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Step by Step Directions
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[200 thread count Cotton Poplin Inkjet Fabric Sheets]Congratulations on your decision to go with the best cotton fabric sheet. As many of our customers, you may be a bit skeptical after having disappointing results with other fabric sheets you've tried, and are looking for one that really works. We are so glad you found us and look forward to welcoming you to our growing family of happy customers who love our inkjet printable fabric sheets. By following these Step-by-Step Directions you should have excellent results with our fabric sheets.

Remember, all fabric will fade eventually when exposed to direct sunlight for periods of time, and all fabric will fade with repeated washings. After you have followed the Step by Step Directions below, for washing we recommend a mild/gentle soap with a low ph to help the colors on your printed fabric sheet stay vibrant.

Do not be alarmed if sometimes you see a little bit of ink color release from the fabric sheet into the rinse bath water. One of the reasons for the rinse is to remove any loose particles of ink from the fabric. Just gently shake your fabric sheet as you remove it so the loose dye stays in the water.

Our fabric sheets have been tested with Canon, Epson, HP and Lexmark printers and work great with most of these models. However, remember that inkjet printers were designed for printing on paper, and new models are being released with new ink chemical make-ups all the time. This is why we recommend purchasing your printer from an office supply store that offers a 30-day return policy so you can test it on fabric sheets.

All inkjet printers are unique, and every batch of ink is unique. You may occasionally get a bad batch of ink as it is purchased by the ink manufacturers from all over the world. If you stick with your printer manufacturer's ink, you have less chance of problems than if you use off-brand or recycled ink. Also avoid photo ink or any other ink that has additives a the chemicals in our fabrid sheet are designed to work with regular manufacturer's inkjet ink.

Step-by-Step Directions

  1. Open, place or import the image you want to print into the software application of your choice. Adjust the size and change the color if desired. If printing more than one image on the sheet be sure to leave room around each image for seam allowance, printer margin, etc. Print first on plain paper to check everything.

  2. Select "File" from the software application's toolbar and "Print." Click the Properties button.

  3. Select "Best" for Print Quality and "Plain" or "Plain Thick" for the Paper Type. After checking the printed sample, experiment with other print settings until you find the ones that work best with your inkjet printer. These are the settings we have found work best with most printers.

  4. Click OK to accept the settings and OK to start printing. When you're happy with the image colors and placement on plain paper, you're ready to print on the fabric sheet.

  5. Clip any loose threads and ensure the fabric sheet is flat. If it isn't, you can iron it or roll in the opposite direction to flatten it. Insert one fabric sheet into the manual bypass/paper tray.

  6. For most front-loading inkjet printers (HP), insert the sheet with the fabric side facing down. Epson printers are usually fabric side face-up. If you're not sure, mark a test sheet of paper and run it through. Print your image using the print settings that worked best on the plain paper.

  7. Allow the ink to dry completely before removing the paper backing (30 min. to overnight). The more ink, the longer it will take. Use your fingernail or a pin to separate the paper from the fabric and remove.

  8. Pour a cup of room temperature water into a rectangular cake pan and add 4 Tbsp Snuggles or All fabric softener (with no special scents or additives). As you stir to mix, the water will turn cloudy.

  9. Place the entire fabric sheet in printed side down. If it floats, push it down with your fingers. Leave the fabric sheet in for 15 seconds. Swish a tiny bit to push any excess dye floating in the water away from the fabric as you remove it. It is not unusual to see some dye particles in the water mix. Don't let the fabric fold over on itself while wet.

  10. Lay on a towel to air dry. If you are in a hurry you may carefully dab it with paper towels or iron it. Once it is dry, your fabric sheet is set, and you are ready to sew!

If you don't have a computer/printer or if you just don't want to print fabric sheets yourself, you can get preprinted fabric sheets on our sister site, V V's Victorian Prints.

To see pictures of what others have made with our fabric sheets, click here: Customer Feedback & Pics.

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