...printing on fabric...

After my post about my Vintage Circus Pillow I got a load of questions about how to print on fabric...so I decided I'd share my secret...which, by the way, is absolutely no secret at all...but it makes me feel cool to pretend it is...

This is all you do: (the next few paragraphs are taken from a post I did a few months ago...)

*Take a remnant piece of linen (or any non-printed fabric you have...preferably not too heavy-weight) and spray the back with repositionable craft adhesive. BUT, before you spray it, make sure it's ironed well...we don't want any wrinkles on our new snazzy artwork. You can see in the photo above that I didn't quite iron the fabric enough before I printed out my monogram...it's kinda wrinkly...

*Then take a piece of computer paper and lie it down onto the sticky side of the fabric. Press it down so that the entire piece of paper adheres to the fabric...

*Wait for this new fabric/paper combo to dry (I waited about 1/2 hour...I had some laundry to fold).

*Take your paper cutter, or scissors, or whatever you have that gives you a nice clean cut and cut the extra fabric from around the computer paper. You should have an 8 1/2" x 11" piece of fabric/paper left.

*Go online and find some graphics you like and want to add to your art (you can find some amazing stuff at The Graphics Fairy) and download them. Play around with them and resize them to fit on your 8.5x11 sheet of fabric/paper...


*Pop the combo into your printer (fabric side up...or however you need to to get the printing on the fabric side) and voila...instant art!

Now, I was scared at first about putting fabric into my printer...but seriously, it was completely stuck to the paper and the linen was thin enough that the combo made a piece of "paper" that was not much thicker than Bazzill cardstock. No problems at all!

One tip: make sure the design you are printing out is not too lightly colored (unless you're printing on white). I had to re-do mine a couple of times to make sure I got the look I wanted...

One more thing I've learned since I published that original post...do NOT try to wash or even wet your image...I tried this when I was making my circus pillow and I had to start over because my little giraffe's horns were erased. 

OK, I lied...one more thing...please please don't blame me if something doesn't work right or if your printer gets goofy. I've never had a problem doing this, but I can't guarantee that you won't. I'm just pretty sure that you won't...

And there you have it...
Super-easy project...endless possibilities...pretty cool, huh?


  1. Hi, i really like this tutorial a lot. Wow, what a fantastic idea! But I have a question. Do you use an inkjet or laser printer?
    Love your blog... Thanks a lot.

  2. Thanks so much for the info. I can't wait to give this a try!! I may even post it on my blog if it comes out as good as yours did!

  3. i love this idea. i've been buying these packets of printable fabric from the craft store for my tags for the items in my shop. i just print 30 tags per sheet. cut apart and sew them on. great stuff, maggie!

  4. Thanks for the tutorial sweets. I have been so chicken to try this but really want to!

  5. Wow what a great idea and what a great tutorial!! I am new to your blog. Glad I found it!!

  6. @Catrin I use an inkjet printer...hmmm...maybe that's why the color comes off with water??? Wonder what it would be like printed w/a laser???

  7. That pillow was so cute. You did a great job. Can't wait to see what you come up with this week! Lisa~

  8. Way cool, Mags! I saw this tute somewhere but couldn't remember where... glad you posted the deets ;)

    Happy Sunday!
    :)Kristi @ LollyJane

  9. I had NO idea you could do this! Woo hoo thanks for sharing! And I loved all the choices in putting the pillow together - perfect.

  10. @Maggie @ Midwestern {Sewing} Girl

    Thanks for the answer. I thought maybe it might not work with a laser printer. I think you might trash the laser printer, if you put that in... I love it and when my sister gets new cartridges for her inkjet printer I will try this out...

  11. Yay... thanks Maggie!! We appreciate you taking time to post this info. I have put this on my project To-Do list but of course, it's hard to top your projects ;) AJ


  12. I LOVE this!!! I want to try it! You are a genius!

  13. The items you make are very pretty!! Thank you so much for the tutorials, well written and easy to follow. I'm so interested in making every one, but first I want to try the clutch purses to give as door prizes at my "Red Hat Luncheons".
    I just found your blog from "The Polka Dot Closet"Hugs, Maki
    Maki's Little Red House.blogspot.com


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