Eek! I am so excited!
It all started with a swap I was in, the cozy the world swap. My partner wanted a cozy for something about the size of a laptop. (to give you some scale.) Well, I found this hot little picture of one Betty Page and I was trying to put it onto the cozy in an accurate, true to the picture kind of way. (Please note, no iron-pon transfers were used in the making of this story)
Here is the cozy:
It is fully lined, yada yada...
But the real excitement is in the pic of Betty. Well in my pursuit I sat and thought about how to do this... And... I thought why o why can I just print it out on the fabric?
So I cut a piece the size of a sheet of paper, loaded it, *closed eyes here*, and pressed the print button... And...
(Please ignore the sub-par machine embroidery, yarn embroidered corduroy and my machine don't mix.) But my printer and fabric does!
Check it out!
I DID NOT use special fabric (I used muslin), or special ink, or anything! And if you have interest in this I don't mind making a tutorial, just let me know! I know it has changed my crafting world!
Edit to add tutorial:
First you'll need to gather your supplies, lightweight cotton fabric that will show image. (I like muslin a lot) Freezer Paper, A piece of regular paper, and fav pair of scissors, cutting tool, etc.
Next take the fabric, freezer paper, and piece of paper and sandwich them together to cut, with the piece of paper on the top. And cut the fabric and freezer paper to the same size as the piece of printing paper. Next, take the fabric and the freezer paper and iron them together with the shiny side of the paper ironed to the fabric side. You should have something that looks like this:
Next find your image you would like to print and set it to print small enough to fit on the page, and print a test page on regular printing paper to make sure everything is good. At this step you will want to watch how your printer prints (face up or down). If everything is good (I recommend trying to get it to print in the middle of the page is possible) Then load your Paper!
Print again! Here is the one I printed for the tutorial next to my sample print on regular paper:
Press it with an iron, and even a wet towel to help and steam set it, finally peel the freezer paper off and you are done! Use however you like! Patches, pictures, postcards, etc!
* I know that there have been questions about the washing ability. I am going to cut this one picture up tommorrow and try some different methods so we can see which one is the best.* (I feel a little guilty about cutting up my daughter's face, but eeh? if it's for crafter, I think she'll understand)
Thanks so much and this is my first tutorial so please let me know what you think!