Printing on Fabric {Tutorial}

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

This is so much easier than what I had in mind. I am not sure why I thought it would be really time consuming as I have never really researched how to do it. Until my latest collaborative project - it will involve printing on fabric - and I am SO happy I bothered looking into it. It is easy, and fun - and you get to totally customise your work!



This is a quick tutorial - the pictures tell it all really. What you need is:

  • A Bubble Jet Set 2000 solution (I bought mine in the UK at Rainbow Silks)
  • Some freezer paper (bought also at Rainbow Silks)
  • A printer
  • And some fabric (I used some Kona Bone and Flame)


Leave the fabric in the Bubble Jet Set 2000 solution for 5 minutes

Let it dry

Iron it on some freezer paper (on the shiny side)

Feed into your printer (hoping yours is less dusty than mine)

Here we are

Have to take into consideration to carefully remove the paper

Playing around with my new printed fabric
Easy right! Now the options are endless, expect a lot of printing my own fabric from now on!
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28 comments:

  1. Hahaha! See? I told you it was awesome, and addicting. I'm so glad you are enjoying it! Thanks for the tute, I was buying my sheets pre-made so this is even Better!

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  2. I've read up on this before....but not yet dared to try it in my printer. I guess you could make some awesome texty fabric using this method.

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  3. Wow! Easy peasy eh?
    I've so got to do this - thanks for the links :)

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  4. wow, who would have thought it was so simple!

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  5. Thanks for sharing Nat, I like to try this!

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  6. Wow! you make it look so easy. I have to try it.

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  7. Thanks for the how-to Nat.. I've wondered about this but have been too chicken to try it. :D

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  8. I had no idea this was possible - very cool!

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  9. What a fun thing to discover :O).

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  10. Glad you're printing on fabric! It's can be addictive and so fun to make your own personal labels!

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  11. I love this project! So there will be a printed part?! I saw the pic on Twitter and I think you are on the right track..! Caterina

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  12. I love this, it will be perfect for the TARDIS phone cover I've been wanting to make. A lot nicer looking than trying to sew a tardis, being the novice I am.

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    1. Bubble jet is for inkjet printers..really does work great and easy too. I've made several quilts scanning children's artwork and it washes well (many, many times) too although I did use the rinse agent also.

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  14. Wonderful Idea! Thank you!
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  15. I have been making my labels like this for years - love it, so easy

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  16. I have been nervous that everything will jam up in the printer. Any issues with this?

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    1. I did not have that problem - it is not that thick and the fabric is stuck to the paper. try it!

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  17. I have been printing labels for some time using clip art for borders and designs. Recently the recipient of one my quilts advised me the picture had washed away, I haven't been using the bubble jet solution but have used the special printer fabric at times. Not sure if that was what I used on the one that washed away so check by doing a sample before putting it on/in a quilt. I'm buying the bubble jet solution first chance I get.

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  18. Is there any way to do this on a piece of fabric that's larger then the sheet of paper?

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    1. Question 2 - Do you think it will work with fabric already printed on?.... Will the bubble jet ruin the color of the fabric?

      I'm thinking of having my wedding invitations screen printed on handkerchiefs, but if I could print on them with my printer it would be much easier. I have a 12x12 printer that I could use so I think most of them would fit on a sheet of freezer paper, but they already have color/design around the edges and are sewn.

      Okay last question - Do you think this would be too thick for the printer also?

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  19. Hey Brittany - what a cool idea... I could not print through my home printer on a piece of fabric that is larger than a sheet of paper - but maybe in a printer that prints A3 that would be fine.

    I think it would be fine to print on fabric that has already got printing on it - depending on the quality I would think, probably best to try and play with it.

    As for the seams of the handkerchiefs, they may block through the printer - maybe iron them flat as well as you can?

    Would love to know if it works!

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  20. I use this as well and keep a full sheet of printed labels by my sewing machine. This stuff is great!

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  21. I want to thank you for your tutorial for printing on dressmaking fabric! I will be trying this for myself and am really excited at all the possibilities!

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  22. Is that an inkjet printer or laser printer?

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  23. I've been using this product for years. There is enough for SEVERAL projects. It's the ONLY way my quilts have gotten labels :)

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