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It’s Design & Photography month over on CRAFT, Where Andrew Lewis has a guide to running fabric through your inkjet printer:

Sometimes I have a great idea for a textile project, but I get put off by the thought of trawling through the seemingly endless bolts of fabric at the store. Then I think about the hassle of haggling over the price and ending up with three times as much fabric as I actually needed.

I decided to try printing my own fabric on an inkjet printer, and the results really exceeded my expectations. The advantages to this technique are tremendous, and I don’t have to haggle over prices any more.

I get my own designs, in the quantity I need, at a fraction of the price I would normally pay. The only drawback is that people keep asking me to print something special for them, too!

Becky Stern

Becky Stern is head of wearable electronics at Adafruit Industries. Her personal site: sternlab.org


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  1. aprilladeville.livejournal.com says:

    This is really cool but if that process is a little too DIY, you should check out spoonflower.com. I’d prefer to avoid all the trial and error bits and just get to the final product; fabric made to look how I want.

    You can upload an image and they print the custom fabric for you. Prices and quality seem decent too but I haven’t actually used them yet since I can’t sew! (I’m not associated with them in any way- just a fan!)

    1. Becky Stern says:

      We love Spoonflower, too! Check out this rad CRAFT fabric they printed for us from Samantha Hahn’s design: http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2009/05/spoonflower_craft_fabric.html

  2. EthanZ says:

    Hackaday has a great guide on modifying a printer for direct-to-garment printing for printing on already-assembled garments. It’s a bit involved, but the results are quite nice.

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