DIY Printed Fabric – SO EASY! (Echo Park)

Hi Everyone

I have a post on the Echo Park blog today showing a couple of ideas using the fabulous Echo Park digital collections available at Jessica Sprague. I have showcased this idea before, but when I saw the Hello Summer Collection available in digital format I knew this would be the perfect collection to share it again!

Printed Fabric Technique
Did you ever see an idea on-line and think – it really can’t be that easy? When I saw this post I was inspired to try and print directly onto some plain fabric and it really works! Check out the pointers below..

  1. You can purchase these sheets and print onto them in any regular printer – however here in New Zealand they are imported and work out at about $6 per sheet. They DO work well – however for about 30cents a sheet I created my own version – read on!
  2. Inspired by this post here I took some full-page labels and some white calico cotton
  3. I stuck the label onto the cotton, smoothed out the creases and cut carefully around it
  4. I printed onto the page (fabric side up and using the rear tray) with just regular color print settings on my inkjet printer. 

I imagine this would NOT work in a laser printer due to the adhesive on the label and heat involved.

I am not sure how color-fast this would be for washing – but for something like a decorative bag it works perfectly. I used the smaller square to make some fabric covered buttons too.

I hope you can use these ideas to get your imagination stirring and please post a comment with any questions.

I am linking up this post to these websites here.

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  • Reply Marlene May 15, 2012 at 10:17 PM

    I love printing on fabric! Can you get freezer paper in New Zealand? Freezer paper has a shiny (plastic coated) side and you can cut it to 8.5×11 and iron the shiny side onto your fabric. In the US freezer paper is about $4 but you get a whole roll so it ends up being very inexpensive.

    • Reply Lowri May 15, 2012 at 10:18 PM

      Thanks Marlene – yes we CAN get freezer paper so I will definitely be trying that idea too! Great idea 🙂

  • Reply Louise - PunknScrap May 15, 2012 at 11:06 PM

    Great idea Lowri. I have no idea if my epson printer is lazer, I guess it is since I can not print on acetate.
    Will have to buy cartridges for Andrews old HP one so I can give this a go.

    • Reply Lowri May 15, 2012 at 11:07 PM

      Thanks Louise – I guess you could look out for laser printer lables!?!
      Lowri 🙂

    • Reply Kara Taylor October 18, 2012 at 11:10 PM

      Louise, I just stocked up on some ink cartridges so I can finally try out some of these inspiring craft ideas. Ink Technologies has some great prices on their website, saved me a lot of money! Just thought I'd share. 🙂

      Thanks for the ideas Lowri!

  • Reply Jamie May 16, 2012 at 5:32 PM

    Whoa! I had no idea that is even possible! And it looks stunning!!

  • Reply Partycraft Secrets May 17, 2012 at 2:58 AM

    beautiful job – the colours you chose look AMAZING in the photo – found you via linky – would love for you to come visit me too… off to have a good look around your blog – best wishes. x


  • Reply Katina May 17, 2012 at 4:24 AM

    Great idea, I never thought about printing paper designs on fabric, I have just suggested to paper designers to submit their designs to fabric companies and then hope to see them in fabric.

    I do need to give you some FYI info: If you printed the fabric with dye ink on regular cotton that has not been pre-treated for dyeing then it is not washable. There is a product you can use called Bubble Jet Set and it makes your printing permanent, and it's inexpensive. Here's a link below that shows the product and has some good info:

    • Reply Lowri May 17, 2012 at 4:34 AM

      Thanks Katina – that is great information!

  • Reply Marie May 25, 2012 at 2:28 AM

    What a neat idea. I love the pattern and the colors!

  • Reply Marcie May 28, 2012 at 7:24 PM

    This is so cute. I would love if you shared it on my Monday linky party!
    Thanks Marcie @ http://www.IGottaTryThat.com


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