Bernina -Circle of Love tablecloth

Project Description

What are you most proud of? My new Bernina 830 did flawless embroidery very quickly. The ring-bearers pillow was also beautiful! One fun addition to the engagement photos ring was a photo of the 4 year old bride in her pillowcase wedding dress her Meema made for her...and the groom with his Batman birthday cake. They loved it! And it was a great conversation piece at the reception. What advice would you give someone starting this project? The only tricky part was using PhotoShop to scan in the photos and convert them all to a similar size and finish (we chose a light sepia finish). I also added a Care label so that the photos would never be ironed.

What you will need

  • Heavy all-cotton tablecloth (to fit reception table and later smaller table at their home for anniversary celebrations)
  • Photoshop
  • photo transfer paper

Q&A with Pam Sews

michailia asked:
Hello Pam, Love this idea. It is so sweet and moving! Thank you for sharing it! May I ask what is "photo transfer paper" please? Never heard of it or how it works. Any brand name I could seek on the net? I live in Greece, Europe and our crafting resources are very limited. Would appreciate your help -even with a US shop address who might ship internationally-. I have a very soft spot on family ties and would love to try something similar, like a framed cloth piece with family photos and embellishments. Thank you!
Pam Sews answered:
Search for "white T-Shirt Transfers" - I've used PrintWorks product #00674 and Hewlett Packard Inkjet T-Shirt Transfer Iron-On #C6049A. Get your photo ready to print (I made all of mine sepia tone using PhotoShop on the computer) and follow the package directions for applying it straight to a cotton/poly (polyester) blend fabric, washed to remove all sizing and no fabric softeners. The important thing to remember is that the fabric transfer CANNOT be ironed again! That will destroy it. The tablecloth I used has to be ironed around the photos... The packages say they can be washed many times, but it has been my experience (and I've heard from friends) that they will fade so handle them gently. You may also be interested in using something very similar: the sheets in the package are actually fabric themselves! I have used two: EQ Printables "premium cotton satin inkjet fabric sheets" from (finer weave and actually a little off-white) and Tailor Sew-In Colorfast Fabric Sheets for Inkjet Printers ( which is a brighter white. You get better detail on a smaller weave. The reason I am mentioning these is because you actually print on a fabric covered sheet of paper - then adhere it to your project. Both are also washable. These are the sizes of a standard sheet of paper (8.5" x 11") and can be cut to fit a quilt block, etc. for a wall hanging... memory quilt... then you can add photo to other fabric that is not mostly cotton. You can "google" search by "photo transfer paper fabric" or you can enter the product. You can search by craft store (Hobby Lobby, Michael's, quilt or sewing shops) or by Office Supply (Office Max, Office Depot, Staples...). You may be able to find a good deal on . Why don't you consider making a small quilt wall hanging? You could hang it for special celebrations, or roll it up and store the rest of the time. I hope you post your project when you're done!
michailia asked:
THANK YOU PAM! Very kind of you to give me such lengthy, detailed information. Truth is I already feel hooked! I own many old family photos both from relatives I never met and other close ones I held very dear and are now deceased. I kind of figured I would love to do a framed piece with photos and little bits and pieces which had belonged to them (such as handmade trims or worn out bits of embroidery and such, which I have saved from the trash bin they had been destined for by female relatives who had "inheritted" them. They gave them to me who is infamous (?) of collecting "rubbish".......or so they say. I know better though, don't we all crafters do? It may take me some time to look for your suggested materials but I feel confident I will find what it takes. Maybe now I know what it is all about I will check with local stores which sell printing materials. Hewlett Packard is a well established company here. I will definitely post when I make a project. Thank you again for your time and kind interest. Most grateful.
Pam Sews answered:
I love that the crafting community is so helpful and sharing, so many have helped me over the years. Soon it will be your turn! Good luck - P
Pam NZ asked:
This is so incredibly special words are beyond me. Thank you so much for sharing.
Pam Sews answered:
I hope you'll make one of your family since you would clearly treasure that. Don't forget to spoil yourself sometimes!

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