I was so pleased that this little trick actually worked without a hitch!
For several months I've noticed a few different pins on Pinterest that link to tutorials on printing on fabric with your home printer. At first I just passed over these, thinking how is this possible, but with a few very large expositions that Bourgeois Baby will be at this fall and winter I have been busy making infinity scarves as a booth attraction. The problem is that they need labels, as per FTC regulation, and my label company requires a fairly large minimum. These scarves are solely a booth attraction item, and not something that I plan on carrying via the BB website (unless there is a big draw to them) so I don't plan on making a lot. Therefore, I don't want to invest a lot in tags.
Enter the print on fabric idea. I scoured Pinterest and read through a few tutorials. They are all pretty simple. Choose a fabric, attach it to a thick paper, run it through the printer.
And yes, it really was that simple!!
Here is a picture of my first run through of labels for my infinity scarves:
Here is EXACTLY what I used:
-One sheet cardstock (67lb weight)
-Quilt basting spray
-Basic cotton woven fabric in white
-Home printer with black ink (I have a HP Photosmart 5520)
Here is what I did:
-First, I sprayed the cardstock generously with the basting spray.
-Second, I laid the cotton fabric over the cardstock, and smoothed it as best as possible.
-Third, trimmed the fabric to be flush with the cardstock. I let it dry (not long at all- maybe 15 minutes to be safe)
-Last- ran it through my printer as I would any other paper!
And, it came out perfectly! The ink is printed crisply onto the fabric. Then I cut them to size, using pinking sheers to help them from fraying, and easily sewed them to my scarves. Here you will see that I also did a sheet of these on a tea colored cotton muslin, which I actually like better than the white cotton woven.
Here are some tips that I came across, as well as some concerns that I read others had about this method:
-Black printer ink works very well for long term application. Color printer inks seem to fade with washing.
-One way of increasing the life of these tags, soak the finished product in white vinegar and let dry.
-There are products to help in printing on fabric, including a fabric prep solution called Bubble Jet Set. I haven't used it, but if you are really worried that your printed fabric will fade or wash out completely then this might be worth a try. I would imagine it might be worth using if you plan on printing something like a picture or a monogram that would be the centerpiece of your project.
Of all the things I've tried on Pinterest, this by far was the easiest! And what a money saver! Is this something you've tried? What did you print?