October 16, 2012

Make This | Infinity Scarf

This is something that I love to do...print on fabric, at home, on a basic ink jet printer! I love this because the possibilities are endless! I posted about this same process on my blog here. This time I am using the same process to make an infinity scarf.

What you'll need:
• Freezer paper, get this at the grocery store. It should be in the same place as plastic wrap and tin foil. Make sure you get the freezer paper NOT wax paper.
• Fabric. I used a thin, light color canvas fabric. It was $1.37 at wal-mart. I suggest getting two yards.
• Iron
• Ruler
• Utility knife
• Pattern of your choice ready to print...I made my own in illustrator
• Printer

How to do it:
• Iron the fabric to the freezer paper. Make sure that the shiny side of the paper is facing the fabric. I like to have the paper side on top of the fabric for ironing, but you can do it either way.
• After you feel the fabric is connected to the paper well enough then cut into sections. I printed on 4 separate pieces, so I cut 4 sections of fabric at 8.5"x14" which is legal size.
• Re iron, pressing hard to make sure that the paper and fabric won't separate when going through the printer.
• Trim any loose strands of fabric to insure they won't catch in the printer, causing it to jam.
• Why do you have to use the freezer paper? Because the paper makes the fabric stiff enough to feed through the printer.
• Load your fabric/freezer paper fusion into the printer, FABRIC FACE DOWN...depending on your printer...but most basic printers will need the fabric to be face down.
• Prepare your art file at 8.5:x14"
• Be sure to set your print settings to legal size, then print.
• Stand by to make sure the fabric feeds through correcting
• Repeat until you have 4 pieces of fabric (or as many as you like depending on the size of scarf you want)
• Then Sew sections together. Trim any loose strands of fabric or pull them off to create a rough edge around your scarf.
• Finish by ironing and wearing with your favorite shirt.
• For a longer lasting fabric you can spray with scotch-guard or a similar fabric water proofer. (I would suggest doing this, especially if you print a dark color, as the darker ink could rub off to the touch.
This is such a fun process and it has endless possibilities
Also check out this project at Kollabora

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