Printing on Fabric = $1 Art

Are you ready to use your printer to print directly on fabric?  What a perfect project for some cheap art!

Some links in this post are affiliate links which means a portion of your purchase will go to support this site.  I used a graphic from the Graphics Fairy to print a bird image to white fabric.  Spray some heavy to medium weight card stock with spray adhesive then add your fabric.  Print your image just like you are printing on paper. 

Pull the fabric off of the card stock after your ink has dried.  Add a dollar store picture frame…

A little white wash and a little sanding later….

I left the glass off of mine — it almost looks like a painted canvas.  Gorgeous art for $1….that is my kind of project!
Learn how to print on fabric with your home printer!


  1. says

    I love this!! You chose such a pretty graphic to print. Can you believe that I don’t have a printer?!? Wish I did so I could try this.

  2. says

    I am so going to try this over the weekend! My question is: you can only print out on 8 and 1/2 by 11 paper, no? Just wondering how to do something bigger but I guess I better start small – lol! Looks great!

  3. says

    Okay, so I ADORE that bird and want to make a pillow using it. I tried printing on fabric by taping it to cardstock this weekend, but it didn’t work. So I’m going to try it this way, too! Thanks!

  4. says

    hi. I want to try this (the bird printed on fabric, but go a bit further by embellishing with bead embroidery…cute, huh?), but when I click on the link you posted for the instructions it is showing a page to sell that domain name. Do you happen to remember or know of another site that has that info? Please help! lol…thank you much!
    Katina Howe

  5. Angie says

    I have an inkjet printer. Is there any way to prevent the ink from running if it gets wet? I thought about incorporating this idea into decorative pillows.

  6. Keri says

    i love this technique! You can also then use the fabric for a change purse or pillow. Set the ink with a white vinegar bath, and air dry. I’ve washed a few items I made and they hold up well! The only downside is that depending on your print resolution, you will burn through printer cartridges quick if you do a bunch.

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