One of my friends, De, asked the other day if there was a simple way for printing onto fabric.
Well, that got me thinking because it's something I've tried in the past and failed dismally with and I really wanted to have another go at it.
We won't all have the same printer, and our reasons for printing on fabric may also be different - printing a 'picture' onto calico or linen for embellishment is not the same as printing an embroidery design on fabric because you wish to stitch it. And that's what I wanted to do.
As I was researching some pinterest/blog links for De to look at I came across one thing I hadn't thought to try - explanation when I get to that step. So this morning I put everything else aside and drew up a little design to play with...
I didn't want the design to print in black, and that's the colour it stays when I scan it in, so I drew it in pink first, and then green. The pink was way too pale when I scanned it, but the green was perfect...
Once I had the design scanned, I added it to a Word document.
The next step was to cut a piece of fabric slightly smaller than an A4 piece of paper, and a piece of freezer paper the same size as the fabric..
I fused the fabric to the freezer paper, and then I taped the fabric onto a heavier than usual piece of A4 paper...
This was the key thing I discovered on one of the many pinterest and blog pages I looked through - using masking tape to secure the fabric around all four sides!
My printer has never worked with fabric in the past, but changing to a heavier paper and the masking tape gave me the success I'd been after for ages....
The design printed perfectly!
I printed two of them onto my fabric because I still had another question of my own to answer.
Will the ink run when the fabric is washed??
I removed the masking tape, peeled away the freezer paper, and cut the fabric into two separate blocks so I could wash one.
Yes, there was a difference, but no, the ink didn't run!
The green softened, and faded a little bit...
I'm really happy with this, so I've added some lovely Tilda fabric as a border, and I'm going to stitch the design this afternoon.
Drop by the blog tomorrow and see how it turns out.
Or maybe you want to try this yourself?
Be blessed and download my free 'make do and mend' stitchery, which includes the tutorial, HERE.