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You can download and print our (fake) police fingerprint document
-police fingerprint documents
-black ink (look for something easy to wash off, but any brand should be fine)
-inkjet fabric transfer sheets
-fabric for pillows
-sewing machine (if using)
-iron and ironing board
Step One: Add fingerprints to the document using the black ink. This probably goes without saying, but be careful not to get ink on your clothes or other items before you wash off the excess ink after adding the fingerprints. This part is really fun in a group; I could also see kids really loving this.
Step Two: Once the ink has had a little time to dry, scan the document. Then use a photo editing app or software (I used Photoshop) to add text to the document and also flip so it prints like a mirror image (this is important so that when you transfer to fabric it will appear the right direction so you can read it).
Step Three: Print to fabric transfer sheet(s). Trim if needed. Most fabric transfers encourage you to round the edges of your design as it will transfer a little better that way.
Step Four: Transfer the design to fabric. Follow the directions listed on the package, as different brands may vary some.
Step Five: Use a sewing machine, or you can stitch by hand, to stitch up the edges of the pillow. You want your design to be on the inside so you can flip the pillow inside out before filling. This is the same process as when I made
Step Six: Fill the pillow with Poly-Fil and stitch up the final edge.
If you choose to add your fabric transfer to other items, like a tote (see below) or a sweater, then you can skip steps five and six—making this project no-sew.
The day I took these pillows to our offices and decorated a little with our team I also set up a little “mugshot” area and had everyone get their photo taken to go with their criminal fingerprints. This would also be a fun little thing to do if you’re hosting a Halloween party—especially if it’s got a true crime theme.
Here’s our office “mugshots”:
This was too fun. Thanks for letting me share! And if you use the police fingerprint document, be sure to tag us with #ABMcrafty on IG because we want to SEE your projects! xo. Emma
Credits // Author: Emma Chapman. Photography: Emma Chapman, Trey George, and Jacki Moseley. Document design: Mara Dockery. In case you are curious, the