How to Print Fabric


With an inkjet printer you can print out a fun image or piece of artwork out onto a sewing project. All you need is an inkjet printer with water resistant ink and a roll of wax paper. You can use your computer to add great images to your quilts, hand bags, t-shirts. The options are endless.

Things You'll Need

  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Wax paper
  • Iron
  • Inkjet printer
  • Pick the image that you want to put on your fabric. Make sure to size it down to fit on the piece of fabric and that it is a high resolution image. The higher the resolution, the better it will look printed out.

  • Cut your fabric down to size. A little smaller than 8.5 by 11 inches is best. You may want to leave it a little bigger at first since once it is attached to the wax paper you will need to cut it down again.

  • Cut your wax paper. Make sure that it is bigger than your piece of fabric. You want a piece that you can easily secure to the fabric without bubbling.

  • Lay the wax paper plastic side up and lay the fabric on top of it.

  • Iron both layers together. Use just heat to iron the two pieces, not steam. Make sure that the two pieces are firmly attached to each other and that they are ironed flat and have no bubbles or creases in the paper. These things will cause problems when you are printing on the paper.

  • Trim the excess fabric and paper off the sides. Make sure there are no strings hanging off the paper.

  • Load the fabric and paper sheet into the printer. Make sure that the printer will print onto the fabric side of the sheet.

  • Print your image.

  • Wait for the ink to completely dry onto the fabric. This will only take a few minutes.

  • Carefully peel the fabric away from the wax paper. You now have a finished image on your fabric.

  • Iron the fabric again to set the ink. You can also wash the piece and iron it to remove all the extra ink in the fabric and set it.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't try this technique with other kinds of printers. This only works with inkjet printers. Other kinds of printers get to hot for both most kinds of fabrics and the wax paper, and can cause permanent damage to the printer.

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