In keeping with my never ending quest to ruin my printer, I have for you today … How to Print on Fabric.
This is part one in a two part post on an easy Easter craft I have for you. This particular technique however can be used for just about anything.
You think printing on wood was dangerous? This is just as dangerous.
Before reading any further you might want to consider taking a deep breath and centring yourself so you’re better able to cope with the very powerful information I’m about to bestow upon you. At the very least get those handcuffs out of your underwear drawer and keep ’em handy.
Once you learn how to do this you may just need to lock yourself up.
Here we go!
Inkjet Printer (this is the one I use and can guarantee works for this)
Fabric (I used burlap) which was a pretty bold choice. Thin cotton would be easier to work with.
Step 1. Place a piece of freezer paper, waxy side down, onto the wrong side of your fabric. Iron. The freezer paper will stick to your fabric.
Step 2. Place standard sized printer paper on top. This is so you know how wide to cut your fabric. Anything wider than 8″ won’t work for most inkjet printers. It can be longer than a standard sheet of paper, just not wider. Using your computer paper as a pattern/guide, cut your fabric.
Step 3. Take the computer paper off, flip the fabric around and you now have the piece of fabric you’re going to print on. The freezer paper will be stuck to the wrong side of the fabric, and the right side is ready for printing on.
Step 4. The freezer paper acts as a stabilizer for your fabric. Feed it into your printer, like you would regular paper.
Step 5. Press print!
It took me a few tries to get the fabric to feed through the printer so don’t be discouraged if this happens. I was also printing on burlap which is thicker than many fabrics. If your fabric doesn’t feed through see if your printer has settings for different thicknesses of paper. Some do, some don’t. Sometimes putting a small stack of regular printer paper behind the fabric/freezer paper helps as well.
The freezer paper can be used over and over again. Just carefully peel it off the back of your fabric and iron it on your next piece. If you’re working with burlap and are planning to sew it, it’s best to leave the freezer paper on though because it helps stabilize the fabric while you’re sewing and stops the edges from fraying. Just peel away once you’re done sewing.
The quality is shocking. You will be shocked.
And yes, it is exactly as easy as it seems.
Come back tomorrow to see what I turned this bunny on burlap into.
And break out the handcuffs.
(note: It just occurred to me that it may be possible to print on fabric wider than 8″ if the fabric is a thin cotton by folding the fabric in half or thirds and running it through for printing. Once done, unfold and voila. Wider fabric.)