If you want to make your own quilts or print on specialty media, this video YouTube is a great tutorial on how to print on a number of fabrics or even make 3D crafts. In order to print on fabrics and materials like this, you must use an inkjet printer because it doesn’t use toner or heat when printing. There are a number of different inkjet machines from reputable companies like Epson and HP that will work great for these types of print jobs.
Another important printer feature you need to look out for is the type of ink it uses. Essentially there are two types of ink: dye based and pigment based. Dye based ink is water soluble, so it’s key to use pre-treated fabrics before printing. Pigment based inks are less susceptible to wear and tear, but are also a bit more expensive than dye based ink. The next important step in printing on fabric-type media is to be sure that there is a backing to the fabric to stabilize it and a treatment so that the inkjet ink applied is permanent. There are a number of pre-treated fabrics available at local craft stores.
You are also able to buy these pre-treated fabric sheets in a wide variety of fibers including pima cotton, poplin cotton, denim, broadcloth, twill and canvas. Depending on the type of project you’re printing, each type of fabric offers something different. The cotton based fabrics, for instance, are very soft and great for quilts or blankets.
One of the key things to remember when printing on fabric media is to keep you projects out of direct sunlight. The ability to use common inkjet printers to create your own home crafts, like quilts and scrapbooks, is a great way to save money. Instead of going out and getting a professional or store to do it, you’re your home printer can easily provide excellent fabric prints.