What you will need
The Beatles photos have been ordered to create a stripe, which can be used for the boarder of a coat, shirt, skirt, what ever you would like.
The other pattern is more for a pillow, but can be used as the focal point for a quilted jacket.
My printer can only print a maximum width of 8 1/2 and length of 14" or, legal and regular sized paper, so the printed size of my fabric is limited.
But, as you will soon see, how the graphic appears on your computer screen, is how it will appear on the fabric.
The second concern is what fabric to select. The fabric should be smooth, or regularly rough. For instance, you can have success with burlap or linen, but an irregularly appearing slub can thrown the printer off. It is best to use cotton or a cotton polyester. However, I used a thin, 100% sheer polyester as one example just to give you an idea of the range of suitable fabrics .
Cotton, or other natural fibers such as linen, wool, silk are best, because they absorb color faster, better and are more fade resistant. But, if you are making something that will not be frequently washed, or can be washed gently, man made fabrics will do fine.
1. Create a template. I used an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of copier paper, but that is not necessary. The template can be any size your printer can properly print. You don't want the fabric size too small in case it jams, or too big causing it not to go through. I cheat, and use copier paper because I know the cut will be accurate. It is very important that you take the time to have an exactly portioned template. Otherwise, the image on your fabric can come out lopsided.
The edge the printer catches, must be level.
2. With your template, cut out both fabric and freezer paper. I will pin the template onto the fabric to get as accurate a cut as possible. Remember, the freezer paper is what will port the fabric through the printer. Exacting care must be made to ensure the paper is cut straight.
3. Iron the freezer paper to the fabric. Place the shiny side of the freezer paper toward the fabric, and the dull side will be ironed. I will pin the freezer paper to the fabric at the very edge of the square. Set your iron on "no steam" and "warm." Then starting from the center, gently, in a circular motion, move out toward the edge of the square, removing the pin once you reach it, in order to iron the edges.
4. Handling the fabric with freezer paper very gently, place it into the printer, making sure it is well seated. Also, make sure the fabric side is facing the proper direction. Some printers flip the paper so that the underside of the page gets printed. My printer prints the top.
5. Make sure your printer settings are correct. Remember, my Cannon requires that it be set for high quality in order for the pigmented ink to be properly used. Make sure your printer doesn't have the same type of requirements.
6. With fingers crossed, PRINT.
7. I have included several examples. The fabrics did fine, but you will notice that there is a streak with the print on pink fabric. This is probably due to the slub located on the dog image. This doesn't often happen, but can. If you have the option, it is best to use fabric with a very smooth, flawless surface.
8. And, voila, you have your printed fabric. Wait 10 minutes and rinse the fabric with cold water.
Thank you for joining me, next week we will talk about painting fabric, until then, have a great week, and God Bless.