How to Put a Photo on Fabric

Written by christopher hall
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You can easily transfer photos or even drawings from your computer to fabric. There are three ways to do this: with photo transfer paper, available at craft shops; with fabric sheets you feed through your printer; or with a homemade version of fabric sheets. Photo transfer paper leaves a plastic film on your fabric and requires a lot of ink to use. Fabric sheets are expensive and can be hard to find. However, by using freezer paper adhered to the back of prepared muslin, you can make your own fabric sheets for very little money.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Freezer paper
  • Muslin
  • Iron
  • Computer
  • Digital photos
  • Printer

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Iron your muslin. Each fabric sheet is 8½ in. wide by 11 in. long. You will need 8½ in. x 11 in. of muslin for each sheet you wish to make.

  2. 2

    Place freezer paper, waxy side down, on top of your muslin. Place it on the wrong side of the fabric. The photo will print onto the right side.

  3. 3

    Iron the freezer paper to the muslin. This will cause the freezer paper to adhere to the muslin, giving it a firm backing and allowing it to thread through your printer.

  4. 4

    Cut muslin into sheets 8½ in x 11 in. If you would like other dimensions, and your printer can adjust to them, you can, of course, use other dimensions. You will be cutting the strips to fit through your printer and transfer your photos.

  5. 5

    Prepare your photos for printing. Use the best possible printer setting.

  6. 6

    Feed your fabric sheets through your printer and print the photos onto them. Make sure to feed them through so that the photo will print onto the right side.

  7. 7

    Peel off the paper and you are finished! You may want to heat set the photo with a hot iron, being careful not to burn. Use a pressing cloth if desired.

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