Sunday, July 29, 2012

Fabric Printing w/Border

After tons of emails asking me to share how I got the image of my radio cards onto fabric, here it is.  












So, how did I turn my radio cards into this,





and this?






There are multiple methods of transferring images to fabric, and I've used MANY over the years, including this one.  I'll probably share a few more, but for now, here's an easy one.

First cut a piece of canvas material, and attached it to peel and stick paper.  It's going to go face down in the printer tray.




This is not a new method of printing on fabric, but I gave it my own twist.  I placed my radio cards face down on the glass.




Then, the decorative background goes face down on top of the cards.




Make a color copy.  This is what you'll get.





Peel the fabric off the paper, and trim the edge to whatever size border you want.



















This method may not work with all printers (I used an inkjet), and since I don't know what type of printer you have, use your own discretion.  If you plan to wash your piece, use a fabric guard to avoid fading.  I'll share a few other methods in the future.


Sharing With:
Thrifty Decor Chick: Before and After
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Homemaker on a Dime: Creative Bloggers

48 comments:

Lesley said...

This is craZy, with a capital Z! I have never thought of putting the fabric through the printer... Knowing my luck, I would jam mine!! lol

Keeping it Cozy said...

That is amazing! I just heard recently of putting fabric through the printer... wow! I love it.

Honey at 2805 said...

That gives printing onto fabric a nice twist, Rosemary! Thanks for the tip!

Heart Vintage Design said...

Love this idea! It looks great too : )

The Feathered Nest said...

I LOVE the idea of using the sticky label paper! I always sprayed regular printer paper with spray adhesive and they flipped it over onto the pressed fabric...and I love the idea of using the copier the with patterned fabric as a background ~ LOVE IT ALL! Thanks so much for sharing Rosemary...xxoo, Dawn

Lorraine said...

Looks wonderful Rosemary! Great tutorial!

Anne said...

Rosemary,
Thank you for sharing.I will see if I can do this on my printer or not.Love that pillow!
xx
Anne

Vintage Rose said...

Absolutely beautiful Rosemary! So creative and great looking.

Janis@All Things Beautiful said...

You, my dear...are BRILLIANT! I love this idea, and my head is swirling because the way you copied the fabric. You've inspired me once again...<3

June said...

These pillows are so lovely Rosemary! Thank you for the great tutorial!

Heaven's Walk said...

Brilliant, Rosemary! Thanks for sharing another one of your creative ideas! :)

xoxo laurie

Pam Altschwager said...

Thanks for sharing Rosemary. Brilliant idea. Pam

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Great idea!.....Thanks for sharing!

Carol

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Ok... I've heard of doing this. But plainly I don't think it would work for me. I couldn't even get book pages to go through my printer.
So, I'm thinking I may not have the right type of printer.
Do you have any suggestions for this? Or perhaps another reader or a link?

thanks so much, Pat

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Rosemary those are awesome!! Oh my goodness you are such a talented gal!
Do you have any ideas on how to make them waterproof?

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

wow you are a star! I love this simple yet beautiful way to create things like your lovely pillow. of course you do pick out good motifs and patterns to put togehter. xo

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

oh and where does one get peel and stick paper? at michaels craft store or where?

Olive Cooper said...

Brilliant I say!

Pamela said...

LOVE this Rosemary!! How do you keep the ink from running if the pillow gets wet from something? Or is that even a worry? I truly love this!

Little Miss Maggie said...

These are beautiful. Where do you get the peel and stick paper? I have been using the spray adhesive with regular copy paper but your way sounds easier. I love your pillows.

Brandi said...

I there was an award for most creative ideas, you would win it! This is soooooooooo clever, Rosemary. Oh the possibilities...

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

Love all your creativeness and everything always looks amazing! What printer do you have? Ours does not copy color for some reason...it will print color, but if I put a color image to be scanned it comes up only as black and white - grayscale.

Anyways, I am looking for a good copier, since this one will only copy if both ink cartridges (black and the color) are not empty.

Blessings & Aloha!
Thank you dear friend for stopping over! We have been in and out of town, but eventually, I will get back in the routine with blog visiting :o)

Angela said...

For Personalized: You might have to go to your printer properties on the computer to set it to color instead of grayscale. Also, some readers might not understand that this printing was done using a scan/copy/print and not a printer alone. Fabric can be ironed to freezer paper cut to fit your copier. I haven't tried canvas, but I think I will. You usually have to feed the sheets in one at a time by hand and not stack in the copier. I have a great HP wireless. They are less than $100.

Ann said...

Your special twist on this is wonderful. I love the idea of copying the border, too. As always, thanks for sharing your great ideas.

Penny said...

I have never printed on fabric, can't wait to try it!! Thank you so much for the info! I love your pillows. Hugs, Penny

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

I just love the print....never thought that you could actually place fabric in the paper tray!.....Beautiful pillow!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

How sweet for you to share your technique!

Cynthia said...

Adding the patterned border? That is just too smart! I just bought a new printer... definitely will be trying this out!

FRENCH LAUNDRY said...

Brilliant! I'm sure my printer would jam, but this is awesome. Congratulations on your Romantic Homes shout out! It is beautiful. YAY!

Hugs,
Judy

lynn said...

you clever, clever girl!! i LOVE this:) tfs!

Lorrie said...

Great idea! They turned out fantastic! I'm pinning!

vikki said...

What a great idea. I am pinning this one.

Kim @ La Belle Époque said...

Thanks so much for sharing this!

Athena at Minervas Garden said...

This is a very cool idea. I would love clarification on what type of printer you used to do this. It wouldn't work with my little printer, I fear.

Karen Bates said...

Wow, you make it sound so simple...I love this, gotta' try it. Not sure I have the right printer but I think I do Just love how those pillow turned out!

Hartwood Roses said...

I am sitting here clapping loudly, applauding your incredible creativity!!! What a totally fantastic idea. I absolutely plan to do this. Thank you VERY much for sharing. You ROCK!!

Jody and Stan said...

Thanks for sharing this tutorial. Congrats on Romantic Homes! So happy for you.


Jody

Faye@The Shabby Cottage Home said...

H Rosemary, I've seen you post this before and I may have commented too. But I thought it was worth another comment. Thank You soo much for your tutorials.
I am going to try this for sure!!
I love your little Rose (lavender) sachets.

lvroftiques said...

How did I miss this? I am sooo all over it! Thank you for sharing your method!...I'm pinning now....Vanna

Barbara Jean said...

thank you!!

hugs and smiles
barb

Sherrie said...

I want to say Thank You for sharing that information. Some bloggers share their secrets and their talents but really it is few. And many people like me appreciate it.

Pendra said...

I have been doing alot of research on printing graphics onto fabric right in the printer. Lots of different methods for attaching the fabric to the paper...but I have never seen scanning the graphic with fabric in the background. What a GREAT idea and I wanted to say thanks for sharing that idea...so sweet!
Crafty Hugs,
Pendra

Becky's Rose Cottage said...

Oh, Rosemary, I am so excited. I did it...thank you so much for teaching me something new...and I have a ton of canvas yardage...I think I was going to make market bags but now I am not so sure. I just love that I get print an image on the canvas...you are so kind for sharing your knowledge. I thank you from the bottom of my heart!!! Many Hugs, Becky,,,

Jehna said...

For those of you wanting to know how to keep your ink from washing out(which it will - completely) here are some products I use on quilt squares I make with my printer: Jacquard Silk Dye Fixative is made for silk, but I found it will also work on cotton and it can be bought in different amounts/sizes. It can be found in the silk painting section of any art store. Jacquard also makes a fixative called iDye for natural fibers, but I have not tried it. In my experience all Jacquard products are excellent, though.

Bubble Jet Set is a fixative you dip your fabric in, then allow to dry completely, prior to printing. After printing, the ink is set by ironing with a DRY iron(no steam!). This is what they do to the printable fabric in the kits you can buy at the fabric store.

Hope that helps

mrsben said...

Great tutorial! Thank you.

Re running fabric through your printer I have done it several times, however find the newer printers are just not as good as the old ones were. With that said, I have added images to ribbon and ran them through a printer which has worked out quite well using just double-sided scotch tape to secure the ribbon to a sheet of printer paper. One of course requires a editing program to set the layout out but with a little patience it can be done. -Brenda-

Becky's Rose Cottage said...

I love that you share your how to with us.It is so kind f you. I copied Ava Maria for my daughter who sang it at a family wedding. It was so beautiful, she is very talented. Sincerely, Beck McBride Wierzbicki

Robin Patrick said...

You just flat out make the prettiest things! I looked at one tutorial and then I just had to look at another one and then another one . . .

Lagene said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I love the idea of placing the fabric over the card for the boarder!