Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tutorial-Printing on Fabric

Printing on fabric is easier than you think.... I decided about a month ago that I wanted to try it but I was kind of scared to do it.

I did a lot of research online but most of the instructions I read were sooo confusing!

I basically went to the manufacturer's website directly for more info and supplemented any questions I had with other websites.

I tried to take as many pictures to show you what the steps look like... I know it seems like a lot but it's not!


  • iron
  • ironing board
  • cutting mat
  • rotary cutter
  • fabric
  • inkjet printer
  • digital picture 
  • freezer paper sheets
  • flat pan
  • large bucket
  • bubble jet set 2000
  • bubble jet rinse
  • gloves
  • towel


  1. Step 1 is to not get discouraged over the long list of supplies! It's less than it seems! AND get your supplies together!
  2. Cut your fabric to size. 8.5x11 inches is what will fit in your printer. You HAVE to use 100% cotton fabric. I used bleached muslin and I pre-washed mine. 

3. In a flat pan (I used a regular jelly roll pan lined with foil), add just enough bubble jet set 2000 to soak your fabric in it. Lay your fabric in (use your gloves) and push it around so that the fabric is completely saturated. Let soak for 5 minutes. 


4. Gently squeeze the excess solution out of your fabric, try not to add wrinkles. Lay flat to dry on a towel. If you are in a rush you can do a hair blow dryer to speed up this process.  Pour any leftover solution back in the bottle.

5. Iron your fabric smooth when dry. 

6. Iron the shiny side of the freezer paper to the wrong side of the fabric. Make sure you press down well on the corners. Make sure to trim down any loose threads so they don't jam your printer. 

7. Make sure your printer is set up the way you want it to. Do a test page on regular paper if you wish. Choose the best quality printing options on your printer. Print your picture.

8. Let stand for 30 minutes!

9. Peel freezer paper. Discard.

10. Fill a bucket or large pan with 1 gallon of cold water. Add 4 cap fulls of Bubble Jet Rinse (2 ounces).

11. Take your fabric and vigorously wash and soak it in the water for 3 minutes. Try not to let the fabric overlap on itself for too long and don't stop moving the fabric. This will take out any extra ink and will also make sure that the ink that needs tos tay in will. 

12. Do a quick final rinse in cold water to wash the soap out. You can just run it under your faucet for a few seconds.

13. Lay flat to dry and you're DONE!

If this seems like it's confusing write a question in the comments below.

If you are interested in purchasing this already done for you feel free to contact me.

I am working on the above quilt right now for a newlywed couple. I'm working on another 2 quilts to remember loved ones that have passed away.

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