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Thread: Transferring pictures to fabric

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    Junior Member KyKat's Avatar
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    Transferring pictures to fabric

    Is there a way to transfer pictures that I have downloaded from the internet to fabric? I have put them on a light box, put the fabric over them, traced and colored them in with crayons and fabric markers (I have done 4 quilts this way so far), but my next one has very detailed figures, and I wonder if anyonoe knows of a way I can make transfers of the pictures that I can iron on to fabric - short of taking them to a printer or something like that? I need them to be washable (these are going to be useable quilts, not wall-hangings). Thanks for any suggestions.
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    Super Member fivepaws's Avatar
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    Jun 2010
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    Would love some pictures. Sounds very interesting.

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    Power Poster dunster's Avatar
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    You can print with an inkjet directly onto fabric, using freezer paper as a backing, or buy paper-backed sheets made for that purpose. Printed Treasures is one brand that I have used. You need to research the method you use to determine whether you will need to treat the fabric before or after printing. But I'm concerned when you say that you downloaded these pictures from the internet. They may be copyright protected, or trademarked images.

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    Senior Member grammatjr's Avatar
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    My favorite method is cyanotype printing. The pics will be all blue, or all brown, etc, like old tin types. But the fabric is actually printed through, not just layered on top as with computer fabric printing. It is very durable and washable.

    You can see some of the quilts I have done in these albums:

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    Super Member willferg's Avatar
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    There is a pen you can use to draw over the lines on paper, then iron the paper to the fabric to transfer the lines, but I found the lines were both fat and faint. I've read that sometimes you can print something out and then iron that directly onto fabric, but I was never clear if that was laser print or inkjet print. You might google such transfer methods or even try printing out and ironing some of your images to see if they'll transfer properly.

    Good luck -- I'd love to see some of your work!

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