Years ago I printed on fabric, and I’ve been wanting to do it again. I decided to put my new Canon printer to the test to see how it would do.
I chose a couple of great images from The Graphics Fairy.
Then, I ironed a piece of scrap drop cloth fabric, and grabbed some of my full page shipping labels.
I made a small slit in the fabric, and tore it so it would fit the 8.5x11 label. Then, I peeled off half of the backing and lined it up so it would be evenly spaced on the fabric, then I peeled of the other half of the backing. Tearing the fabric gets a straighter line then trying to cut it.
Here is the drop cloth attached to the full page label.
Be sure to put the label in the cassette with the fabric face down.
Look how cute this vintage reindeer turned out after I printed it on fabric!
To give the Santa some support and stiffness, I used another piece of label paper cut smaller on the back.
I printed one of my favorite wedding pictures of Jamie and Andy and mounted it on a scrap piece of wood with nail head tacks. I used a cloth to cushion the blow of the hammer.
Here it is displayed on a rustic easel I made. I like the edges frayed a little.
The possibilities are endless for printing on fabric. You could print documents such as wedding or birth certificates. If you like to sew, you could use a photo printed on a pillow.
Gail................this is super. I don't know what I liked more? Learning how to print on cloth or the wedding picture. Loved that. I am going to have to try this. Now I just have to convince my husband we need a new printer. LOL. Thanks for all the inspiration.
Very cool project, Gail. I'm thinking about trying this with my printer. Endless gift ideas!
Sue at Blu
Phenomenal! Oh the things we can do!
Please explain, "label paper." I am wanting to try this but don't know the correct materials used to achieve this. I live in a rural community and, other than WalMart, we have no specialty supply stores. Is label paper available @ WalMart? Beautiful graphics and projects as well! Thanks for sharing!!
Label paper is like address labels, but the sticker covers the entire sheet of paper (8.5x11) It's one very large sticker. They are available at walmart.com, they are called "full sheet labels".
Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment.
I've had trouble printing on anything but printer paper!
I tried printing on book pages the one time I tried. But man! If I could print on fabric AND. GET. IT. RIGHT. Whoa! the sky would be the limit... I can think of a bah-jillion things to do with it... (with the help of Pinterest and MRL of course)
I would think it would work with two sided interfacing. Put the interfacing on the material and iron, it would make it very smooth to feed through the printer. That way you could just iron it on a pillow or whatever.
God Bless and have a Merry Christmas..
Great idea to use the shipping labels to hold the fabric. Thanks for the tutorial Gail.
Will this work on an Epson artisan printer?
I'm sorry Becky--I have no idea if it will work with your printer. Please use caution and good judgement if you're unsure.
They all turned out so great!! Again... you continue to inspire me Gail.
They turned out great. I am going to have to try this!
This is so cool Gail! My favorite part is that you used the sticky label paper, genius!! Pinned!
Gail, I recently have done a few projects like this myself, only I ironed freezer paper to my fabric rather than use the labels. I wonder if it would feed easier using the labels? I had some trouble with the fabric not wanting to feed through. I'll try labels! Here's a link to my printing on fabric project if you want to take a peek.
I love your santa!
Adina @ Simply Country Life
How cute is that! I love it!
I can't believe it's been four years since you posted the other tutorial about printing on fabric. Holy Moly!
oops! my bad! it's only been three years. 🙂
but my how time flies!
The photos turned out beautifully! I love the wedding photo idea, wha what a great gift! I am definitely going to try printing on fabric using a label now!
Love the way they turned out! I've never tried this but I think I'm going to need too! 🙂
Wow! This is SO cool! I have to try it!! What kind of fabric is that? Is there a name for it. I love it!
I used drop cloth fabric. It's my favorite! lol
This is how I made my santa pillows and I love it! Your pics came out great!
I know! I loved your little pillows. I first did this four years ago, and this printer worked so much better than my old one did. It fed through every single time without fail. I struggled with it a lot when I did it in 09. Gotta love modern technology!
You can, also, iron the shiny side of freezer paper to fabric so it can be fed into a printer. Either way, it is a great effect.