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Thread: Quilt labels with a Laser Printer

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    Super Member rusty quilter's Avatar
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    I have a laser printer. How can I make my own labels using my computer using the laser?

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    They don't recommend it as the heat from the printer could set the fabric on fire. It is recommended to use a ink jet printer :D:D:D

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    I am afraid amma is right. I don't know if there is any prepared fabric for a laser print though. You never know what they will come up with these days. Might do a net search for printable laserjet fabric.

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    Amma is right the heat could make the material catch fire.

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    Hog wash! It is the treated packaged printable fabrics, like Printed Treasures, that are the flamable problem in laser printers, not the actual act of printing labels or anything else on fabric. Fabric does not catch fire, the chemicals in the pretreated stuff is what catches fire.

    It is quick and easy to print with laser printers using freezer paper and prewashed fabric. http://www.brighthub.com/computing/h...les/58811.aspx
    It is not, however, as long-lasting if frequently washed as the inkjet images. One way to keep laser prints from fading is to spray them with Krylon fixative, but they are not really washable and definitely not dryable if you do that. Krylon is a plastic coating and heat will degrade the image. Art quilters use laser printers all the time for fabric images, but most of their works are not washed.

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    It is quick and easy to print with laser printers using freezer paper and prewashed fabric. http://www.brighthub.com/computing/h...les/58811.aspx

    Thanks for the website ghostrider. It was very helpful. I have been buying the specialty fabric backed paper which is very expensive. It is good to know that you can make your own with the freezer paper. Good tip!!
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    Jan

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    If you are using an inkjet printer, you'll need to get some Bubble Jet Set to treat the fabric yourself, but it's cheaper in the long run than the pretreated sheets and printing on muslin is way softer, too. You can also print your label on any quilting cotton and that opens up a whole new realm of possibilities for labels! ;)

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    Thank you so much! I have hesitated for too long...and given away too many quilts with no labels! I will be looking for some label software, and making my labels to go with my quilts.

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    I did the freezer paper technique with my laser yesterday--it turned out Beautiful! I was able to actually make my quilt label with a picture of my nieces farm as a background. I'll be doing it this way from now on :lol:

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    'm so glad it worked for you and that you're happy with the results! I often use photos as the background for quilt labels. Makes the label really personal doesn't it.

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