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Sulky Sticky Fabri Solvy for Transferring to fabric

Many factors play a part when considering how to transfer a pattern to your fabric…

…these can include the design, the type of fabric, the color of the fabric, if you have a steady hand, how long the pattern will take to stitch.

My latest pattern consisted of a lot of geometric blocks…

mini jane pattern

As you can see in this sketch, its not something you would want to hand draw on to fabric – it would be very difficult to get accurate.

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The design itself, was an embroidery version of some of the many blocks from the ‘Dear Jane’ quilt by Jane A Stickle.

I have this wonderful book which is just a fascinating read…

Dear Jane: the Two Hundred Twenty-five Patterns from the 1863 Jane A. Stickle Quilt

(US Readers – click here for the book link)

Since the original quilt had 169 blocks there were a lot to choose from.

My 8 inch design contains 36 mini blocks (2cm in size!) This was all really nice and simple when it came to drawing it on graph paper however I soon realised when I wanted to transfer it to fabric this was not going to be possible by tracing!

So I decided it was a job for the magical Sticky Fabri Solvy by Sulky (quite a mouthful I know!). The great thing about this is you can print directly on to it so for more complex designs, it is perfect.

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mini jane pattern

Easy Transfer…

Above is the design printed straight on to the sheet of stabiliser and then stuck on to the fabric ready for stitching.

And here it is part way through stitching…

Stitching can be sticky!

You will find when stitching, that the needle is a bit tougher to poke through the fabric (not enough for it to be a problem) and the needle can get a bit of sticky residue on it as it goes through – you can just clean this off as you stitch.

Its not a product I would choose to use for all my stitching but for thick fabrics and designs like this – the pro’s certainly out weigh the cons!

So we’ll skip forward to after the stitching is all done so you can see how this stuff actually dissolves…

Take a look at this short video and you will see how simple and stress free it is…

Finishing your embroidery…

The important thing is to make sure all the residue has dissolved and no little bits remain as you will have to soak it all over again. Make sure you dry your finished embroidery flat and iron when dry.

After that you can choose to display as you like.

Give Sticky Fabri Solvy a try!

Sulky sticky Fabri solvy is definately a product I would recommend using in the right circumstances.

If you have a complex design, or want to stitch on to felt or thick fabric then I would certainly say it is a good choice.

Where to buy…

You can purchase Sticky Fabri Solvy in packs of 12 or if you just want to give it a try then I sell single sheets in the Stitchdoodles shop.

Make sure you are buying the right product as Sulky sell a variety of stabilsers which can all look the same (!) so make sure it is the ‘Sticky Fabri Solvy’ and not one of the others.

The beautiful Mini Jane design featured in this post is currently no longer available.

Happy Stitching!

Would you like access to the Pattern Library?

I keep my free downloadable files, patterns, and printables in a pattern library which is open to anyone who loves to stitch and  inside you’ll find an array of goodies for you to enjoy and create.

Want to remember this? Post this Sticky Fabri Solvy Hand Embroidery Tutorial to your favourite Pinterest board!


  • Sarah Miller

    I’m so glad you posted this since it makes it SO much easier to print complicated patterns. The issue I’ve found is that my fabric gets ultra wrinkly after rinsing out. I’ve ironed and ironed and used a clover mini iron to get in between spots but the fabric (cotton that I purchased from your shop and LOVE) is never as crisp looking afterwards. If you have any advice to help I’m all ears. Thanks Nicola!

  • Nicola

    Hi Christina. It does stabilize it for stitching but I still find I prefer with the calico as once the sulky is washed off you are left with just the one layer and if you have a busy stitched area and travelling threads on the back it will help with this. It helps support the stitches once the sulky has gone.

  • Christina

    Hi Nicola, did you find that using this product replaces the need to back your stitching with calico stabilizer? I use this product all the time, but my projects have been really basic back stitch and satin stitch. I guess the calico still conceals the traveling threads. Just curious, thank you!

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