Saturday, June 6, 2009

Inkjet Printing onto Fabric Tutorial


To print your own fabric on an Inkjet printer you will need:


1. Inkjet Printer (for this tutorial I used an all-in-one, but you could use a separate scanner if you don’t have an all-in-one)
2. White paper.
3. Cotton fabric (thin is best)
4. Fine marker pen.
5. Scissors.
6. Masking tape.
7. Spray mount.
8. Spray lacquer.
9. Newspaper.

Step One:
Draw your design onto the top corner of a sheet of plain white paper with your marker pen.

Step Two:
Place image into the scanner part of the printer, and use the colour copy function to print straight out.

Step Three:
Lay copy next to first in the repeat position that you want. Use masking tape to fix into position. Slice far edge to match the edge of the original sheet, you want it to fit into the scanner properly else you will get dark shadows it the sheet doesn’t lay completely flat inside the frame on the machine. Copy again.

Step Four:
Lay second copy on original & repeat step three.

Step Five:
Repeat step three again.

Step Six:
Repeat step three for the last time.

Step Seven:
Put complete sheet into scanner & copy for one last time so that you have a neat sheet to copy onto fabric from (you can skip this step if you want)
BUT place full sheet back into scanner ready to print fabric from.

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Step Eight:
Lay fresh sheet of blank paper onto fabric & cut out 1 1/2” bigger than the sheet of paper all round.

Step Nine:
Lay out newspaper to protect your surfaces, and spray Spray Mount all over top side of the sheet of paper.

Step Ten:
Smooth fabric down over sticky side of paper.

Then cut neatly round side so that fabric matches the paper.

Step Eleven:
Lay fabriced paper down on paper tray in printer with the fabric side whichever side up/down that your printer prints out on.

Step Twelve:
Hit print/copy & wait for your newly printed fabric to print out!

Step Thirteen:
Peel paper backing from fabric and place back on newspaper and use Spray Lacquer to seal ink onto fabric.
Not sealing it will result in the ink running if it gets wet.

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Then print away on all your favourite background fabrics & make what ever you want with it.


WindandHoney said...

Thank you for this helpful information.

GrumblebeeDesigns said...

I had NO idea that you could do this!! Great Tutorial!

Kiwi's World said...

is there a particular kind of spray laquer you prefer? one that doesn't make the fabric too stiff?

Anonymous said...

Can you use any kind of spray lacquer? Where do you get it? Thank You!

Liz said...

Hi Kiwi's World & Anonymous!
I use millinery sizing spray laquer, I by it at Manny's Millinery where I live in NYC its for stiffening hats and to help protect them against weather conditions.

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