Print Directly on Fabric Using Your Inkjet Printer – Framed Sunshine Printable

Packaged iron on transfers are relatively inexpensive, though the cost can quickly add up if you use them quite a bit; especially on smaller projects you like to frequently change up. If your project allows, it is quite simple to cut out the extra steps of using the transfer sheets all together by printing directly on fabric; just like you would paper using your inkjet printer.

The finished look and natural texture of the fabric can easily transform any basic printable into a charming piece of art work with a little added character. {How cool would a printed black and white photo be – or think about the array of free printables floating around}

I created a fun printable today inspired by the work of UK Artist Coulson Macleod. Printed on fabric and framed – it is another unique piece of inexpensive wall art to add to the collection.

{the file can be downloaded below for personal use only}

Materials NeededScrap Lightweight Fabric
Krylon Easy Tack Spray

Begin by cutting a piece of fabric exactly the same size as a sheet of cardstock. You want to make sure the fabric you chose is somewhat thin and a light enough shade so the ink will show.

Lightly spray the sheet of card stock with Krylon Easy Tack. {You do not want to saturate the paper – just a light once all over application} The Easy Tack formula is repositionable adhesive so if you are using your fabric for projects, other than framed prints, it will be easy to remove from the cardstock once you have printed your design.

Place the cut fabric directly on top of the cardstock and smooth out by rubbing the entire surface. You want to make sure the end you feed into the printer is firmly pressed into place.

Feed through your printer just as you would a sheet of paper. {Make sure it is in the paper carrier the correct way as some printers feed face down…. Keep in mind there is no need to mirror or reverse the images}

You can download a copy of this file by clicking on the image above – once the picture appears, right click your mouse and select ‘Save Picture As…’ {the print is sized 8X10}

I love the texture of the fabric {much better than a piece of paper} – It’s like a premium printable {only it doesn’t cost any more}

I found this inexpensive frame at Walmart – perfect for all these printables. The frame itself is plastic but the front is actual glass and it includes an 8X10 mat – just $5 . I spruced it up with some Krylon Caramel Latte.

Super cute – quick – and easy!

Happy Friday My Friends ~ Enjoy!


  1. I love this idea!

  2. Lovely! Fabulous idea… I love the textured look of it.

  3. I love this Stephanie Lynn! It makes me want to go and buy an ink jet printer. My laser printer is so finicky. It doesn’t even like to print on card stock.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. This is GENIUS! I can’t WAIT to try it out!!! Thanks for sharing! ♥ DavesWife

  5. What a fabulous idea. Never thought of such a thing and sure didn’t know you could use fabric. Love it. Hugs, Marty

  6. What a fabulous idea! Love it! =)

  7. I just bought Easy Tack yesterday to use with my Silhouette, so look out printer! Guess what’s coming your way! As soon as I think of what I’d like to say…..

    This is a great project! Thank you for sharing!

  8. I’ve never thought to print via the printer on to fabric! I love this and will need to try this technique asap!

  9. Great idea – and a lot less expensive than the printable fabric you buy at the store. I will have to check out the Krylon Adhesive – didn’t know they made that. Your wall art turned out great.

  10. This is even easier than using freezer paper with material! I’ve done a few of those, but this sounds even better! Thanks for the post. ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. That’s one of my favorite little sings to sing to my daughter:-) Thank you for the printable! Can’t wait to try this at home! Stephanie B.

  12. Great idea….could work for small pillows too, I guess? Tks for sharing. Love that song…will be in my head all day ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Okay, I am on my way to buy Easy Tack and try this project. Yours turned out great. Thanks for the info.

  14. This would be such a cute gift for my mom. She always sang this song to us growing up.

  15. SUCH a great idea!

  16. Such a clever idea Lynn. Thanks so much for sharing.

  17. This is going in my living room soon. Thanks for sharing!

  18. I love the look of your art! Thanks so much for the tutorial.

  19. Oh I LOVE this! And have some scrap linen and thin burlap lying around…I’m thinking this is the perfect solution! Thank you!

  20. Hi Stephanie Lynn! Oh, I love this too! I’ve used the transfer paper and ironed it on to fabric but to print directly onto paper would be awesome! I love it.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. Adorable!
    What a cute idea,I love it!

  22. I absolutely adore this! Looks like I have another weekend project on the books!

  23. Great tutorial! I’ve also had success using full page size mailing labels backing the cloth.

  24. You are amazing! Your ideas are really something, and this is one of my favorites. Thanks for the heads up on this and for the printable. XOXOXO

  25. This is so cute! I love the fabric and the saying. So fun!!

  26. Thanks for the great tutorial! I can not wait to try this.

  27. Do you know… that is our song!! When we were dating and first married my husband bought me a spinning top and then a little cardboard music box that plays that tune!! What a great idea especially with valentine’s day coming up, thank you!

  28. Great idea! I’ve often considered attempting it. Paper Source makes a beautiful inkjet printable book linen, but it’s expensive!

  29. I love this. I sang this song to my daughter everyday for her first 2 years of life. I was looking for some art work for her room and now the search is over. Thank you for sharing this.

  30. I have been enjoying this craft idea for a while! Only, instead of framing a print, I use it for making gift tags and greeting cards with fabric swatches! Works great! You can imagine my excitement when I realized you could run small brown paper lunch bags through a printer to personalize! LOL – Karen

  31. Such a clever idea! Thanks for sharing!

  32. What fun!! I’m going to try it this weekend….

  33. Oh my goodness I think your amazing! You have no idea, well scratch that you do, you have opened up to many doors!!!! Thanks for posting, I am going to give it a whirl and will link back to you what I come up with!

  34. Great idea! TFS. Bug Hugs ๐Ÿ˜€

  35. Great Idea! Can’t wait to try. Thanks for sharing!

  36. Great instructions and I love the quote! Thanks so much for this, I’ll be spreading the word.

  37. I have never tried this but yours is so cute — now is the time!!!

  38. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!!

  39. This is amazing! What a fabulous idea!

  40. Really Cute! I love it.

  41. I love this! This was my favorite song growing up!!!

  42. Thank you SO much for this! I’ve been toying with the idea of painting this with stenciled letters, but this looks much easier! YAY!

  43. Thank you so much for this!

    IS ink jet ink once heated with an iron wash proof? THinking I can make some fabrics to sew on to projects which may need sewing on rare occasions…

  44. THANK you so much for this idea. I am just getting my crafty back on after a 20 year hiatus and this was my first project, it came out beautiful and this song has some special meaning to my hubby and I. I just finished it and am SO pleased (I have a laser printer and it worked too btw!) I didn’t know the difference until I read the comments, but I already had it done. :>
    Giving it to my hubby for Valentines. LOVE your BLOG. LOVE LOVE LOVE Thank you!!

  45. This looks like an antique, rustic and worn. This would be a great idea for a kid’s room.

  46. Hi! Great projcet. I just featured it on my blog today.

  47. Can you tell me what font you used for this project?

  48. That’s absolutely brilliant! I know I’ll be using that in the future. Thanks so much for sharing! ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. If you use in a laser printer, doesn’t it burn the fabric?

  50. Great tutorial! I am a longtime quilter and now a newbie blogger ๐Ÿ™‚ I have used freezer paper to print fabric labels for my quilts. I will try out this technique. thanks for sharing

  51. LOVE IT!! Took me 15 minutes from start to finish. A nice and unique project. Will do some more printing on fabric!! Thanks for the idea and the printable file ๐Ÿ˜‰

  52. Has anyone tried machine washing? Does the ink wash off easily?

  53. Very nice!,,,,I just bought that exact frame at the dollar store for… guessed it, only one dollar! Now it’s even less expensive!


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