back of my cushion cover. I decided to do an envelope enclosure which is really simple- I just cut two pieces of fabric to form two “halves” for the back of the cushion, adding some extra length so that they overlapped in the centre. I had my pieces overlap by 4 inces, after hemming the ends that made up the opening. Then I just pinned the two back pieces with the overlap to the front pieces (right sides together of course), sewed all around the outside, and it was done!


Let’s just not talk about the part that I smudged or the questionable Sharpie touch up job. I really dig these transfers, they are a neat way to make a custom print and I always have fun doing them (once the cursing is over). Try it and let me know how it goes!

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