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1  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: NEW DIY Method for Printing on Fabric with Household Products! (photos!!) on: December 01, 2010 05:31:00 AM
Thanks!

oowwww  no sorry the laser printer work because of the wax paper you'll end up with a horrid mess on your hands!!!  Maybe you can borrow a friends printer ?  Good luck!
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: NEW DIY Method for Printing on Fabric with Household Products! (photos!!) on: September 05, 2010 12:04:54 PM
Oh they look fab Kosmicgirl!

 i still haven't gotten round to testing mine for color ......   anyone done some in color yet?
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: NEW DIY Method for Printing on Fabric with Household Products! (photos!!) on: September 03, 2010 07:26:45 AM
**** UPDATE **** 
Thanks to everyone testing out this method ............this is what we have learnt so far!

Heat Set
Those of you not heat setting your printed fabric after soaking in vinegar are seeing fading of black ink when vigorously washed in hot water and soap.  So dont forget to HEAT SET -  use an iron, or like me a hairdryer on high heat or you can give your dryer a go!

Colored Printing
I havent tried color yet . Just wasnt what I was after however Ive heard from 3 people all who had difficulty with some colors.  Lighter colors such as pink are disappearing in the vinegar I have no idea if that is the printer ink they are using or this is a normal reaction.  Everyone that has tested the method so far has said that the black ink stays wonderfully!
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: NEW DIY Method for Printing on Fabric with Household Products! (photos!!) on: September 02, 2010 06:41:20 PM
Ooowww I like the bats Poosel!!!  Very cute!  I havent tried just the heat set as I was told by a friend that laundry detergents can lighten them drastically.  And as my dolls can be popped in the washing machine well .. me no likie!

I agree, spoonflower is fab fun Babychel!
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: NEW DIY Method for Printing on Fabric with Household Products! (photos!!) on: September 02, 2010 04:24:49 PM
My pleasure craft lady of steel (love the name!)  I'd love to see how they turn out Smiley
6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: NEW DIY Method for Printing on Fabric with Household Products! (photos!!) on: September 02, 2010 04:23:29 PM
oh do show us Poosel!!! Smiley
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Re: NEW DIY Method for Printing on Fabric with Household Products! (photos!!) on: September 02, 2010 01:39:45 PM
I used a Brother inkjet Smiley nothing special and it worked wonderfully!
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / NEW DIY Method for Printing on Fabric with Household Products! (photos!!) on: September 02, 2010 03:35:58 AM


This tutorial is not only for fabric labels but for printing on fabric for any project from your home printer and all from things that you probably already have in your pantry!!


Ive wanted to get some fabric labels made for a while now but of course Ive run out of time. So I did a bit of experimenting today and whipped some up and you can too.



What youll need:
Computer/inkjet printer
Freezer paper (its the paper that is waxed on one side only)
Light weight and light colored cotton
Baking Tray
Vinegar
Water
Iron and ironing board
2 Scissors (paper and fabric)


First lets talk about your logo/name design. I used Photoshop to put together my label but Im sure you can do this in Word too.

5 Things to Remember:

1) Keep it simple.
2) Use dark ink (white in a logo will be left bank, showing the color of your fabric).
3) Choose a font thats easy to read.
4) Keep a spacing of an inch or more between them.
5) Test print a few times on regular plain paper before you go to the trouble of making a label and not liking the look or size of it afterwards!



Now for the fun part!

Cut a piece of freezer paper 8.5 x 11 inches (A4). Place it wax side down (thats the shiny side!), onto your fabric. With your iron preheated to a medium to high heat, iron  the plain paper backing side. Youll start to see it adhere to the fabric. If any air bubbles appear keep ironing that spot, its just where the wax and fabric havent attached yet.



Now trim the fabric to the same size at the wax paper. Make sure you remove ALL the loose ends..(I learnt the hard way, it causes smudges!!!)



Off to the printer you skip with your new crazy fabric paper clutched firmly in your hand .. tra-la-la ..

Press print and cross your fingers!!!!!



Ta-da! Stand back and be amazed I mean look how pretty they are!!!!!
Ok the funs not over yet as printer ink is NOT color fast ...so ..

Wait for the ink to dry (yup this is like watching paint dry what a bore when you're soooo excited to see your fabulous name on FABRIC!!!)



Once dry, peel away your paper backing and gawk in oar at your creation! (Seriously you feel like a fabric designer or something!!!)



Now . Make a little bath of white vinegar. I used a backing pan but another pot etc will do..



Soak for 5 mins or so . (The smell made me crave good old fashion English fish and chip hmmm sooo hungry!)



Remove from bath and gently rinse under water to get the vinegar smell out . Then hang to dry in the sun (or if youre impatient like me, lay it on an old towel and use a hair dryer high heat setting baby!! Made a big batch . Well if you choose to use your dryer I havent yet - dont put it in with a load just in case .!!!!)



Cut and sew onto the back of your creation! Worried about fraying edges, well if you dont like them as a design element add some iron on interfacing and then sew around the edge using a tight zig-zag stitch .


Ahhhh the joys of creating and saving cash-o-la at the same time!

Enjoy!

So the big question.. Why did I try vinegar to set the ink? Well I remembered a while ago I was trying to get an ink stain out of a lovely dress, did a search and ended up on some random site that said 'Dont soak in vinegar!' and I thought hmmmm interesting!  (I never did save the dress!)


Why use this method over others?

1) Its cheap!
2) Its much more environmentally friendly than some shiny plastic transfer
3) It looks fab .. and works wonderfully.


. Dont believe me, try it, youll be amazed! Ive washed, dried and rewashed labels (scrubbed them with a tooth brush and soap too!!) and there was no visible difference!!!!! Hooray! (I do recommend you test it out before you jump into a big project as all printer inks are different.)


Experiment!! Try colored photos, poems for scrapbooking, sew them into pillows, quilts, the skys the limit .. you might just find your new crafting obsession Wink  I know I have!!!
9  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Dolly Donations for Haiti on: March 12, 2010 08:03:03 PM
That is fabulous! Well done to you and your mum!  Cant wait to see the photos Smiley  Have a wonderful weekend and happy sewing!
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Something to Brighten Up the Haiti Orphanage on: March 10, 2010 08:04:54 AM
Thanks so much Carla Smiley i think i could get hooked on story quilts!

Happy Sewing, Sarah
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