I have always wanted to learn how to print on fabric. After some research and tests, I found a method that is so easy and gives great results!
Here’s a simple piece of home decor – an art scroll made of a piece of rustic coffee bean bag burlap, and vintage botanical art fabric printed with our home printer! By the end of the tutorial, I think you will be in love with printing on fabric!
This time, it’s just as easy and fun!
There are several methods used to print on fabric. I first tried the freezer paper method, but my fabric won’t stick to the paper. Then I tried the spray adhesive method, it worked super well, so here we go!
Materials and tools:
- Inkjet printer, like this basic Canon PIXMA Color Printer
- paper: I used this card stock, because it holds up better with spray adhesive, but you can try regular paper.
- this Elmer’s Spray Adhesive it works great!
- fabric: I used a piece of 100% cotton fabric. Synthetic fabric may not absorb ink as well.
- coffee bean bag or other burlap, needle, thread, ribbon, and wood dowel ( 1/2″ diameter) cut to size for the scroll
First, spray the paper with a thin coat of adhesive, take a piece of fabric slightly larger than the paper, and press it on to the paper we just sprayed.
Start at the center, smooth out all the wrinkles. Then trim off the excess fabric.
Next, feed the paper into the printer with the fabric side being printed. See how nicely it prints?!?
Peel off the fabric as soon as it comes off the printer. It’s easy to peel off if you do it within a few minutes!
If the fabric looks wrinkled, you can iron it after the ink dries, in about 20 minutes. The image I used here is from Victoria Albert Musuem. They graciously allow personal use of their beautiful images.
Next, use the spray adhesive to attach the fabric to the burlap. Stitch the wood dowels and the ribbon for the scroll to hang.
Confession: I am as good at sewing as an untrained monkey. I’m sure your sewing job will be prettier than mine!
Now we have a lovely work of art made from easily available materials!
Hope you will have fun making your own version of an art scroll!
You can even paint an easy watercolor flower painting yourself to print on fabric!
Happy creating! See ya!