Thursday, September 5, 2013

Printing On Fabric -- Update

It has been awhile since we posted about how to print on fabric.   This is an update on my method for printing on fabric.

Up until recently,  I used precut freezer paper to iron to my fabric.   This is a good option but I am now using an even better one.

I had heard that you could use sticky labels as a backing for your fabric when you do your printing on fabric but had never tried it.

Since I finally tried it,  this has been my go to method for printing on fabric.

So here is a little tutorial on using printer label sheets.

First here are the labels I use.   Even though these say laser labels they work perfectly well in my ink jet printer.   They are single sheet labels that are 8 1/2 in. x 11 in.   I found them on Amazon for around $23 for a box of 100.   They do have smaller amounts but if you do a lot of printing like I do,  this is more economical

Get your fabric ready for printing. --    This is what the back of the label looks like.

Peel the backing off the label sheet and place it on the back of your fabric. Smooth the label with your hands on the back and then turn it over and smooth the front down,  too,  to make sure you don't have any wrinkles in the fabric.

Trim the excess fabric away from the label.   I use my pinking shears for this as it helps to keep any stray fibers from the fabric from getting into my printer.

Here an example of one of my printing projects.

These labels can be used over and over again.   I get between 5 to 9 uses before I throw the label sheet away.   Just make sure you do a good job of smoothing the label down tight to your fabric.

My printer will print up to 44 inches long.    I have been doing some 14 inch long prints lately.   I cut the extra length I needed to total 14 inches from another label.
Attach the full size label to the back of your fabric.  Add the additional piece of label right next it.   Now tape across the edges of the labels where they meet with scotch tape.   This step is important to keep the fabric rolling smoothly through the printer.   The red arrow is pointing to where I added the extra length of label.

If you have been having problems trying to print with freezer paper backing,  give this a try.   You will be surprised at how quick and easy it is to do.

Thanks for visiting to day,