Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tuesday Tutorial ---- Printing on Fabric ---Script Ribbon

Have you been wanting to try printing on fabric in your printer but not sure how to go about it?   Today I have prepared a tutorial for you to show you how easy it really is.    We are going to print some  Script Ribbon.

The first thing you are going to need is some freezer paper.   It is available in 8 1/2  x  11 sheets and also comes in 8 1/2 x  50 ft rolls.   Today I am using the roll because I need a piece 14 inches long for my project.

I am using white muslin for this project.  (Tea-dyed muslin would be great to use,  too.)    Cut a 14 inch long piece of freezer paper.    Now the first thing you are going to do is to iron the freezer paper to your fabric.  
First I lay the freezer paper on top of the fabric and lightly iron it to the fabric.

Turn the fabric over now and iron it from the fabric side.   The reason I do this is because you will usually get bubbles in the fabric and they need to be ironed out.  
Now turn the fabric to the back again and cut the excess fabric away from the paper.   Take your time and do this accurately because you don't want any loose fabric to get caught in your printer as it rolls through it.

With the fabric side up,  using strong pressure iron the fabric again, paying particular attention to the outside edges,   making sure the fabric is completely adhered to the freezer paper.   Now you are ready to start printing.

Next you will need to set your printer for printing your image on the fabric.    Open your printable image up and on the toolbar at the top of the page,  click on file and then print.

Select your printer and then click on properties.  

Select the text and image option and then under paper size,  8 1/2 x 14.   (If you don't have this option on your printer,  you can use the 8 1/2 x 11 option. Your ribbon will just be shorter.)  Then click ok.

Put your fabric into the printer and because of it's length you will probably have to lightly hold the fabric up until it starts feeding into the printer.

Click on the final ok and your printer will start to print your image on to the fabric.   And here is the finished product.

Now with a rotary cutter cut the script strips,  leaving 1/4 inch of white fabric on each side of the script.   This will give you four lengths of fabric ribbon.   Some examples of ways to use this ribbon is for altered art projects,  pillows,  and atc cards.

I want to thank Deena of http://www.ewenmeprintables.com for the use of her  Script Ribbon Printable.  

I have been printing on fabric for over six years now and I highly recommend using one of the Epson Stylus printers. I been using the Epson C88+ for several years now.     Epson's dura brite ink is one of the best on the market.  It is highly resistant to fading.

Be sure and read your printer manual to see if your printer will take the thickness of the fabric.   I have found that if it won't print on cardstock,  it won't print on the fabric/freezer paper.  
I also would not recommend using a printer that feeds paper in from the bottom. 

Jamming the fabric up in your printer is the main thing you want to be careful of.   This seldom happens to me today because I take care to make sure my fabric is tightly adhered to the freezer paper,  especially on all the edges. 

Your printer nozzles will clog up after printing on fabric and you will need to run the printer head cleaner every so often.   I do a lot of printing of black images and I have to clean the heads after every 3rd print.   Color printing doesn't seem to require it that often.


Disclaimer:   Printing on fabric in your printer is at your own risk.


  1. Great tutorial. I also print a lot on fabric and have never had any trouble. As long as one is sure the edges are not frayed and the fabris is clean and smooth. I use a Dell Photo Printer and the results are great also.

  2. Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave today [18 May 02:15am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  3. Bette,
    Thanks so much for this very detailed tutorial..I've SO been wanting to try printing on fabric (even bought an Epson printer!) but was leary to try it :) Now I've just got to give it a go!