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Thread: Did you know you donít have to buy those fancy fabric printer sheets ?

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    How does this method work when washed? Does it fade out when washed? I make a lot of photo memory quilts plus 5 & 6 generation quilts & use the bubble jet. Washing has to be in cold water on a delicate cycle & fluff dried with no heat to protect the photos. This method would be so much cheaper.

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    Couldn't open this either. I use freezer paper, cut 8 1/2 x 11" and iron paper onto the freezer paper, cut paper to fit. It will then go thru the printer and print whatever you have on the computer.

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    I am sorry. I meant iron the freezer paper onto fabric cut both 8 1/2 x 11". Run thru the printer and it will print on the fabric, whatever is on your computer screen.

    Quote Originally Posted by KathyPhillips View Post
    Couldn't open this either. I use freezer paper, cut 8 1/2 x 11" and iron paper onto the freezer paper, cut paper to fit. It will then go thru the printer and print whatever you have on the computer.

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    All I have to say is Thanks!! I didn't realize I didn't have to use fabric sheets which I was going to run out of for this memory project this week so I will do this and one of my sons has been trying to get me to buy him anything he can learn to juggle with...I will make bead bags today....weirdest thing he has to be able to juggle to pass PE (he's in 7th grade). Thanks again
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    i have used a lot of different methods but most are expensive will sure try this.. thanks for the post

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriceJ View Post
    i will definitely have to give this a try.

    a side note ... if i'm making a "bean bag" for any reason, i don't use beans, rice, or any other dried food product as stuffing. i use either small buttons, cheap beads from the dollar store, or something else along those lines. then i can safely toss it into the wash.
    Great idea for the buttons, PatriceJ. I have a million buttons; now I know what to do with them. I used to get those plastic pellets, but they are expensive. Thanks for the great idea.

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    Thanks for the info.
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    Wow! So worth trying out. Oh the money you WIll save to buy more fabric! Thank you for the link.

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    Thanks for the info here have to try this since working on a project now and have soda ash which is like washing soda and used for dyeing to prepare fabric so think that should work.

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    I just went to the website that she posted the second time and it went right to it ... I decided to copy and paste the info onto a word document so I can save it in my quilting file on my computer

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    I was able to access the page using the link in the post at 2:54am.
    Photo printing projects are fun and because they are personalized for the recipient, really do have high impact.
    I have printed on fabric using the freezer paper method for several years as a method of making customized quilt labels. I heat set the ink with my iron then rinse lightly in cool water. Certain printer inks lend themselves to fabric very well, others do not.

    Last year, I tested several methods for setting ink into the fabric for a customer's photo quilt and this is what I learned: All photos need to dry after printing, rinsed and ironed, regardless of solution methods.

    From my experience, no photo quilt will hold up to repeated washings and retain original color as the freshly completed project, regardless of using the name brand fabric setting solution or DIY solution.

    However, the weave of the fabric will make the difference in the clarity of photos and smoothness of the fabric. I tried PFD fabric and a few other 100% cottons from various textile manufacturers. PFD fabric seemed to be much more coarse than I expected after setting it with the solution. I found very fine Pima cottons and silks to work very well in mimicking the clarity of the original photo. But certainly PFD and cottons can be used, depending on the intended use of the project and recipient.

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    Thank you for posting this, great tute! Will definately try this.

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    Thanks for the tip, this will help me a lot next time!!
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    I would like to try this technique on Jo-Ann's Legacy Studio Premium muslin. It has a high thread count which might be beneficial for photos. I would wash it first to remove the sizing.

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    I have tried this using different fabrics and with different dryng times and any other variable I could think of and the photos all faded some almost completely washed out. There was a post on this board and if I can find it I will put it in here. I tried her method and it works wonderful!! can't fnd the link I will try to copy and paste.
    This was posted by gammieju
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    fabric photo printing
    I have been practicing making memory quilts and have experimented with all products and all methods and have come up with a foolproof method that makes the photos permanent. I use any kind of pretreated fabric for photo printing. After the photo is printed onto the fabric, dry it completely, then mix fabric glue with water to the consistency of heavy to medium heavy whipping cream, take a sponge brush and dab the weakened glue covering every inch. You do not want to make strokes because it will make the colors run. This will never wash out. The glue sets the ink and literally can not ever be washed. You do not want the glue to be too thick or heavy because the fabric will be too stiff. Practice on an old cloth until you find exactly the best consistency. I have used many different kinds of fabric glue and they all work.


    I need to make a correction. When I wrote it can never be washed, I meant to say the photo can never be washed out.
    After the photos have been treated with the weakened glue it can be washed as many times as needed and the photos will never fade. The glue actually makes the photos more vibrate. The fabric photos after the glue treatment will feel about like taffata fabric and can easily be quilted. When I first started making photo quilts I was disappointed when the photos bgan to fade after each washing no matter which brand of treated fabric I bought. I had made a baby quilt with the babys' photo in the center but as it was washed the photo began to fade. A baby quilt has to be washed very often so I began experimenting. I am making my gdil a wedding memory quilt and will post a picture of it as soon as I finish.


    I posted a message a few weeks ago about how I have learned to copy photos for a quilt and how to make them permanent with the fabric glue and had intended to wait until I had completed this anniversary quilt for gs and gdil but haven't had much time to work on it so am posting pic of wip I use spiritual expressions for editing my pictures however it is no longer availabe but am told printmaster platium 18.1 works similar. They have the option to crop to shape which I love. The quilt really is square but because of how I hung and laid it, it looks so crooked. I don't know how clear these will look as I have never posted pictures here before, but I can tell you that they are very vivid and clear. I have made many memory quilts using the fabric glue and they can be washed forever and the color will not fade. I do not use patterns just think of how I want to design the quilt. Sometimes I use small photos, but on this quilt I took the photos into the editing software and added borders, cropped pic and on the baby pictures, I made a heart in the program then added the baby pictures in the top of the heart then put stars around gs baby pic and hearts around gdil. I love editing pic, and these are 8x 9 pic or there about. If anyone would like to know more about my method or would like to see more pictures I would be very happy to explain how I do them. I hope to get it finished in the next month. I only have shortarm quilting machine on gracie frame. Hope someday to get bigger one but am 68 years old. So will see. Judy



    Have been away from computer yesterday and today. In answer to some of the questions, No it does not make it rubbery, it has the texture of taffeta. When I started experimenting with the glue, I tried making the solutions at different strengths. If you get the solution too strong it makes the fabric like rainresistant fabric. I use a weak solution, probably about 1 teaspoon to 2 cups of water (I have not measured so this may not be totally accurate, this is where experimenting comes in.) When I was testing it I put one printed photo in the washer 8 times and dried it in the dryer the same many times, I have even put bleach on them.. I have a juki tl98e with little gracie frame and had no problem quilting the fabric at all. I take my photos into spiritual expression by brode



    Quote Originally Posted by mzzzquilts View Post
    I haven't tried this method, but it sounds interesting, not necessarily for bean bags though, for memory quilts.

    Has anybody done this? Would be interested in hearing what your results were.

    http://www.infarrantlycreative.net/2010/03/custom-bean-bags.html

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    Thanks for the info. I just bought some of printer sheets. I haven't opened them yet. Now I can return them and save some money.

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    Thanks for the posting. I would like to experiment with some photos of flowers and the packages of photo printing paper seemed so expensive. I will have to give this a try.

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    WOW!! Thanks much for all the info that comes just in time. I was asked to make a graduation quilt using her son's basketball warm up suit shirt and four photos. Will definitely try the process, fabric glue and all. This thread is the greatest, even if it takes a lot of time to read it all.

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    Thanks so much! I have been wanting to do some printing on fabric and the price of the sheets was putting me off. Now all I have to do is source some freezer paper (we don't use this in Australia) I believe quilt shops sell it.

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    Too much fun! This would be great for a birthday party etc. Birthday guests printed on bag during the party as a party favor, then play bean bag toss with a board that has one hole cut in the top on a slight slant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mzzzquilts View Post
    Reposting the link...I copy/pasted it into the addressbar and it worked for me.

    http://www.infarrantlycreative.net/2...bean-bags.html
    Thank you for sharing this. I think if you put pillow stuffing in it instead of the beans, it would make a great pillow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mzzzquilts View Post
    Reposting the link...I copy/pasted it into the addressbar and it worked for me.

    http://www.infarrantlycreative.net/2...bean-bags.html
    Visited the link today. That was something creative and definitely i want to make fabric print "bean bags" at least once.

    Thanks for link. That was something unusual and interesting too.

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    I am definitley going to try this. I have been putting off buying the fabric for almost a year now. This will surley be cheaper and I am all for cheap (good quality cheap of course)
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    Due to lack of time i am not making this bean bag but i suggested to my knee. She is 10 year old and right now busy in making this bag with small buttons and half of work is done.

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