Saturday, October 9, 2010

Printing on Fabric

…the frugal mama way!

I found this great tutorial for printing on fabric via www.instructables.com

If you’ve never been to this site, you have got spend some time on there. Anything you want to try (or didn’t even realize that you wanted to try) is there.

Now, I realize that there are special papers that you can buy for printing on fabric, but why purchase those expensive supplies when you can simply use….drumroll… freezer paper!?

That’s right. Good ol’ freezer paper is the key!

Ready to get started?

Here are your materials:

favorite fabric
roll of freezer paper
paper cutter
fabric scissors
ironing cloth
hot & dry iron
ink jet printer


1. Cut 8.5 x 11” sheets of freezer paper.

2. Using a hot & dry iron, place the shiny side of the freezer paper facing the wrong side of your fabric. Cover with an ironing cloth (clean piece of cloth) and press, moving slowly across each edge.


3. Cut your new fabric/paper combo to fit the 8.5 x 11” paper. This is to ensure that you don’t have any loose strands of thread that could get caught in the printer.


4. Get the type ready on your computer.


5. Place your fabric/paper combo in the printer – fabric side down. (actually, it depends on what type of printer you have…mine goes face down!).


7. Voila! You have a new crafty custom piece to play with!



Here are my letters…



I used them to make this bunting (aka banner) for my shows this summer!



If you would like the full tour video of this tutorial, just go to the instructables video link here.

Have fun with your new custom projects and be sure to show me what you've created!



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3 comments:

Angela said...

rockin!!!
what program did you use to make the letters?

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

How great that banner looks! Thank you for the directions. I'm saving them and hope to use this tutorial soon. laurie

sweet european dreams said...

I used Word - the ONLY program that I know how to use besides Excel!

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