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 just became “friends” with my newest computer. Up until this past weekend they were not on speaking terms. While I worked on getting all that straightened out, I decided to try printing on fabric.
Have you ever noticed these labels when you’re shopping for return address labels? They are full sheets. I have had these for years. I got them from someone when I was still teaching. I used these labels in addition to some leftover drop cloth fabric from various other projects. I peeled the backing off the label, and put the sticky label directly on the fabric. I then 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.
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. That is Louie’s Buddy laying on the floor. 😉
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?
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.
I love the way the image looks on the drop cloth fabric!
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.