Friday, 15 October 2010

How to print on fabric

So step one of the Penguin Books quilt for my sister is to print 56 classic book titles onto fabric.  To do this, I bought a bottle of Bubble Jet Set 2000, cut 28 pieces of Kona snow into pieces 9" by 10", soaked them in the Bubble Jet Set 2000 and hung them up to dry dripping over the tray so I can pour the spare solution back into the bottle.

Once they are dry, iron each one to a sheet of freezer paper and trim the fabric to the size of the freezer paper.  Put each sheet into the printer and print the book titles on, or whatever you want to print on the fabric.  Leave the fabric for half an hour for the printer ink to dry then wash in a mild hand washing detergent solution.  Once again, hang them out to dry.
You can see here I have The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, East of Eden and The Little White Horse amongst other drying out.  Once they are dry, they will be sewn to the coloured tops and bottoms of the books.  Ooh I've just noticed, if you look down the corridoor you can see my tree panels and Authentic coin quilt hanging up  on the left and on the right is the bell I ring for the kids to come for tea!

13 comments:

  1. oooh and the clock I mended...

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  2. I'm seriously impressed with the trouble it takes.

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  3. Brilliant ! and I so need a bell, would stop me sounding like a fish wife yelling down the street :)

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  4. That sounds interesting! when you posted before i thought you were making blocks out of teatowels as you can buy teatowels like that!

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  5. Wow - such devotion to the craft. I think I'm a bit too impatient for a project like this but I really do like the idea of printing on fabric. Thanks for the details. Can't wait to see the finished product x

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  6. Nice to see your sister is impressed! This quilt is going to be so amazing.

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  7. Cool bell!! I really need to get a printer! Thanks for sharing your tips. Voyage of the Dawn Treader was my favourite of the Narnian series.

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  8. The quilt for your sister sounds very interesting. i have never printed on fabric before, thanks for showing how you are doing it. Love the bell!! xo

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  9. I've just bought a bottle of Bubble Jet myself...can't wait for trying it (I wanted to start with a label...one step at a time)...
    I've heared that you can use plastic zipper bags to soak the fabric in order to keep the wast to a minimum, but I haven't tried it myself.

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  10. how cool is that??? as a bookseller and quilter i have to say: very!!
    can´t wait to see how this will turn out,
    claudia

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  11. This looks so time consuming but so fun too! Seriously impressed with this wuilt and can't wait to hear what your sister thinks!

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  12. Ah Lynne .. thank you I had never heard of the bubble solution stuff .. what a great idea.. love it .. g

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  13. what is that wonderful drying rack? did you construct it yourself? or purchased?

    and thanks for the label tutorial!

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