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Thread: hOW dO i GO ABOUT PRINTING A PICTURE TO FABRICK FROM MY COMP.PRINTER?

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    I would like to make a family quilt for my grandchildren by printing their pictures to fabric from my HP1610 printer. Is this possible? If so does anyone know the preprations for the fabric & ect? Have the idea but not the knowledge and where we live there are no quilring classes to be had. Thanks so much!!!! Any help is appreciated!!! : :lol:

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    You can use transfer paper. Print the picture on transfer paper (8.5 X 11) and then iron it onto your fabric. You can get transfer paper at Staples, WalMart, etc.. The hardest part is flipping the image on your computer before you print (otherwise it will come out backwards) but all of the instructions are included with the transfer paper.

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    In the sewing/quilting notions section at most fabric stores or quilt stores you can purchase packages of fabric made just for this, and you don't have to reverse your photos...one brand name, which I use, is Precious Treasures (I think!)...the paper is prepared to accept printer inks, ironed onto paper and cut to size for use in printers. this brand is designed for ink jet printers only....don't use on laser jet. (some brands are designed for laser jet, so purchase what you need). Instructions in the package are clear as to how to do it so read and follow the instructions in the package you purchase. I always use the "sew in" type, so after the photos are printed and dry, I cut them to size and stitch them into the block just like I sew in any other fabric. Some brands are designed as transfers, as Barbara discussed, some are iron on, etc, you need to decide what works for you and find the product.

    Good luck.

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    If you want to print DIRECTLY onto your fabric and not worry about the fading from iron on transfers use freezer paper .... here is a website that will explain everything!

    I have done this several times and it works great! Here are three websites that explain the process. GOOD LUCK!!!

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Inkj...ing-on-Fabric/

    http://www.art-e-zine.co.uk/imagefabric.html

    http://printandsew.blogspot.com/2009...g-freezer.html

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    The thing I like about transfer paper is that I can print any image or words on to whatever fabric I am using for my project.

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    start with either PFD fabric (prepared for dyeing) or fabric that has been prewashed to remove any sizing/oils from the fibers. i use freezer paper cut to the same size as my printer paper. (best to cut it a little big then trim it to size after ironing it to the back of the fabric) press the freezer paper to the back of the fabric (make sure your edges are very secure you may want to actually tape them) then you can run these fabric/freezer paper pieces through your printer. i don't know the printer you are using but it needs to be an inkjet printer...not a laser printer.
    after printing your pictures let them 'cure' for at least 24 hours then heat set them. i keep 'curing-heatsetting' my pictures for a week (i don't know if it's necessary but i do it for the insurance) then remove the freezer paper from one of your pictures and go run cold water through it to see if it runs or is 'set'. there is a product on the market that helps too...called retayne.

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    There is a product on the market called Bubble Jet Set that is for treating fabric for permanent printing. i buy the 200 ct. muslin and treat it with this liquid. Then i iron it to freezer paper leaving extra fp to fold over the edge of the fabric that goes in the printer first. make sure this edge is very crisp and flat so it won't jam your printer(i learned the hard way). you can print words, pictures anything on it. then cure, remove from paper, iron and you're ready to go. i make my quilt labels this way and I made an anniversary pillow for my parents 50th with their wedding picture on it.i will try to post a picture if i can. Sorry that it's a little blurry, but i had to enlarge it some. i then appliqued the picture on the pillow fabric and covered the edge with vintage lace.
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    Great thread!..Thank all of you for the info...I really would love to do this for christmas pesents next yr but, I always thought I had to have an ink jet printer or something specific... Man. I Love this board lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by geckogirl
    If you want to print DIRECTLY onto your fabric and not worry about the fading from iron on transfers use freezer paper .... here is a website that will explain everything!

    I have done this several times and it works great! Here are three websites that explain the process. GOOD LUCK!!!

    http://www.instructables.com/id/Inkj...ing-on-Fabric/

    http://www.art-e-zine.co.uk/imagefabric.html
    http://printandsew.blogspot.com/2009...g-freezer.html
    WOW- Thanks for these amazing websites!

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    I have been reading through the tutorials, some use Ink Jet Bubble Set and Ink Jet Rinse, some don't, some use just the "set". I will need to be washing my project. A lot! So, just need to know what you gals/guys have done cuz this is the "go to place" for great advice. Thanks.

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