Did you know that you can print in your regular printer on fabric? I used this technique to put names on our sailor hats for Girl's Camp! It was great not to have to worry about paint drying or markers bleeding and I could use a cool stencil font (in this case) that reminded me of the military theme.
It all starts with picking out the right fabric to print on. White or cream works best. Then, use a piece of computer paper as a pattern to cut out a piece of freezer paper that will fit into the computer. Iron it onto the back of your fabric and cut the fabric around the edge of the freezer paper. I used Reynolds freezer paper of course. (Unfortunately, we are not related to the owners of this company.) Quilters have used freezer paper for years for piecing and working with fabrics. Be sure to iron it on the fabric shiny side down. Click the pictures below see what to do.
After the words are printed you can cut them out and use them in your project. I have used this technique to make fabric bookmarks in the past. I can think of a few other options that I may use in the future. This time I finished the sailor hats. I cut the names out with my pinking rotary cutter. I stitched them onto the background fabric and attached them to the hats. I guess I could have glued them, but the stitching looks so good and was easy to do, even stitching through the stiff brim. I ordered the hats from Oriental Trading.
I am sure that you can think of a million ways that printing on fabric can be used creatively! Tell me some of your ideas! I would love to try them, (after camp and the wedding!)
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to eleven! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!