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Thread: Using photo paper

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    Using photo paper

    I tried to search the site using photo paper but got lots of photos and info on paper piecing.

    I am trying to include photos in a quilt I am making for my nephew. I used a product that was 100% cotton poplin and followed the directions. When the photos were printed they looked wonderful.

    Then I rinsed them as the dierections said. The color faded so much that even the pictures had 1 thing on them they are unrecognizable. What did I do wrong? Is there a better product I could have used?

    Any other suggestions? Thanks.

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    Did you wash the fabric first?

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    Try googling photo transfer to fabric.

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    Here is a link I posted a while back about a product that surprised me at the difference in quality. Interesting Discovery - Photos on Fabric - Big Difference

    I think if you put "quotes" around the phrase you are searching for - you won't get all the random things. Not actually sure that works here, but worth a try. There have been other posts on this topic.

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    The fabric is paper backed so that it can go through a computer printer, so no, it wasn't washed forst.

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    Betty's Photo paper looks good, but so did mine. I'd like to see pics after the product is used in a quilt though. do you have any of these?

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    Look and see if it says "dry clean only".....a lot of it does and you CANNOT wash it at all...ask me how I know???? Make sure it says washable and some of them have to be heat set after printing.

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    Did you heat set it first before rinsing them? Printed Treasures works good. Print. Press. Peel. Wet. Dry.

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    search for Fabric Printer sheets- there are a number on the market- some for wall hangings- some for (usable quilts) it's important to read the package & make sure the one you choose can be laundered.
    I have had mixed results with the commercial products- i do better making my own- using (pfd -- prepared for dyeing) fabric & freezer paper- it is also important to be using permenent ink(kind of expensive-name brands) in your printer- if you are using the (knock off) refillable- inexpensive inks they will not last- they are water soluble- wash out inks...
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    Quote Originally Posted by heronfan View Post
    Betty's Photo paper looks good, but so did mine. I'd like to see pics after the product is used in a quilt though. do you have any of these?
    Here are the photos (done with Betty's photo sheets) in my quilt
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