Tutorial: Make a Grain Sack Towel with the Citra Solv Transfer Method!

kitchen 04.02.15
I love using Citra Solv, a cleaning agent, to Transfer Images onto Fabric! This is a step by step Tutorial, showing the process, on a Kitchen Towel. You can download the Printable for free on my Blog. #Tutorials
Time: 10 Minutes Difficulty: Easy
This is the towel that I made, along with a matching place-mat!
Step 1: Make a Mirror image of your transfer and have a toner based copy made of it. You will need to find an older copy machine, to find one with toner. Don't go to the big chains, they all use laser.
Step 2: Secure your image in place, by taping it to your Fabric. I used painters tape. Also, place something under it, that has little give to it, like cardboard or styrofoam.
Apply the Citra Solv cleaner, with a brush, or a cotton ball. Don't over saturate!
Burnish the design with a spoon. Press firmly and evenly. And remove the paper when you're done.
After the fabric/towel dries, go over it with an iron to get the excess citra solv out. (I put a towel done under it, to keep the citra solv off of my ironing board cover)
That's it! It's a nice rustic look! Stop by my blog for more details and to grab the Printable!

To see more: http://graphicsfairy.blogspot.com/2010/01/crafty-project-grain-sack-kitchen.html

  • Becky
    Becky Blair, NE
    You're welcome Karen. I thought you'd like to know that.
  • Karen - The Graphics Fairy
    Carol Lindbloom You're welcome!! I hope you have fun with it!
  • Laura Garcia
    Laura Garcia Danville, CA
    Love this idea...and love the graphic Karen! I have saved and pinned this method several times...time to try it out! Any ideas on how to personalize and add my own initials?
  • Karen - The Graphics Fairy
    Thanks Laura Garcia ! Yes, you can use Picmonkey. It's free and fun to use! You can find it at picmonkey.com
  • Laura Garcia
    Laura Garcia Danville, CA
    Thanks Karen. I love Picmonkey and use it all the time to make collages for my blog! I will check it out!
  • Karen - The Graphics Fairy
    You're welcome Laura Garcia !
  • Barb V
    Barb V Charleston, SC
    Karen, thank you and so glad I found you on Hometalk. It took me awhile to find Citro Solve a few months ago. Bought it to try with my students and it didn't work at all. After watching your step by step, we may have put too much on the paper. We will
  • Lois Lee Davis
    Lois Lee Davis Oriental, NC
    What is Citro Solve and where can you purchase it?? Thanks.
  • Karen - The Graphics Fairy
    Hi Barb V Most likely the problem is with the copier that you used. It must be toner based. All the big guys (Office Max, Staples etc) are using laser now, and that won't work.
  • Karen - The Graphics Fairy
    Lois Lee Davis, Citra Solv is a cleaning product. Some grocery store chains carry it, and you can nearly always find it at Natural/Health food stores. You can click the link above to go to my blog for more info.
  • The Treasured Home
    The Treasured Home Fair Oaks, CA
    How will the graphic hold up, going through the washing machine? This has been on my list too. I have yet to try it. 'Bout time!
  • Karen - The Graphics Fairy
    The Treasured Home Yes, I've washed it in the washing machine and it's fine!
  • Kathy R
    Kathy R Sparta, GA
    Love this method - so glad you shared your step by step tutorial!


  • Tone
    Tone Norway
    how genius! But for a person not familiar with what citra solve is. Its propably something else in norwegian. can you articulate? ;)
  • Liliana Wells
    Liliana Wells Jackson, GA
    I want to try this. Thanks for sharing the instructions.
Karen - The Graphics Fairy