30 May 2014

How to Use Inkjet Fabric Sheets


Little Darlings Pillow.


   Inkjet fabric sheets allow you to print an image of your choice from your computer onto fabric.  They come in packs of five or more and rolls where you can cut off the length that you want.  The fabric is pre-treated to allow the computer ink to "take" to the fabric without smudging.  It is adhered to a paper background to allow it to feed through your printer.  In some cases, heat setting with an iron is required afterwards, so it can be washed.  Refer to the manufacturers instructions.

For this tutorial, I have used EQ Printables Inkjet Fabric Cotton Roll.  I find this is superior quality cotton which prints well and you can cut it to the length you want. It does not require heat setting.  There are inkjet silk fabric sheets, cotton lawn and other types.  You may want to research these, depending on the project you are making. 

I find that inkjet 100% cotton sheets work the best and suit the type of projects I do.  I use them mostly for textile art and collages.  They are great for printing photographs on. NB:  My  printer is a Canon Pixma iP4500 which has a rear tray and a cassette for paper feed. 



HERE'S HOW TO DO IT! 

 

Step 1.

*  Choose your image or images!  You will need to size it to suit your project in a computer program like Adobe Photoshop or another photo editing program.   
NB:  Allow some space around the outside of your image/s for cutting out and folding under if you want to applique it to the background. 

The maximum size (allowing borders) should be within the size of the inkjet fabric sheet (usually 8 1/2" x 11").  If using a fabric sheet roll, the width will be the same but the length is adjustable as you can cut to the length that you want.  Read the instructions included with the inkjet roll.

Step 2.

*  Do a "test print" on paper first to make sure you are happy with the size and quality of the image.   
NB:  When you print your fabric sheet, it has to be placed on the feeder tray at the back of your printer not in a cassette.  It won't feed through properly if you put it in there and will make a mess of your printer!

Paper test print-note lots of space on outside of image  to allow for seams when stitching.

Step 3.

*  Make sure there are no loose threads coming off the edge of the fabric sheet and place it in the rear tray  of your printer.
 
*  Click on "Print" and "Properties".  Select the size of the paper as 8 1/2" x 11".  Select Black and White or Color. .....
*  Ensure you select Paper Source as from 'Rear Tray.'
*  For quality selection choose 'normal.'    
*  Click 'PRINT.'

Step 4.

*  Follow the instructions with your inkjet fabric manufacturer as to a drying and soaking time before use.
*  For EQ sheets, peel off the plastic backing then to soak the sheet in room temperature water for 10 minutes.  I find a metal baking tray is good for this process.

Peel off plastic backing

Soak in water
Step 5.

 * Remove the fabric sheet from the tray and roll gently in a dry towel to remove excess water, then lay flat to dry. 
*  Iron on medium heat on the back of the sheet.  Your fabric sheet is ready to use!
*  Please follow care instructions from the manufacturer regarding washing.  

Ready to cut and use in your project



My EQ Inkjet Fabric Roll was purchased here.  (Australian supplier).

*Tutorial on My Little Darlings Pillow here.   

2 comments:

  1. i had absolutely no idea you could do this. no idea! hmm i'll have to have a think of what i can create now :)
    how cool ! Thanks for linking up for #sundaybrunch x

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    1. The sky really is the limit with these! They look great in color too, so have fun creating. I have more projects coming soon. x Wendy

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