Thursday, April 25, 2013

Printing on fabric- a better way

I have been printing on muslin or osnaburg for my crafting projects for years. I  have been ironing the fabric to freezer paper, then printing with fair amount of success. Sometimes the paper would jam which was a pain and it ruined the fabric. Sometimes I could not get the printer to "grab" the paper into the feed.

I saw a new idea on Pinterest and decided to give it a try. This is not for laser printers. I have an Epson that uses "Dura Bright" ink.

Spray a light coat of adhesive spray to a sheet of plain card stock.
By hand smooth out the fabric onto the card stock, trim off any stray threads that may fall off in the printer.
Place in the manual feed tray of your printer and print as normal.

Pull the fabric off the paper and much to my surprise the paper was still fairly tacky. I was able to attach another piece of fabric and print again four more times without having to spray adhesive again.

The card stock is stiffer and feeds thru my printer so much easier than the freezer wrap. It's nice that the paper is the correct size and I do not have to bother cutting up freezer paper and getting out the iron.

You can get that spray at most craft stores, it's about $8.00 so be sure to use a coupon!