How to Print on Fabric – Freezer Paper Method

How to Print on Fabric – Freezer Paper Method
How to Print on Fabric Freezer Paper Method

Today I’m sharing a fun way and economical way to print on fabric, using your home Inkjet Computer! I think this is probably the cheapest method of all. I call it the Freezer Paper Method because … it uses Freezer Paper … and also because … I’m super creative like that when it comes to thinking up names for various craft methods. ;)

Use Freezzer Paper to Print on Fabric

I thought I would show you a photo of the Freezer Paper, because I know in other parts of the world, it might be called something else, so I thought this might help. In case you’re not familiar with it, it’s paper that’s used to wrap up food in order to freeze it. It’s shiny on one side and dull on the other. As you can tell my box is about 200 years old … I guess I don’t freeze a lot of stuff. :/

Anyway, this method is super easy, just follow the steps below!

Printing on Fabric with Inkjet Printer

Step 1: Start with a freshly ironed piece of fabric. ( I like to print on Canvas Drop Cloth, because it takes the ink beautifully, and you can get a lot of fabric for the money, it also goes nicely through my printer). Cut out a section of freezer paper, approximately 8 1/2″ by 11″, and iron it (shiny side facing towards the fabric) to the fabric until it adheres nicely.

User your Home Printer to Printon Fabric

Step 2: Trim up the fabric and Freezer paper to exactly 8 1/2″ by 11″. I use a piece of printer cardstock as a pattern, to make sure the size is exact. You could measure it out and draw lines on it instead. Important: Make sure you don’t have any frayed edges, and that the fabric does not overhang the paper! You don’t wanted it snagging in your printer and getting stuck!

How to Print on Fabric

Step 3: Place in your printer. Make sure you have it placed so that the ink prints on the fabric side and not the paper side.

Printer Settings for Fabric

Step 4: Adjust your printer settings. When you hit the print button and get the pop up window, you should have some type of button for “Printer Preferences” click on that and select “Best Photo” and then print. This will put a nice amount of ink on your fabric, for the best quality image.

Fabric Printing DIY

Step 5: Stay right with the printer and guide the fabric through if needed. For some reason it usually takes a few times for my printer to recognize it, it usually sends the fabric through a few times, with out printing,  and I have to keep putting it back in until it decides to accept it. I have no idea why and hopefully yours won’t do that!

Tutorial for Printing on Fabric

Gorgeous right?!! And so easy! The print is amazingly crisp and clear, I just love doing this! You can peel off your Freezer Paper now (I’m told you can reuse it, up to 10 times, so you can save it and iron it on to another piece of fabric. Yay!).  I use an Epson Printer with Pigment ink that’s waterproof. If yours isn’t, you can set it with Vinegar using this Tutorial.

I hope you enjoyed this fun method! If you like the Bird Printable in the photos, you can grab it for free HERE, there’s also a tutorial for a fun project that I made with this!

How to Print on Fabric

And for even more Fun Fabric Printing techniques, be sure and check out our 6 Ways to Easily Print on Fabric Post HERE!

 

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Comments

  1. Great tip about the canvas drop cloth. Thanks for sharing.

  2. thanks you very much for sharing…

  3. Does anyone know if this process works for burlap fabric also

  4. Besides the great tutorial that gives us a good image transfer option, those of us in America now realize we have taken freezer paper availability for granted all these years. Interesting comments from the UK and Australia!

  5. In the past, I’ve used spray starch to stiffen my fabric (light linen) and it passed through my laser printer with no problems.

    Spray with starch, iron dry and repeat about 4 times. It should feel as stiff as paper without the bulk.

    Jo

  6. Love this!! Thank you for the awesome tutorial! This website is a treasure trove. :)

  7. Hi, I have used this method and it works well, but I found one I like even better, I purchased basting spray from the sewing dept at Wal Mart, about $5. Cut out the fabric so it is a little larger than your paper, spray the fabric (make sure it is covered well to the edges) then stick the paper to it and trim the edges to fit the paper, you can smooth it easily, because if you have a wrinkle you just pull up the paper and it sticks right back. When done it just peals off easily. Make sure you have no strings around the edges of the paper. A can should last a long time. I make miniatures and print my own fabric all the time this way. Its faster than the freezer paper.

  8. Will the freezer paper method work on all fabrics ? What about burlap fabric ?

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  10. Jacquelyn Flora says:

    Thanks for this great tutorial – I am going to try this. I had one question for you though – I think we have the same printer Epson Workforce 1100 – it is a wide format. I wanted to try to print a larger than 81/2 X 11 piece. Have you tried something larger as long as the freezer paper and card stock are the same size?

    Also, I print a lot on card stock and my printer takes forever to take up the sheets – it either doesn’t grab it or it shoots it through like you were mentioning. In my experience having it on thick paper and envelopes doesn’t matter much. I wish I could find a good solution for this. If you ever do please share.

    Thanks again.

  11. Thank you, Karen. Ok… Dumb question alert.
    After you’ve printed the letter sized piece of fabric, how do you attach it to a project? I mean… What if you’re project is a table runner? A letter sized piece of fabric would surely look out of place? Or for a shirt? The same holds true. I’m trying to do both of those projects as well as your french typography onto a wooden table. I’m a little overwhelmed with just enough information to get me inspired, but not enough to allow me to get the project started?

  12. I love this!Very Crafty and it sure does come out crisp and clear!

  13. Can you print the same on legal size?

  14. Thanks so much for great info. I’ve been doing vintage prints onto fabric using a flexible transparent substance that I developed about 12 years ago. It is more expensive than this idea is. I have a board with my pillows with this on Pinterest but I have longed for an expensive dye sublimation printer and heat press for years but couldn’t afford it. I am definitely going to give this a try! I hate the iron on transfers which feel crinkly and papery on the fabric. I like to see the fabric through the transfer. My gel substance allows for that but it is time consuming and expensive. Thanks, Thanks, Thanks!
    Alice Hudson Roberts

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