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Thread: Can you make quilt labels with your computer & printer?

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    I was thinking (hoping :wink: ) that this would be possible.
    Has anyone ever done this?
    I was thinking I could iron a piece of muslin to freezer paper and cut it to the size of a sheet of paper, so that it would go through the printer. But, was wondering if the ink would remain on the fabric after repeated washings. :?:
    I keep thinking of all the possibilities for the labels you can do with so many different fonts.
    Just worried about the ink "sticking" to the fabric....
    Any suggestions? :roll:
    Thanks!

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    You need to use Bubble Jet Set or your printing will wash out you can also buy special fabric sheets to use in the printer. I use Bubble Jet Set.

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    i use a material called fab 6, it is for digital printing and usually found in places like sign shops however i discovered you can print with it through the home printer as well. Its very durable made from a cotton nylon type of material and will it hold up? oh yes we used to make banners and flags meant for outdoor all weather use from this material. There are many versions of it id say check with someone local in your area and see if they have some they will sell you to give it a try.

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    I use Printed Treasures. It is sheets of fabric with the paper already attached to the back. The fabric is pretreated. When the ink is all dry, the color is set and there is no need to use any other chemicals to make the ink permanent. The down side is that they are expensive: 5 pages for $18.00. To me is worth it if I don't have to soak the fabric after is printed and wait for it to dry. I can go from printer to sewing machine in minutes.
    I have used it for printing lables in the past. The glue on it is good and don't come off easily, but I still hand sew after the quilting is done, or attached it before is quilted and quilt over it to secure. It can not be used for laser printers.


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    The simplest, clearest and longest lasting method I have found is to use Printed Treasures. You can get it at JoAnn's, it comes in both iron-on and sew-in (iron-on is too stiff for my taste), and if you add up the cost of muslin, freezer paper, bubble jet and your time, PT probably costs less...especially with a JoAnn's coupon. Right now it's on sale, too. http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.j...RODID=prd29322

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    Even with a 50% off coupon Bubble jet set would be way cheaper. I have done a ton of things and still have 3/4 of the bottle. They have a 20% off offer right now at C Jenkins Co.

    http://www.cjenkinscompany.com/Produ...FRafnAodnFOArQ

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    i use bubble jet set and it works like a charm.

    its much cheaper to treat the fabric yourself then to buy pretreated fabric.

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    Thanks for all the info. I'm interested in the Printed Treasures.
    How does the ink hold up after several washings?
    Any fading,etc.??
    Thanks! (again) :D

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    You can't print onto untreated fabric and have it stay. I use Bubble Jet Set and Bubble Rinse. Works great. You can google it to find out more about it. I keep treated muslin in a ziploc bag for when I need it.

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    My problem with Printed Treasures is that it is very hard to get a needle through it if you want to sew it by hand to your quilt. I'm going to try Bubble Jet Set next time.

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    Even with the Jet set I don't think it holds up for more than 3 or 4 washings before fading.

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    I'm so glad you asked the questions and have enjoyed reading the responses. I have done the muslin on freezer paper (having soaked it in Bubble Jet) and I have used the commercial sheets from JoAnn's. BUT I have had absolutely no luck. I did a quilt putting pictures of my granddaughter in the sashing only to find out when one got wet that the pictures ran. I had to totally disassemble the quilt to get the pictures out. I have an HP printer and i've been told that some printers do better than others. Be sure you test whatever you use so you don't have to do what I did. I'll continue to watch this post and maybe can find an answer to my own problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    My problem with Printed Treasures is that it is very hard to get a needle through it if you want to sew it by hand to your quilt.
    You must be using the iron on kind? It's the fusible that is hard to stitch through, not the fabric. The sew in kind is not hard to stitch at all. And as for the printing lasting, yes, lomger, truer and clearer than anything else I have tried or heard about.

    JoAnn's sells several different kinds of similar sheets, all poor except the Printed Treasures, imho. Search for it on other threads on the board. We've talked about it quite a bit and most that have used it like it very much.

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    I use Bubble Jet cause I print a lot of pics on fabric for my heirloom quilts. For me, it's cheaper to get the material and treat it. You can buy the treated paper for just a few things but it is &&&&&&. Watch out tho. Once you've printed a couple of things you're going to catch the fabric printing disease.

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    I iron the muslin onto freezer paper, run it through the printer and then go over everything with gel pens. They are permanent and you at least have the size and font that you want the letters to be which is much easier than trying to write it yourself.

    Took me several tries to figure out wouldn't wash out but this has worked for me.

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    I use the Printed Treasures, then sew a border on the label with the binding fabric, doing it just like a binding. Then I iron it over the edge, and sew that to the quilt back. It frames the label just like the binding frames the quilt, and it's easier to stitch on than the Printed Treasures.

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    My avatar quilt has photos, but I went to a special place to have them transferred to fabric. Although they are heat set, they are not like most t-shirt prints, the "ink" is actually fused into the material. The quilt has been washed numerous times, and the photos have not changed at all. I was given a guarantee that the photos would not fade even after 50 washings. This being said, the process was not cheap. There are 20 photos on my quilt, and the cost was around $300.00 in 1995.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider
    Quote Originally Posted by dunster
    My problem with Printed Treasures is that it is very hard to get a needle through it if you want to sew it by hand to your quilt.
    You must be using the iron on kind? It's the fusible that is hard to stitch through, not the fabric. The sew in kind is not hard to stitch at all. And as for the printing lasting, yes, lomger, truer and clearer than anything else I have tried or heard about.

    JoAnn's sells several different kinds of similar sheets, all poor except the Printed Treasures, imho. Search for it on other threads on the board. We've talked about it quite a bit and most that have used it like it very much.
    No, it's not the iron on kind. It even says "soft and pliable for easy sewing" - but it isn't.

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    I used Printed Treasures as well. There are plenty of free quilt labels online that can be downloaded. I'm no expert, but right-clicking on your mouse is involved. (I'm lucky enough to have an engineer for a husband who can show me this stuff. I'm not sure how other people live with their computers without tearing all their hair out.) Anyway, if you do a search, you can find quilt labels to download, and also inscriptions for your quilts. I can give you more info if you want, but I'd need to look it up. I'm happy to do it for you if you're interested. Also, I have a software program that works pretty well. Hundreds of labels to download. It wasn't expensive, and it's fairly easy to use. My only complaint is that the instructions are not very helpful, and again, having an engineer for a husband was a big bonus!

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    I just now noticed the entry above mine. There are definitely hard to get a needle through. I machine sew them onto a backing using fabric from my quilt in the same way you put a binding on the quilt itself. It looks really nice. I don't like the iron-on kind because they have a plastic feel to them and are not flexible. I'm not sure they won't come off in the wash. I have washed printed treasures labels and the ink holds fast with no fading.

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    I think that if you have HP inks, you need to buy the bubble jet set2000. There seens to be something about the hp printer inks that do not work with the ordinary bubble jet set , and so there is a separate bubble jet set that must be used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rndelling
    I iron the muslin onto freezer paper, run it through the printer and then go over everything with gel pens. They are permanent and you at least have the size and font that you want the letters to be which is much easier than trying to write it yourself.

    Took me several tries to figure out wouldn't wash out but this has worked for me.
    Great idea!
    Thanks! :D

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    Can you tell me where you get the gel pens?

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    I have question regarding bubble jet. I used it, followed the instructions completely, even used the bubble jet rinse and in the rinse the pictures faded.

    Any suggestion? Oh I am also using the RFD (ready for dying fabric, which is the photo material I was told works the best, since it is RFD.

    Hope someone can help me, as I have a huge bottle of the jet and 2 bottles of the rinse.

    Thanks Pam

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    Roseville Rose what are gel pens???

    thanks Pam

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