Tuesday, March 03, 2009

Between the snow shoveling, germ attacks, and allergy scares who has the time to do any huge projects anymore. Geeze! Well this week is a quick and easy diy task. Today's how to will be printing fabric that can be used as appliques, hang tags, or iron-on of your favorite pics! It is very easy and inexpensive. You will need to own a ink jet printer, some sharp scissors or cutting blades, interface, wax paper, and printer fabric sheets (optional).
If you are looking to buy some printer fabric sheets I recommend June tailors sew-in computer printer fabric sheets. You get 10 sheets of 8.5 x 11 white (also available in cream) printer fabric. They are 100% cotton and can be found at Joann's fabrics and other notion type stores. They cost roughly $10 (but if you have a 50% or 40% coupon they are even cheaper!). I already have the printer and scissors, so I purchased some iron on interface for $1.50 a yard at Joann's. Now you are ready to start.

Step 1) Design an image on your computer or scan in a photo or image. Make sure you have made the image the correct size. Set printer on the "plain paper" setting, load printer with a sheet of fabric paper, print. Wait about 5 mins until you move onto the next step giving ink time to dry.
Step 2) Remove paper from back of printer fabric. Trim fabric, and then iron with a dry iron on cotton setting.
Step3) Cut interface to the size of your fabric image and lay on the non-image side. Sandwich your image and interface between 2 pieces of wax paper (making sure wax paper covers all interface). I lay wax paper on the ironing board to prevent interface from sticking to board. Iron on high until interface attaches to fabric.
Step 4) Now your fabric image has interface on the back giving it stability and you can use it at this point as a iron applique. Now to give it extra stability like for a stiff hang tag, fuse another piece of interface to the image side of fabric. This may give a tad bit of cloudiness to you image, but I think it is minimal.
Step 5) you can now trim or cut on your pics, tags or appliques and sew them into your crafty projects! I recommend dry clean only for one sided interfaced fabrics. I have had no bleeding ink problems in regular washing with the 2 sided interfaced fabrics yet.
Happy crafting!

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