You may remember this How To: Print On Fabric tutorial from last year. Well, it has been getting a lot of traffic lately there have been quite a few questions. I decided to do a little experimenting and hopefully get everyone the answers they are looking for.
You can also attach the fabric using freezer paper. I took a piece of cardstock and laid it on the dull side of the freezer paper. Then I traced around it to get it the right size. You could also measure it out but this was easier for me. Lay your fabric on an ironing board with the side you want printed facing down. Place your freezer paper on top of the fabric with the shiny side down and iron it until the freezer paper is stuck to your fabric. Trim away the excess fabric and iron the paper again, paying close attention to the edges. Every time you move your fabric the bond between it and the freezer paper loosens so try to handle it as little as possible.
Pros: Not as messy.
Cons: The hold isn't as good so the fabric may come loose and cause a printer jam.
You can also use Heat N Bond if you want to be able to stick your printed fabric onto another piece of fabric. Just cut it down to paper size like the freezer paper, peel one side off and stick it to the back side of your fabric. Trim away the excess fabric and print. Then peel off the other side of the paper and stick it to your other fabric.
Other Frequently Asked Questions:
Does the fabric get sticky?
Nope. The adhesive and freezer paper both peel away without leaving any residue behind. Make sure you spray the adhesive onto the paper not the fabric though.
Does the fabric bunch up while printing?
I never had a problem with bunching when using the adhesive. However, with the freezer paper it jammed my printer twice. That is why I suggest ironing the edges twice and handling it as little as possible. Lighter weight fabrics are more likely to jam using the freezer paper method.
Does this work with a laser printer?
I don't have a laser printer so I haven't been able to test this myself but I did some searching and found this page that had some pretty useful information (scroll down to the very bottom answer). According to them you can print with a laser printer but the fabric may end up stiff, with a funny smell and crack when washed.
Will it work on any fabric (particularly burlap)?
Yes. Results will vary depending on the type of fabric. Cotton fabrics with a thread count of 200 or higher will give you the best quality printing. Burlap can easily be printed on (you will find a great example here) but because of the rough texture your picture or writing may not print evenly.
Will this hurt my printer?
I've printed a lot of fabric and have never had any trouble with my printer but results could always vary with different makes and models. If you are concerned about damaging your printer you might want to consider picking up a cheap outdated model and use it strictly for fabric printing purposes.
I think that answers all of the questions that I have received so far. If you have any other questions that are't covered here, email me: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment (make sure your email address is included). I will add any future questions and their answers to this post.
Oh, and just so you know, I was not compensated for this post in any way. All of the products mentioned in this post were purchased with my own cash. If you would like to help me fund more tutorials like this one, check out my advertising page. :)