Have you wondered about printing on fabric using your home printer? It is pretty easy. First, let me tell you that I do NOT recommend that you put fabric through your high dollar, fantabulous printer. I have an old INKJET printer that I was about to retire. It seemed like the perfect time to figure out how to print on fabric.
Have you ever noticed these labels when you’re shopping for return address labels? They are full sheets. You can tell I have had these for years. I got them from someone when I was still teaching. For this printing on fabric project I used these labels in addition to some leftover drop cloth fabric. I peeled the backing off the label, and put the sticky label directly on the fabric. Then, I carefully cut the fabric out even with the label. I say carefully, because I didn’t want the drop cloth fabric fraying. Something tells me that my printer would not want a bunch of strings invading it.
Apply fabric to full sheet label
I got my graphics at The Graphics Fairy. If you don’t visit there on a regular basis, you’re really missing out on some great images! I am a follower, so I don’t miss a single post! This is not the regular home for my printer. But because I was trying to get it to play nice with my laptop I brought it into the living room and set it on the coffee table.
Carefully feed the fabric and the label sheet through printer
You can see that the ink smudged a little in the corner. Since I was sitting right on the couch while it was printing, I was able to see that it miss-fed slightly and fixed it. But it still smudged. Adds to it’s character, right?
Image printed on fabric using label paper
This shows the image still attached to the paper.
I put some Fray Check around the outside edge of the “frame” on the image. After the Fray Check dried I purposely frayed the edges to get a soft edge. I haven’t decided what I’m doing with this one yet.
Printing on fabric with graphics
This is another graphic I got at The Graphics Fairy.
I’m not sure why I love everything French, but I do!
I love the way the image looks on the drop cloth fabric!
Another! I’m sure there are friends out there that know what these say. I, of course have NO idea!
This was the first image I printed. Something happened there on the right. That was the last edge to come out of the printer. I’m not exactly sure why that happened. I think if I frame it, that part won’t show.
So, there you have it! My way of printing on fabric. I printed all my images out as 8×10 images. I did this in case I decide to frame them.
EDITED TO ADD:
Like this idea of printing on fabric? I also printed on bead board wallpaper. You can see how printed on fabric washes and holds up in the dryer.
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I got this from Kate on Facebook. To make it washable, there’s an easy 2 step process that will “fix” the ink. You use Bubble Jet Set 2000 prior to printing and Bubble Jet Wash after printing. I used it and it does work.