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Printing on Fabric

Learn how to transfer photographs to fabric, then use them in various ways

With: Ruth Blanchet
Skill Level: Beginner

Learn how to transfer photographs to fabric, then use them in various ways

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3 Lessons
Type: Workshop
Price: $32.00
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Tags: printing on fabric, online workshop, printed fabric


Learn how to take your favorite photographs and print them onto fabric using your ink jet printer and computer. Ruth will take you through the process of preparing fabric to accept the photograph and then show you four creative ways to use your fabric photos in projects. You will be able to make quilt labels, fabric books and a small memory wall hanging. In the last project, you will use a scenic photo as the base for thread painting. This exciting technique will open the doors to many possibilities in quilt making. Level: basic quilting and sewing skills. Must be comfortable with your printer and scanner. You need either MS Word or a graphics software program to create labels.

Student Comments


The teacher did a good job of presenting the material. Thinking of making a quilt for my bed with pictures of all the grandchildren and she gave very good ideas.

Supplies Required for Workshop


  • Inkjet Printer with sufficient ink (it is a good idea to have replacement cartridges on hand if you are getting low)  A laser printer will not work for this process.
  • digital photos to be printed
  • iron
  • clothes hangers (skirt hangers with clips are ideal) or thick towel for drying fabric

For pre-treating your own fabric, you will need the following:

  • Bubble Jet Set 2000 solution
  • 200 count cotton or silk fabric
  • a tray or zip lock bag to soak the fabric in.
  • somewhere to hang your fabric so it can drip dry – I used a skirt hanger and hung it over the bath tub.

If not pre-treating your own fabric, you will need:

  • any commercial fabric sheets such as Miracle fabric sheets or Color Texture fabric sheets , which come backed with paper
  • OR pre-treated fabric by the yard

Notes:  When purchasing pre-treat fabric sheet be sure to read the package carefully.  Some fabric sheets are not designed for washing while others are.  If you are in doubt of which to purchase, we will have discussions and recommendations in the first lesson.

Peel ‘n’ Stick by Printed Treasures is not suitable for the projects in this class.  It is ideal for adding fabric prints to projects that do not require stitching, such as frames and plastic boxes.

To feed fabric without backing through your printer, you need either

  • freezer paper, either pre-cut or on the roll.  (When using the roll, I prefer to cut a sheet slightly bigger than your paper size and leave it sitting under some large heavy books overnight to flatten it and remove the curl. )
  • OR page sized Avery labels

All projects are optional.

Quilt Label

  • Basic software for adding text to pictures.  Microsoft Word can be used.
  • Pre-treated fabric ready for printing or commercial fabric sheet.

Photo Quilt

Measures 15" x 20" or [22 1/2" x 30"]

Note:  Measurements for large size are given in square brackets.

  • FIVE printouts of scenes, family, pets, or your favourite photos in the following sizes:
    • THREE 3 1/2"  [5"]  printouts (A)
    • TWO 2 1/2"  [3 1/2"]  printouts (B)

Note:  These printouts may vary in any size smaller than listed, so if you have a smaller printout you want to use, let me know and we can discuss ways to add borders to bring it up to size.  Larger photos require different measurements for the whole quilt, so they will not be appropriate for this project.  Since you will not want to quilt across the photo, small sizes usually work better.  If you wish to use large photos, these need to be reduced before printing. This will be covered in class.

  • assortment of light fabrics (only small amounts required of each)
  • assortment of medium/dark fabrics (only small amounts required of each)
  • 10" [1/2 yd] medium fabric for outer border
  • Thread for piecing and quilting
  • 17" x 24" [25" x 32"] rectangle of batting (This and the backing include 2" extra on all sides)
  • 17" x 24" [25" x 32"] rectangle of backing fabric
  • 2" strips of binding fabric, enough so that when joined on the bias the length will be approximately 75" [100"].
  • Embellishments can be also added if desired.
  • General sewing supplies such as sewing machine, pins, needles, scissors, rotary cutter and rulers.

Fabric Book

  • scrapbooking journal or pages.  Pages can be as simple as an old baby book, those ones with extra thick pages, or just thick cardboard.
  • fabric printouts no larger than the pages of your book
  • any embellishments including scraps of fabric, yarn and scrapbooking items
  • general sewing supplies
  • glue may be useful

Embroidered Print Project

  • ONE sheet of pre-treated fabric ready for printing or a commercial fabric sheet
  • embroidery threads. 

    If using my printout, I used Mettler threads in these colors:

    • white (02) and blue (787) for the water
    • four browns (712, 711, 511, 515) and one green (903) for the rocks
    • three greens (714, 547, 952) and two tans (515, 781) for the grass and tussock. 

If using your own printout, any embroidery threads to match the fabric colours of your piece

  • Small amount of fabric for bordering and binding your quilt.
  • 17" x 14" rectangle of batting and stabilizer
  • 17" x 14" rectangle of backing fabric
  • General sewing supplies
  • Small beads (optional)


Lesson One

You will learn how to print on fabric using your home printer, computer and fabrics.  There will be two methods for pre-treating your fabric as well as information on using commercially purchased pre-treated fabric sheets.  We will prepare photos for printing and there will be tips on how to enhance these to give the best results. 

Lesson Two

Complete directions for two projects: label making and a photo/memory quilt.  Instructions include using Word to combine graphics and text. 

Lesson Three

Instructions for making a fabric book using a scrapbook as a base.  Step by step instructions for thread painting on top of a photo print on fabric.  For the thread painting project, there will be a scenic photo supplied in the lesson to help you grasp the concept of thread colour selection.

Student Comments


The teacher did a good job of presenting the material. Thinking of making a quilt for my bed with pictures of all the grandchildren and she gave very good ideas.

Student's projects