How to Print Directly on Inkjet Fabric Sheets

Create special projects like quilts or pillows

Printing a photo directly onto fabric is a fast and easy process that yields excellent results. Today's sew-on inkjet fabric sheets are washable and permanent, photos look great on them, and they're readily available at hobby and craft stores as well as fabric and quilting shops. Here's a look at how to print photos onto fabric sheets as well as some tips for getting the best results.

There are a variety of inkjet fabric sheet brands, including Jacquard, Electric Quilt, June Tailor, and more. Check with your local craft, hobby, and fabric stores for more information.

How to Print on Inkjet Fabric Sheets

It's easy to take the photo of your choice and print it onto a fabric sheet to use for quilt labels, memory quilts, pillows, fabric scrapbooks, and more.

  1. Choose the photo you want to print. The fabric sheets are 8.5 inches by 11 inches, so the image you choose should be large and sharp. Perform any necessary photo editing using graphics software.

    Prepare a photo for printing onto fabric
    June Tailor

    If you don't have any graphics software, try a free tool such as Gimp or Adobe Photoshop Express.

  2. Print out your photo on paper as a test. Use inkjet paper and set the printer to print at its highest quality. Check the results to make sure the photo's color looks good and the image is clear and sharp.

  3. Verify that the fabric sheet has no loose threads before you load it into the printer. If there are, cut them (don't pull) and load the sheet.

  4. Set the printer settings for plain paper. Print the image and let the ink dry for a few minutes before you handle the fabric sheet.

    Printout for June Tailor project
    June Tailor 
  5. Peel the paper backing from the sheet. Some brands recommend using a hot iron to further set the picture. Refer to your fabric sheet brand for specific instructions.

  6. Trim the picture. It's ready to sew into your project.

    Sew inkjet fabric sheet directly into the project
     June Tailor

Tips for Printing on Inkjet Fabric Sheets

To get the best results, choose a sharp picture that will look good at a large size. Make sure to use test paper made for inkjet printers. This will give you a better idea of what your printed fabric sheet will look like.

It's a good idea to test-print before you print on the fabric sheet. These sheets aren't cheap, so you don't want to waste any.