Forget about printing on some transfer paper and then ironing it onto some fabric. With some freezer paper you can print right on the fabric itself. No need to reverse the image and it's faster, cheaper, and more effective.

Step 1: Materials List

Cloth? Check.
Freezer paper? Check.
<p>For those who cant get freezer paper, try using repositional tape or repositional adhesive spray. I have used this to print on ribbon. You can get it with scrapbooking supplies or art supply stores.</p>
<p>Hi, no freezer paper here in Australia. I've had success with putting wide masking tape down all four sides of my fabric .. half width of tape on one side, fold over the edge and the other half on the back.... if you see what I mean!</p>
<p>My printer was haphazard. It would accept 1 sheet of fabric then the next one would jam. So far i have resolved the problems by doing the following: I cut the fabric a little larger than the freezer paper. I set the iron on high heat, and layed the fabric on top of the shiny side of freezer paper. I ironed slowly, pressing from center towards the edges to get out air bubbles. (but not so long that the fabric burns!)</p><p>While its still warm i place the ironed sheet under a large book so it stays flat. Then I carefully trim all 4 edges using a quilt wheel and straight edge so it exactly matches the paper.</p><p>I set the printer to &quot;best&quot; quality print and chose &quot;other photo&quot; paper. </p><p>It has worked every time. Hope this helps! </p>
<p>I use muslin for my fabric and freezer paper. I trim the finished cloth so no frays are sticking out. Would Scotch Guard set the colored ink or would it make the colors run?</p>
<p>I tried this on my PH inkjet and it crunched up the fabric on the rollers and now I can't use the printer at all - can't get at the rollers to remove the fabric.</p><p>So - do be careful and make sure that the printer is suitable for the thickness of the paper/fabric together, and that they are very well fused together. </p>
<p>Make sure you change your print settings. If you change it to a heavier duty paper like cardstock or something similar, the printer will have an easier time grabbing it.</p>
I wonder if the image can be set by spreading a little modge podge over it. Has anyone tried that?
<p>I am having a problem getting the fabric to adhere to the freezer paper by ironing it</p>
<p>probably you have to set the iron hotter</p>
<p>is there any option rather than freezer paper? i live in asia region and apparently freezer paper doesn't exist here :/</p>
Hi! I want to ask if we could use &quot;STICKER PAPER&quot; instead of &quot;FREEZER PAPER&quot;. We cannot find any freezer paper here in the Philippines. Thank you for your reply.
<p>there no freezer paper here too. i suppose sticker paper should be fine but way way more expensive :/</p>
<p>Worked great! Took a few tries - worked best when this was the only thing in the paper feed tray. Also, make sure you have a clean edge and no threads.</p>
does anyone know if this will work with a laser printer ? <br>Dont want to mess up my printer - its a big professional laser printer I use to print business cards on.
<p>Actually when I first started looking for this technique, everything called for laser printers, so I tried it on my inkjet and it worked fine as I wasn't able to afford to go buy a laser printer. So yes it will work on a laser printer, just as with any printer, be sure that there are no fabric threads to get caught up in the printers. Trim neatly first before sending it through your printer. Good luck and hope it works out. </p><p>Also, when your finished and let your image set for about half an hour, iron your image with a thin towel or ironing cloth to help set your colors when done.</p>
<p>dude I just did this with a laser printer and the image is great! I've read some places that toner is really waterproof too (I'm not certain of this statement's validity, as I have not personally tested it). Best of luck :)</p>
As you see, the title is: &quot;INKJET printing on fabric&quot;. So, the answer is &quot;no&quot;. <br>It only works with inkjet printers.
<p>need help. Inkjet photos on fabric without retreating. How can I save my photos printed already. </p>
<p>I've tried all kinds of transfer methods &amp; this really works! Make sure fabric is not thick &amp; not threads dangling. I found if you trim the paper, this keeps edges from fraying.</p>
Absolutely loving this. The hubster is a photographer so I'm going to try this out using some of his photos, for display purposes. Thanks very much!
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<p>Does this work on thicker, interfacing fabric? I need to print right on some pellon 70 ultra firm. It's kind of expensive, so I'd prefer to not experiment on it :)</p>
Is there a generic setting for the printers to all fabric and paper to slide through easily? I was trying &quot;other photo paper&quot; on mine. I have no card stock of depth choice. <br>
I want to print on plain canvas. The ink wants smudge even with ironing it well before and after, I tried starching it and when it would go through the printer it was really crisp, just what I hoped for, but it made it somewhat impossible to set the ink and it didn't always want to go through the printer. Is that bubble jet set 2000 the only way to get a nice smooth image and set the ink?
Make sure you wash your fabric first to remove any sizing from manufacturer, this will help your printer's ink absorb better and stay longer. Heat set after with hot cotton setting on your iron also.
OH make sure you heat set AFTER you take off the freezer paper backing!
<p>I also read some where (not sure if works) but if you put your 'completed printed' project in the freezer for a few hours it will set the ink so it will be colorfast. </p>
<p>From everything I've read you would need a printer that uses pigment <br>ink, not dye base. Dye based inks wash out. I'm trying to find out if it's still necessary to <br>prep the fabric first even with pigment ink. Maybe I'll find out as soon as I <br>get my inks and try it. Sometimes Google has no idea what I'm talking <br>about! :(</p>
<p>If you go to the last link up there to the Dharma Trading Co. site, it takes you to a pre-printing treatment product called Bubble Jet Set liquid. It is specifically for dye-based ink preservation on natural fibers, cotton and silk. It claims to make washable prints from dye-based ink.<br>It also recommends a rinse product, too.<br> I am getting ready to print on fabric for the first time, so I can't comment on how well it works yet. But this is the route I'm taking in my experimenting with the process.</p>
<p>Since my last post, I have printed on fabric with pigment ink, washed the fabric then pressed it. So far nothing has faded and the fabric looks great.</p>
<p>Thank you! Thank you!Thank you!Thank you!Thank you!Thank you!Thank you!</p><p>I just tried this for the first time and WOW!!!!! This is EXCELLENT!</p><p>When I can, I'll post images. It's a super, secret project. Shhhhh!</p>
Great Instructable: Now I can print my Cross-stitch charts onto my fabric But???????? How will I line it up to exactly match the stitch holes, oh well back to the drawing board.
You'd probably want to do a transfer with a solvent. Like this one:<br /> <a href="http://www.instructables.com/id/Fabric-Printing-with-Citra-Solv/">http://www.instructables.com/id/Fabric-Printing-with-Citra-Solv/</a>
OMG ive never heard or seen freezer paper! i dont have it at home neither does the shops (here in holland) <br /> <br /> could i use something else? could someone describe freezer paper ( it could be lag of translation)<br />
wax paper
Not the same. Won't work.
I'll add that freezer paper is not exactly wax paper as some have noted. It has a thin plastic coating on the shiny side. At least the Reynolds brand is plastic.
Freezer paper is white and is shiny on one side and looks like regular paper on the other side. Sometimes a butcher shop wraps meats in that kind of white paper. We can buy rolls of it at stores like Walmart here in the US and some grocery stores. But I imagine a nice butcher would sell you some off his roll...maybe even give you some. When you iron it onto fabric, put the shiny side against the fabric.
There's no translation, Freezer paper ispaper on one side and wax on the other. You probabilly dont have in your country. Just sew a paper sheet withthe fabric
what a great idea!
Hi, I live in Holland too and found it in my local patchwork shop (http://www.desampler.nl/). They are in Haarlem, I don't know where you are but maybe you could find it in your local area too... just look for any patchwork or quilting supplier. <br> <br>I have tried it and think it's great. The only problem is you are limited to the size of paper your printer can take... wish I had bought an A3 printer ;-) <br> <br>Enjoy
thanks for the info, i live near haarlem and i will check out the store next time ill be there.<br><br>for printing on A3 paper i recommend checking out some schools, copy shops can be really expensive, at my school we have to make a lot of drawing on the computer using A3 paper you ill be using there printer for bigger images.<br><br>i hope i helped you.
Freezer paper is used to wrap foods for freezing. It comes in a roll from the food store, and is next to plastic wrap, wax paper and aluminum foil. It has a food-grade wax on only one side of the paper. You can also use masking tape folded around the leading edge of the paper to hold a piece of fabric on. Keep googling for other methods if you cannot find the paper.
I was needing to print on fabric one night and realized i did not have any freezer paper on hand so i tried another method on a whim and was happy to see it work perfectly. For those of you who are out of freezer paper (or had trouble finding it) . . if you happen to have quilt basting spray on hand just mist a light layer over a sheet of regular printer paper and smooth your fabric over top. no need to iron even . . . Voila!
Thanks for this great piece of information. Do you know where to get <a href="http://www.spiceberrycottage.com/shop/Manufacturer/Moda.htm" rel="nofollow">moda fabrics</a> to use on my next project.
This is going to be so fun! I have just a regular <a href="http://www.nwd-microage.com/Index_EN.html" rel="nofollow">printer</a> and I am amazed to find out what I can do with it. The kids are going to love trying this out. We will have to do some fun experiments with dish towels, socks, and handkerchiefs. Thanks for the instructable!
Thank you soooo much for posting this! I totally forgot you could use freezer paper to stiffen the fabric. I was going to use double side tape underneath and regular clear tape around all the edges before I saw this. Awesome tutorial!
Ok this looks pretty cool but i'm a bit confused. How would i print directly onto a T-shirt? As far as i can tell wouldn't you still need to transfer it from that print?
Sadly, these are far from colorfast. You cannot use this technique with anything you plan to wear or wash. Not a good technique for quilts or...Still looking for ways to make the fabric colorfast without having to buy the chemicals designed to make the fabric colorfast. Maybe something you can find in your home...maybe.
This is a while later on the inkjet printing. Look to Dharma Trading Company. What makes it workable is the preparation of the fabric. The are two products one to make the fabric to fix the print and one to hold the fabric stiff to go through the printer. When you use a inkjet ink that is a dye base it is much more durable. And the products are getting better every day.

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