How to Print on a Bandana

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How to Print on a Bandana
Bandanna. (portrait in the forest image by Renata Osinska from

Creating your own handmade fashions always requires a healthy blend of creativity and patience. Thanks to advances in computer technology, users can now use ink jet printers to create their own designs to transfer onto cloth items such as bandannas. This project is ideal for independent use, an enjoyable activity for kids or for events such as children's birthday and slumber parties. Set time aside as getting the design right will likely take a good deal of work and readjusting. Plan to use bandannas in pale colours so the text will show clearly.

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Things you need

  • Ink jet printer
  • Freezer paper

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  1. 1

    Open your computer's word processing program.

  2. 2

    Type in the lettering you wish to place on your bandanna. Highlight the letters and change the font to a dark (bold) font that is legible from a couple of feet away.

  3. 3

    Measure your bandanna. Most bandannas are around 6-inches-long by 6-inches-wide, the best size for working with a printer that prints on 8.5-by-11 inch paper. If your bandanna is larger than these dimensions, simply use scissors to trim it to size.

  4. 4

    Cut a piece of freezer paper to a 9-by-12 inch size. Set the freezer paper under the darker side of the bandanna (the bottom). If your bandanna is the same colour all over, simply select a side to place the paper under.

  5. 5

    Flip the paper and bandanna over onto an ironing board so the freezer paper is resting on top of the bandanna. Use an iron on low heat and iron the paper and bandanna to put the two pieces together.

  6. 6

    Use scissors to cut away the excess freezer paper from around the bandanna. Set the bandanna in the printing tray in the position that is correct for your printer. For instance, if your printer prints on the top side of paper when placed in the tray, set the bandanna so the freezer paper faces upward. Reverse if your printer prints on the bottom side.

  7. 7

    Select "File>Print" from your word processing program's menu bar. This initiates the printing process on the freezer paper that has been attached to the bandanna. Trim any additional freezer paper sticking out around from the letters.

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