Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Printing on Fabric Using Freezer Paper...

~ please read all instructions before you begin ~

Cut a piece of freezer paper at 8.5" x 11" 

Iron the shiny side face down on a piece of muslin.

Once the paper is attached to the muslin, trim the muslin to the same size as the paper, 8.5" x 11".

Be sure to check for stray threads and trim away any excess fabric that isn’t bonded to the freezer paper along the edges.

Place the fabric sheet in the paper tray of your printer, it’s best to have some other paper below the fabric sheet – it just helps the fabric sheet to feed thru better.

Now, print your image.

You’ll probably have to play with the settings on your printer to achieve the quality you’re after. Once you figure out what works best, I suggest that you write it down so you’ll know for next time.

Once the fabric is printed, let it sit for a minute or two until the ink is dry. Gently peel away the freezer paper backing.

A Note About Ink:
Some inks for inkjet printers are not colorfast so you’ll need to test that out, you don’t want your project ruined if it should get wet.
I use an Epson printer and Epson Durabrite ink which is permanent. I’ve even washed the printed fabric and it still looks great!

A Note About Freezer Paper:
Freezer paper is found in most grocery stores in the same aisle as foil, plastic wrap, etc. Make sure it says FREEZER paper. Do not use wax paper, it’s not the same thing and wax paper won’t work.
I like to use pre-cut 8.5”x11” sheets of freezer paper. It really saves some time. I buy mine from www.cjenkinscompany.com They also have pre-treated printable fabric and fabric sheets.

The Fine Print:
I have never had any problems using this method of printing. However, I will NOT be responsible for any damages that may occur to your printer by using this method of printing. If you follow these directions you are printing at your own risk.

The images being printed for this tutorial are from www.EweNmePrintables.com

Thanks for joining us again!
Deena Davis