How to Print on Fabric

How to Print on Fabric

With a website full of great images like The Graphics Fairy, there’s a world of possibilities on how to use them. However, there are really only a few basic techniques that you can use to get them onto your project – and almost all of them require a printer. How you use that printer can be varied in so many ways – and my personal favorite is printing on fabric. I often share projects here on how to use the prints, so I thought it was time to share my step by step method of printing directly onto fabric. (You can find the Vintage Bicycle Graphic HERE.)
There’s a billion and one tutorials out there – but I’ve been doing it this way for years. It gets great results every time, it’s quick & easy, and I always have what I need on hand. Win/win, eh?

DIY Fabric Printing
You’ll need:
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First take your paper and cover your work surface. It’s best to do it outside, because the spray gets everywhere. Once you’re covered, place the sheet of cardstock down and lightly spray over the whole piece.
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Next gently pick up the card stock, place it adhesive side down onto a pre-ironed piece of fabric, and smooth it all down with your hands so it’s wrinkle free. It works best to start from the center and work your way to the edges.
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Then trim around the cardstock with your fabric scissors. Now your fabric is ready to print on!
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Select your image and use the fabric facing the print direction of your computer. {Mine is face down.} After it prints, give it about 10 minutes or so for the ink to dry.

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Then peel the paper off of the cardstock and you’re ready to craft up a storm! If you want the ink to be more permanent, then soak it in a vinegar bath for 5 mins then let it air dry – it sets the ink.
Now you can make pillows…. or flower pins…. or whatever you can dream up!
See ya next week for another Graphics Fairy DIY project! In the mean time, I’d love for you to visit me on my blog at The Shabby Creek Cottage.

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  1. Fleur Wayman says:

    Fabulous – printed a background, and then inserted text, then printed on to paper to check design, then onto fabric using your technique, thank you so much. It was used to make a fabric postcard.

  2. lisa northey says:

    i was beyond the moon planning on what i might do with this method ! —spent lots of time making things and then gave them a vinegar bath—–waaaaaa-most of the ink dissolved away…..wish there had been vinegar to water proportions added.

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