Tuesday Tip: Printing on fabric

Debra Burgin Printing on fabric #1I teased you during last weekend’s Stampin’ Addicts blog hop about my sister’s tip for printing on fabric — not as in screen printing, or stamping with rubber and ink, but real printing through your ink jet printer.  She told me this is done all the time in the quilting world.

I heard this described at a Regionals event last fall, with warnings to thoroughly tape to the card stock all four edges of the fabric lest it get caught in the printer.  My blood runs cold at the thought.  (Although it could be the “feels like” temperature of just 5° outside here.)

The simple secret:  Iron the fabric to freezer paper.  (I used no steam and just ironed until it seemed “done.”)  There’s just enough waxiness in the paper to make the fabric stick, and the paper gives the fabric enough body to make it feed nicely through the printer.  The printed fabric can be used as is (the way I used it on this card) or you can peel the paper off and use the fabric alone.

Please remember that it was my own printer I was risking with the experiment.  If you choose to try this, you’ll do so at your own risk and I am not responsible in any way.  Just had to say it.

My latest piece, above, uses an image from the One Big Sale-A-Bration 2013 Digital Disc, which contains all the SAB products (except for freebies you can get from the Annual Catalog).  If you enjoy digital crafting, this is a must have!  Specifically, this penny-farthing image is part of the Feeling Sentimental stamp set.

I have an idea for the finished product using this piece.  We’ll see if it takes that direction another!


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