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8/26/08

"Tuesday's Tutorial"-How to print on fabric

Whoever thought the printer could be so useful to fabric?! I am sure that us crafters never thought that one day we would be using our printers for crafting. Atleast I never did! I would love to thank the individual who figured out how-to-do just this task! I actually think my printer sees more fabric now than paper....hehehehehehe. I use it to print out sayings, images, and best of all, those doodles that I will make into stitcheries! I just set the ink on a very light print for them.

I hope you enjoy & please share some pictures of your creations for us to see on your blogs! We all love EyeCandy!!!!

"How to Print on Fabric"
Supplies:
*Freezer Paper
*Scissors
*Muslin
*Iron
*Sheet of printer paper (or ruler)


Step 1: Gather your Supplies
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Step 2: Take your muslin, lay it out flat and trace around your printer paper onto it. Now cut out your fabric. It should be the same size as your printer paper, or slightly smaller. Larger will not work, so make sure it is just slightly smaller than your piece of paper. Now, you will also trace your printer paper again, but onto your freezer paper, making it the same size as your printer paper. Cut out both your fabric and freezer paper.
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Step 3: You are now going to "fool" your printer into thinking it is printing onto paper! What you need to do is take your iron, set it on hot with NO steam. Take your freezer paper and with SHINY side up, place your fabric onto it. They should be an almost perfect fit. Now iron your muslin onto the freezer paper. They will adhere to one another. That is the reason for the shiny side being up, as this side sticks to your fabric. I just work the hot iron around the fabric checking the edges to see if it is stuck together. This doesn't take long.
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Step 4: Once your fabric and paper are one. You are now going to feed this into your printer as you would any piece of printer paper. Just remember as to which side your printer prints onto, as you see mine goes in upside down.
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Step 5: Now the fun begins, printing onto your fabric! Choose whatever now it is that you wanta print onto your fabric. You can print out vintage images, sayings, quotes, doodles...the sky is the limit! And all you need to do is hit....PRINT! Your printer will feed your fabric thru just as if it were printing onto paper!
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Step 6: Pull your fabric from the freezer paper. Now you can cut or tear away your images, stitch your doodles, or make them into small pillows, etc. The sky is the limit!!!! Enjoy your new found love for the printer!
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Here is one of my creations using my printed fabric.
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6 comments:

  1. I have read about this method before but seeing it in pics is so much nicer! Thanks for sharing - now I will try it!!

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  2. Thanks so much for your tutorial - I've always wanted to try this!!

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  3. Holy cow! just found your blog.. LOVE IT! I'll add you to my favorites soon..

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  4. I never thought about doing my stitcheries this way!!! Where were you 300 stitcheries ago!? LOL
    I love using the printer this way and have even put wool through mine. You can see a pic of some items I made using the printer on my blog! Thanks Char for your tutroials!!! They are aslot of help!
    HUGS~judy

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  5. Char..I have been in such a slump and reading your blog has really been a pick me uppper... My niece just lost her grandma( my sil) ..I think I will make her a pummpkin like this...so cute..maybe one for me too! Your blog is so inspiring and helps me in more ways than you know., cindy

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  6. OMGosh!! I have SO been wanting to figure out HOW TO do this hehehe Wow thanks so much for sharing :) Cant wait to try it!!
    Love your blog :)
    And Thanks hehehe
    Hugs
    Donna

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