Your Laser or Inkjet Printer Can Produce Wonderful Results!
With so many beautiful fabrics to choose from at the quilt store, it’s hard to imagine why you’d want to print your own. However, your printed designs can add truly special touches to a quilt.
For example, photos are often printed on fabric and added to memory quilts. Or, perhaps you want a special fabric for a particular spot in a quilt and can’t find what you need. You might consider creating your own printed fabric using your home printer.
Lisa Capen does a wonderful job of explaining the printing process, printers, ink, and more in the video below. Plus, she demonstrates her method of printing on fabric using freezer paper. Printing your own fabric is not hard to do and adds another level of creativity to a quilt project.
Just keep in mind that the printed fabric you produce can only be as large as the paper the printer will accommodate, typically 8 1/2″ x 11″. If you don’t have a printer, a local print shop will probably work with you. Take both the prepared fabric and the digital file that you want to be printed on the fabric with you.
Be sure to test the printed fabric before incorporating it into a quilt. Wash a sample as you would the quilt to make sure the colors don’t bleed. All fabrics, printers, and inks are different, so print results and colorfastness may vary.
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Keep in mind that you’re likely to get better results if you remove the sizing by pre-washing fabric before printing.
If you find during washing tests that your printed fabric fades, consider further setting the ink with Bubble Jet 2000. Simply follow the instructions on the bottle.
Lisa provided a PDF to print from. It’s available here. Try it and see how well your printer does with fabric. If that works well, do another test using an image you want to sew into your quilt. Lisa’s file is black and white so it’s especially important to test your image if it’s in color.
Some quilters prefer to use fabric sheets that are designed specifically for printing. EQ Printables Inkjet Fabric Sheets are popular and yield good results. You’ll find them and several other products to choose from here. Be sure to evaluate the drape and feel of the printed fabric while making your selection (check the reviews). Whatever you choose, follow the instructions carefully for the best results.
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