I just discovered an amazing way to print small pieces of fabric at home. This tutorial on instructables explains how to do it in detail, but basically you use freezer paper, which is waxy on one side. You iron a piece of fabric to a piece of freezer paper – both slightly larger than standard printer paper. It sticks to the fabric perfectly. Then you carefully trim the fabric/paper to the same size as normal printer paper (that’s A4 for me). The result of the print is incredible – you can get really fine detail.
This method would be so useful for art and craft projects, soft toys, or for Furoshiki, the Japanese art of wrapping. The only downside so far is that my printer ink isn’t waterproof, so the prints are not washable. I understand that waterproof printing ink for fabric can be sourced though, so when i find some i’ll let you know. The freezer paper can be hard to find in shops in the UK, I got some on ebay though very easily.
So for my first test I made this little lavendar bag stuffed matryoshka doll – pretty cool! Click on the image above to see it fully. Below is the dolls backside..
If you would like to have a go at making this doll you can download the images here. First print them onto fabric using the method above. Cut them out (while theyre still on the paper, it’s easier) slightly bigger than the black edge, sew them right side facing and leave a gap at the bottom for stitching closed. Insert a ribbon as you sew. The hem is about 1cm, but there’s margin for error. Now stuff with whatever you like and sew closed. (just don’t get it wet unless you have waterproof ink!)