How to Print on Fabric: Freezer Paper Method

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Printing on Fabric

It’s simple with the right tools and supplies. Want to try it?

You’ll need:

  • Freezer paper

  • Cotton fabric

  • Iron and pressing board

  • Rotary cutter and self-healing mat

  • Ruler

  • Inkjet printer

If you want to see the tools and supplies I used, links to multiple sources are at the end of this post.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Start with a piece of fabric larger than a sheet of freezer paper. Iron out the wrinkles.

  2. Place the shiny side of the freezer paper on the wrong side of the fabric. Place your iron on top of the freezer paper. Press iron along the entire sheet to adhere it to the fabric. It doesn’t take long for them to stick together.

  3. Use your rotary cutter, ruler, and self-healing mat to cut the fabric right along each of the 4 edges of the freezer paper. You now have a letter-size rectangle for the printer tray. Check for and snip any stray threads fraying along edges.

  4. Place the freezer-paper-backed fabric sheet into your printer.

    For my Canon model, I place the sheet fabric-side down in the paper tray.

  5. Open the PDF doc and follow printing instructions. I print one page at a time to prevent jams. I don’t like tech problems intruding on my sewing time.

  6. Let the ink dry for a couple of minutes before handling to prevent smudges.



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