It's been a long time coming but I finally have all the vintage embroidery/needlework patterns here on one page. The bigger sets are in the first section then I have the smaller/individual designs listed underneath. Simply click on the image you want to download and you'll be prompted with a .zip file or an individual file to download.
Don't Miss It: Underneath the pattern gallery I have a section giving some helpful tips for transferring these to fabric.
*Click on image to download .zip file containing all patterns for that set
How To Transfer Patterns
How to Apply a Multi-Transfer Design
- Pin a cloth tightly over ironing board to protect it in case ink penetrates fabric.
- Smooth the fabric on ironing board.
- Cut out transfer, allowing enough paper for pinning.
- Pin in place, face down.
- With iron between "Wool" and "Cotton" heat, apply iron gently but firmly for 2 to 3 seconds. If necessary, increase time slightly for additional impressions.
- Too much heat might scorch fabric and spoil re-use of transfer.
Transfers may be used up to 6 times.
Tracing Your Own Design
If you have created your own design, you have to trace it onto the fabric. There are three different methods of doing this:
- The simplest method is the use of dressmakers' carbon paper. Place the carbon paper in position face down on the fabric, then place the design on top. Draw over all the lines with a sharp-pointed pencil. Care must be taken to press only on the lines of the design, otherwise the carbon may smudge the fabric.
- Trace directly onto fine transparent fabric such as organdy, nylon or silk, by placing the design underneath the fabric and tracing over the lines with a soft pencil.
- On very coarse or textured fabric, it is difficult to work with. In this case, trace the drawing onto fine tracing paper, baste the paper in position on the fabric, then carefully mark over all the lines of the design with small Running Stitches. The drawing can be torn away before the embroidery is begun. Remove all basting stitches after the completion of the embroidery.
Source: Coats & Clark's Book No. 144; Learn How to Embroider (1963)
Update: Press 'n Seal Technique: Here's a nifty alternative that is ideal for transferring the vintage patterns found here on Tipnut. A square of plastic wrap is placed over design, trace pattern with a Sharpie then place over fabric. After completing needlework, carefully pull plastic away.