How to Print on Fabric
Some of you guys may know that one of my favorite crafting techniques is printing on Fabric! I love how professional the fabric looks when the images are printed directly on it…the quality is truly amazing! Even though it’s super easy to do, you can’t just pop the fabric right into your printer, you will need to stabilize the fabric or it will jam your printer. I’ve shared several different methods on my blog and I decided to round them all up in one place, I’m also including some links to a couple of my friends blogs, who also have fabric printing techniques and I’ll include a bonus tip at the end that you won’t want to miss!
1) Spray Adhesive Method This is a tutorial that my pal Gina Luker wrote here on my site. It’s a fun and quick method that only requires a few supplies.
2) Freezer Paper Method This is a post that I wrote recently. I believe this technique is probably the least expensive method, providing that you can find Freezer Paper where you live. It’s readily available in the U.S., but not so easy to find in some international countries.
3) Label Method This is the method that I use most often, because it’s the fastest! This tutorial was written by Gail from My Repurposed Life, she has lots of clear photos so you can really see how nice the printing looks on the fabric!
4) Printable Fabric Sheets This is a great method to start with, especially if you are nervous about putting things in your printer, other than paper. This is a fool proof, no worry product and there is a project and printable included on the post.
5) Photo Fabric Printing Solution For this technique my friend Beckie, from Infarrantly Creative, shows you how to make a homemade solution to apply to your fabric, before printing it. I have not tried this technique myself, but it looks like it’s an optimal method when printing Photographs on fabric.
6) Professional Printing with Spoonflower Ok, you can’t actually use your home printer for this one but, if you haven’t discovered this site before, it’s really cool! This one is the most expensive, it’s a company that prints the fabric for you. You just upload your design, choose your fabric and they mail it to you! What’s great about this is, you can print much larger sizes, since they can print on a whole yard. So you can cover chair seats or make huge pillows, something that you can’t do with an 8 1/2″ by 11″ piece of fabric. (Although you could always sew that smaller piece of fabric to a larger one, but that might not always be the look that you want.) I have tried this service myself, with great results!
7) How to Set your Ink This is a bonus tip from Gina. In this tutorial she shows you a cheap and easy way to set your ink, in case the ink you use is not waterproof. My inkjet printer uses waterproof ink, so I’ve never tried this personally, but Gina swears by it! She also shows you how to make a cute pillow in the same post!
Just so you know, I believe all of these were done with inkjet printers. I hope you enjoy these fun tutorials for printing on fabric!