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Thursday, September 18, 2008

A tiny tutorial ~

I thought it would be neat to
show you how I print onto fabric!!

Now you're right, you have to be brave and stick this through your printer, but if you've sprayed your sheet properly with the adhesive, the fabric should stay put during it's little trip through! I'm not guaranteeing anything though . . . it's just a risk you have to take :) I guess I wanted to do it so bad I took the plunge!

This is also a little taste of what my tutorials on The Little Speckled Egg look like ~ step by step photographs including typed instructions as well. I just love the look of this printed muslin ~

Make sure there are no loose threads on all sides

I press mine with a dry iron to set the ink but to tell you the truth I'm not sure how it would hold up to washing! I'll have to give it a try to see ~

I hope you like my beautiful new banner designed by Renee at Thompson Designs, I just LOVE it!!!!
Thank you so very much Renee ~ it turned out beautiful!

Now I need to sew these pretty images into something special!!

I hope you're all having a great week ~ the boys have been home from school, DH has had the week off and I'm trying to stay up as late as I possibly can because I can sleep in!!

Wishing you a great Thursday!
xxoo, Dawn


Fete et Fleur said...

I have always wanted to do this! Thanks for sharing your technique with us.


LiLi M. said...

Great! I am going to try this! I made a flat cushion for my aunt filled with rice and lavender to put her teapot on, but I have used a transfer paper to decorate it, and it will probably not stand the heat. Here is the solution! Thanks for sharing! Your new banner is great too!

Dorthe said...

Hello dear Dawn,
Your new banner is sooo sweet and beautifull
loving hugs from Dorthe

sherri (Tied Up In Ribbons) said...

very cool. I will be trying this soon!

marie said...

I love your new banner ~ it's very you I think. You changed your background too! I love it! It' muslin, isn't it?

I've printed on fabric beforeand you're so right. The look is wonderful.

Happy creating!

Thompson Designs said...

Dawn I'm so happy you love your banner and the background looks great with it!


linda said...

I love the new look of your blog! I must admit that I was sceptical when you announced that you would change the old banner that I so loved, but it turned out wonderful!

madrekarin said...

Your new banner is beautiful!! She did a lovely job on that.
My hubs freaks out when I send things through the printer that he thinks should not be used, like paper bags, etc. I just shoot them through anyway.* My theory is this-If we don't try things, we'll never get to see the very cool results, will we?
Can't wait to see what your printed fabric turns into!

*That is until I have to buy the next printer.

Vanessa {Bloom Right Here!} said...

Your new banner is beautiful! I'm not sure I'm brave enough to try printing on fabric. I can't afford to buy a new printer right now. :)

cindy said...

I have always wanted to do this too. But yeah, I am a little apprehensive...hate to screw up the old printer! LOL. And love the new's adorable!


Charmingdesigns said...

Your banner is fabulous!! Fits you to a T !! Nice tutorial! Laurie

Rustic Tarts said...

Renee did our banner too Dawn, doesn't she do a wonderful job? I found her so good at interpreting what we wanted and coming up with the goods!! LOL


Diane said...

Dawn, this looks simple and much less expensive than buying the already prepared sheets of fabric in the packages.

My printer accepts the thickness of student grade watercolor paper so I hope thin muslin on inexpensive copy paper won't go over the limit.

Thanks! You're a peach for sharing with us some of these "mysterious" techniques!


Dawn said...

The banner is wonderful! I was so excited for you when I saw it...

Thanks for sharing your technique. I have tried this before...but did not do the spray adhesive on the paper. That should definitely keep the edges secure.

Becky said...

Ok, I have a title for your book.
"Dawns book of you can do this too"
How sweet for you to share with us sweet friend. I'm gonna have to try this. Thanks so much for always sharing and encourging everyone to try something new.
And thanks for the pat on the back with your comments on my blog.
I can't wait to get that Somerset Life. You are the so very inspiring. I know you hear that all the time, but really.
I hope your having a good day.


Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Ohhhhhh! That's not done the way that I thought at all. Thank you for the tutorial!

Jen r. said...

Very cool! I've seen where you can iron it on to freezer paper too, but I've been too nervous to put it through my printer! Maybe I'll try it now!

Vee ~ A Haven for Vee said...

Was that header there a minute ago? It's gorgeous and perfect for your blog. I just love it!

Miss Sandy said...

I love your new look! The banner is just beautiful and the background you chose sets it off well. Happy creating today!

Creations from my heart said...

Oh, first off I love the banner. It is perfect! Thanks for showing how to make your own printable paper. I have always bought the package of it at Jo-anns, it gets expensive. This will save me some $$. I have a few questions for you. I'm going to email you if you don't mid rather than ramble on your comments. I'm off to Jo-anns to get the Somerset magazine. I have my 40% off coupon! Blessings Dear freind, Sherry

Brenda Kula said...

Thank you! How wonderful when someone shares their knowledge!

Joy said...

Dawn- Just one more goodie for your book. Some people won't share ideas- it's like a top secret or something- but you try to inspire and I truly appreciate that. Thanks-- Joy

Myrna said...

Thanks for the how-to! I really want to try that and you make it sound so easy!!
Love your new banner and muslin background--it's so YOU!!

thejoyofnesting said...


Ohhhhh your new banner is beautiful!!!!!!!!! :c} Boy does my newbie little blog have a lot of growing up to do!! :c}

Thank soooo much for the easy to follow instructions!!! I can't wait to play :c} :c}

Pattie :c}
Mazatlan Mexico

Kathy at Shocking Pink Thread said...

Last night I was reading your blog and next thing I knew, poof! A lovely new banner and background appeared. The banner is wonderful! And I like the new background too--could it be that drop cloth texture you enjoy so much? Thanks for always sharing little secret techniques for the rest of us to try. Oh! I'm counting the minutes until Somerset Life comes out! ~Kathy

Mrs. Staggs said...

Hi Dawn,

I love printing on fabric too. I usually just iron my fabric onto the shiny side of freezer paper, and then I cut it to size. If you are planning to wash your item, you usually will need to use a product called "Bubble Jet" and treat your fabric first. That is what most quilters use, when they include fabric they've created. Or, some of the larger quilt shops have a special iron sort of thing that sets the ink at a much higher temp. without scorching it.

I love your new banner!

Elizabeth G. said...

I didn't know you could do that!?!

Thank you for much for showing us how...



Lady Em said...

I love the new banner and the background!!!!!!!! I'm thinking about changing mine for fall.
Miss ya'll and love you!!!!!!!

Viv (VivLyn) said...

Great tutorial! Clear and concise and I must give it a try! Thanks for doing this!

Love Bears All Things said...

Thanks for the tutorial! I love visiting your blog.
Mama Bear

kathy said...

Made the comment about your banner - in above post -- Have printed on ready mades , and yes they are expensive -- will try this -- Btw -- How do you change the background of your blog ???
I changed my color , but don,t know about textures- kathy - GA

lindaharre said...

Oh THANK YOU DAWN!!!! What a wonderful idea....very clever girl:D I will be trying this as soon as I get home from vacation:D

Wren Cottage said...

Dawn, you are such a sweet and generous soul.... thank you for sharing this!!! YOU are amazing!! When I get the chance to try this, I'll do a post on my blog for you to see!!! Hugs ~*~*~*~* Madai

Shopgirl said...

I will do this...I have used iron on from the computer, this will be a little tricky, but what the heck, I am game. Thank you for sharing.
Hugs, mary

vikki said...

sucha sweetie u r to share with us! thank*u m'dear. i will have to try it sometime. love your new look, but loved your other one, too! whatever you do ~ it is lovely. hugs & blessings, vikki♥

Tamara said...

Thank you so much Dawn..I want to try this. You really are an inspiration and so helpful! It's so sweet of you to share.
Blessings, Tamara


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