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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!

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Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern (sternlab.org is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).


  • aprilladeville.livejournal.com

    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!)

  • EthanZ

    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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