Step by Step Directions
for V V Prints Inkjet Printable Fabric Sheets
Once your fabric sheet is dry you are ready to sew, tea stain, paint, embellish, etc.
- Insert, place or import your image in the software application of your choice. Adjust the size and change
colors if desired.
- Print your image first on plain paper to ensure it is within the printer margins and has enough seam allowance. Also make sure you are happy with the
vibrancy of the colors. How it looks on paper will tell you how it will look on fabric. When you are happy with
the image colors and placement on plain paper, you are ready to print on the fabric sheet.
- After clipping any loose threads and ensuring your fabric sheet is flat (if it isn't, roll the fabric sheet the other way or iron
the leading edge flat so it will go under your printer feed rollers) insert it in the manual feed tray.
For most front-loading inkjet printers (HP), you will insert the sheet with the fabric side facing down. Most back-loading inkjet printers (Epson)
will be face up. If you are not sure which yours is, mark a test sheet and run it through.
- Print the fabric sheet by selecting File from the software application's toolbar and then Print. Click the properties button. Select
"Plain" for the paper type. If there is a choice for paper thickness, select "Thick" or "Heavy". For the print quality,
select "Best". Start with these general settings and experiment until you find the ones that work best with
your inkjet printer. Click OK to accept the settings and then OK again to start printing.
- Allow the ink to dry completely (at least 60 minutes for light ink coverage, longer for heavier ink coverage).
For best results (washablity) we recommend letting your fabric sheets dry overnight before moving on to the next steps.
- Use your fingernail or a pin to separate the fabric from the paper. If you're having difficulty separating the fabric from the paper
(some of the silks really hang on), tear a corner of the paper (only the paper will tear, not the fabric) to get a corner of the fabric
to pull it from the paper.
- For silk sheets we recommend removing the paper in a circular motion (working around the corners and turning the fabric sheet as you remove the paper).
This keeps the fabric from stretching as you remove the paper. Silk tends to cling to the paper more than other fabrics (making it a little harder to remove).
If your fabric does stretch, you can use an iron to smooth it back into shape later.
- For the 15 second dip step (required if you intend to wash the fabric sheets later), make a mixture of room temperature tap water with Snuggles
(recommended) or All liquid fabric softener (with no perfume or special additives). Use 1 tsp fabric softener per cup of
water. I like to use a rectangular glass cake pan for 8.5 x 11 sheets. Finger-stir the mixture and you will see the water go slightly cloudy.
- Place the fabric in face-down and flat, all at once. If it floats, push it down gently with your fingers till submerged. Slowly count to 15 and lift the
fabric out of the solution (15 seconds). Swish the fabric sheet a tiny bit when removing it to push any excess dye floating in the water away
from the fabric. Do not let the fabric fold back on itself until it is dry.
- Lay your fabric sheet face up on an old towel on a flat, clean surface to air dry. If you are in a hurry you may carefully blow dry or iron it.
(not necessary, just if you are in a hurry). If you have limited space you can put paper towels inbetween your fabric sheets
and layer them for drying. They will take a little longer to dry this way, but I've done it while processing a lot of fabric sheets.
If you have any questions, please
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