Making a photo blanket is a way to enjoy a great photo in a different way. Photo blankets can be made by printing directly onto an iron-on transfer paper with an ink-jet printer, printing directly onto fabric that can be made into a blanket, creating a custom cross-stitch pattern to hand embroider onto a blanket, or having a custom blanket woven from an online company. This article will briefly explain the steps to help you create a blanket featuring your photos.
Choose your photo. You should choose a high-contrast, high-resolution photo that clearly shows the subject.
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Order a photo blanket online. This is the simplest method for a unique, professional and durable product that doesn't require you to have skills. A number of options are available, from fleece to woven. For a comparison of ready-made photo blankets, click the "Ready Made Photo Blankets" link below.
Use iron-on transfer paper. This material is not for use with laser printers, as they generate heat to form the image. Using an ink-jet printer, you can print directly on special purpose iron-on transfer paper that you can apply to a blanket. Iron-on transfer paper for use with ink-jet printers is available at most craft stores. You can search for the lowest price using a shopping site such as Froogle.com.
Print directly on fabric with your ink-jet printer. Using fabric squares designed to be fed through your ink-jet printer, you can print your image directly onto the fabric. You can then sew the square onto a blanket or use multiple squares to create a photo collage or mosaic quilt. For more information, see the "Computer Printing on Fabric" article from Quilter's Review in the Resources section.
Print out your own cross-stitch pattern using a photo. With software such as PCStitch, you can use your photos to generate cross-stitch patterns that you can use to embroider on any fabric. For more information, see the "PCStitch Cross Stitch Software" link below.