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What’s better than crafting your own one-of-a-kind garment? Making the fabric you use to craft your super one-of-a-kind garment! After posting yesterday’s prints and patterns inspiration, I thought it might be great to show you guys a few ways to make those prints yourself. Fabric companies don’t always bestow us with the most…uh, fashionable prints (dinosaurs and stars, anyone?) and often times the idea we see in our heads is hard to find in real life. I think that’s the reason many of us sew, to make the things we want but can’t find anywhere. Check out these ideas – from digital printing to stenciling – for taking that print you desire and turning it into your own unique fabric!

Has anyone ever had their designs printed on fabric? Spoonflower, Karma Craft, Fabric on Demand and Eye Candy are all relatively new companies offering to print up your unique designs on a range of fabric, from basic cotton to silks and linens. The fantastic fabric blog True Up did a great experiment using all four fabric printing services and created an amazing comprehensive guide detailing the pros and cons of each. Check it out before you invest in having your fabric printed, it could be a huge time and money saver!

Another way to digitally print your own fabric is to do it at home. This savvy crafter shows you step-by-step how to print and transfer your own design on fabric with just a printer, freezer paper and an iron. I wouldn’t recommend this for garments, this process is best suited for small accessories and projects. Don’t forget, an ink jet printer and water resistant ink are a must for this!

One more option for printing your own fabric at home, make sure to check out this product from Inkbloom called Loomtack™, a stabilizer that provides your fabric with enough stiffness to allow it to run right through the printer!

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A digitally printed look from Alexander McQueen, the QualiJet HS Digital Textile Printer – for large scale fabric printing jobs, and much larger budgets!

Having your fabric printed is ideal if you want a complicated (ie: photo) or large scale design, however if you have simple, repeated design in mind block printing is a wallet friendly way of creating your own pattern. These directions from Cut Out and Keep should get you started.

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If you can’t find a cool stamp and don’t want to carve your own, you can always use a stencil like this printed duvet project from Design Sponge

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Another option for getting that print on to fabric is screen printing. If you’re new to this craft, check out helpful tips to get you started here and here.

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Have you used one of these techniques to create your own design on fabric? Do you have any other tips or suggestions for creating a specialty printed fabric?

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    Jul 26, 2013, 09.01 AMby Wilma Stoffheimer

    Thanks for mentioning http://www.stoff-schmie.de/en – please don’t hesitate to ask in case of questions. Samples can be received here… https://www.stoff-schmie.de/en/shop/swatches

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    Mar 7, 2012, 01.32 PMby ice8823

    This is an awesome i will defo be trying this. Is there an alternative option in the UK anybody knows about??

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    Mar 7, 2012, 01.32 PMby ice8823

    This is an awesome i will defo be trying this. Is there an alternative option in the UK anybody knows about??

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    Oct 21, 2011, 10.38 AMby woman

    thanks for this post, especially the alternative options to spoonflower :D

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    Feb 15, 2011, 08.54 PMby sybilkornplops

    Does anyone know if there is an equivalent to Spoonflower in Austraiia?

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    Feb 15, 2011, 01.18 AMby caribbelle

    this is great, I was desperately looking for a print making class!!

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    Jan 26, 2011, 04.21 PMby anohm

    Spoonflower ist great, but shipping to Germany takes so long and I was a bit disappointed when I washed my fabric. It lost much color.

    Stoffn.de is a bit more pricey compared to spoonflower, but I washed my testprints severel times and the fabrics didn’t shrink and teh colors look still the same.

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    Jan 25, 2011, 10.23 PMby gypsylov1

    i find spoonflowers knit to be to heavy. almost the weight of sweatshirt material… i wish it was more like a jersey. i also wish they offered chiffon and Lycra!

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    Jan 25, 2011, 10.06 PMby fuzzyg

    Does anyone know if there’s a spoonflower equivalent in Europe??

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    Jan 25, 2011, 07.45 PMby jessiseling

    I’ve had a few samples printed at spoonflower just to see how the print turned out. They are vibrant and I love them. It’s a little more pricey than I am used to paying for fabric but if I needed something for a special occasion I would definitely use them. I really want some fancy knits!!!

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    Jan 24, 2011, 08.33 PMby JOJO678

    Thanks for really cool and high level tips!

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    Jan 24, 2011, 08.31 PMby JOJO678

    Really cool high level tips!

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    Jan 24, 2011, 05.48 PMby Sarah Hofer

    Motifpersonnel.com is a french company that propose custom fabric printing ! I compared it to spoonflower, and it’s really better for french and europeans, because motif personnel prints on 140cm height! the fabric is cretonne 100% cotton, I made few fabrics, and I love the results! go and visit the website!

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    Jan 24, 2011, 03.24 PMby candyjoyce

    I have been using Spoonflower for a little while now and I love their fabrics. The prints always come out really well.

    My next idea is to print the pattern pieces of a dress onto fabric and design a bespoke print for the pattern pieces which will accentuate curves when the pattern is made up into a garment. I think this could be really interesting.

    Now for some shameless self promotion!!! If anyone wants to commission a fabric design for themselves then please feel free to get in touch either through Burdastyle or at my Spoonflower Profile: http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/candyjoyce

    Cheers, Candy

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    Jan 23, 2011, 09.31 PMby mimishim

    This is great! It’s always good to be reminded of the simple “stamping” techniques.

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    Jan 22, 2011, 11.35 PMby mlssfshn

    You also may want to try my tutorial on butcher paper

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      Jan 23, 2011, 01.17 PMby tonierenee

      I will be doing this with my teens during the Feb. Vacation. Thanks for the tutorial!

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    Jan 22, 2011, 08.32 PMby ashchaser

    Drip wax all over some muslin, dye, and wash. Voila! You have Batik!

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    Jan 22, 2011, 06.35 PMby surfjewels

    Hmmm, mayb a new thing to try?!

    Hannah Handmade Jewellery http://surfjewels.000space.com

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    Jan 22, 2011, 10.11 AMby marmota-b

    Back when I attended the local art school, with the teacher who was into fiber arts, we stenciled pillowcases. Made our own stencils from cardstock treated with hemp varnish (? – kind of oil, used, I believe, to varnish wood) to make them more durable. You can also always just paint your fabric with fabric paints…

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    Jan 22, 2011, 04.01 AMby i-am-my-own-sweatshop

    Susanne you will love screen printing, I have been printing yardage (hard to do repeats in a limited space) and making bags, working my way up to clothing. It is almost as fun as sewing!

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    Jan 22, 2011, 03.33 AMby susanne2011

    I am about to sign up for a screen printing course…how exciting!

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    Jan 22, 2011, 01.19 AMby distie

    Great post! I’ve rally been interested in printing my own fabric – I’ve just been hesitant because it’s expensive!

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    Jan 21, 2011, 11.57 PMby loyl8

    very cool on the 2011 list this year to make my own print!!

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    Jan 21, 2011, 08.54 PMby erikaj

    I just got my sample booklet from spoonflower. I love the knit fabric

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