(I'm taking the liberty of copying and pasting this excerpt from a post by Sue Ann, so we can find it later here; thanks, Sue Ann!)
"(Fabric paper is) put out by June Tailor and is just that . . . fabric paper that can be used in color ink jet printers and copiers. It comes in cream and white. There are two kinds . . . colorfast and not colorfast . . . but I always choose the colorfast, which is washable. I have found it at Wal Mart and JoAnn Fabrics. JoAnn probably sells it online, also. I have a web address for June Tailor and they might sell it online, too. www.junetailor.com It's called Printer Fabric Sheets. If anybody needs more info, just let me know. This is what I've started making my tush tags with and it's perfect!!"
I posted this in the General Discussion forum where it was introduced, but thought it should go here, too. This is a sample of what my tush tags look like. I rubbed fray check on them to see if the ink "ran". The printer ink didn't smear, but the ink I signed with did smear a little. Keep in mind I use colorfast fabric sheets. I just print my design out as if I were using Avery labels (size 1" x 2 5/8", 30 labels to a sheet). I cut along the long edge of the design, but leave the short ends with some "tabs" that I can use as a seam allowance. Then I fold the "label" in the center and sew the tab ends into the seam. Does that make any sense? Of course you can design your tag however you wish. My logo bear takes up a lot of room so that the text is very small. I'm going to redesign it one of these days!
For those in the UK, I just found this site: http://www.craftycomputerpaper.co.uk/ . They have cotton, silk and even voile! I'm thinking....it might be great for making clothes for minis, as well as the tags.... ;)
For the tags, is frey check on the edges enough or do they need a seam of some kind?
Just posting a follow-up....I bought some of the fabric paper from http://www.craftycomputerpaper.co.uk/ and it arrived quickly....I bought the A5 size, so it wouldn't be so costly if I made a mistake :P. I printed on it with no problems, removed the backing & rubbed fray check on as suggested by Sue Ann, and am now the proud owner of tags for my bears!!! I'm very pleased with the results, they are just what I needed.
Thankyou to everyone on this thread!!! Without TT I might never have known about this product!
Helena - I've just looked up the site you mentioned in the UK for fabric paper for labels - which material did you find best to use for labels for your bears? The site is full of ideas and I'd love to try out some labels that way too, just not sure which fabric to try first! Is fray check necessary on them?
Catherine, I've only used the cotton fabric for labels so far. The others look too light-weight and will probably frey more. I rubbed the back of the printed cotton with fray check before cutting the labels out and they work just fine. Oh, and the fray check I use is...well...the stuff called 'fray check'! Comes in a little bottle and is a clear liquid. You can probably find some on eBay if you don't already have some (though the more glue-like stuff would probably work too???).
To make your own fabric computer paper:
1. Fabric - i use muslin
4. Freezer Paper
5. Hot Dry Iron
6. Fray Block or Fray Check
Coat fabric with fray check, let dry.
Cut out Freezer paper to the correct size ( here in the US 8.5" X 11" or 8.5" X 14")
With a hot dry(no steam) iron press the shiny side of the freezer paper to the fabric.
I press from the back side of the paper.
Cut the excess fabric away from the freezer paper, using good SHARP shears.
Place in printer so that the fabric will be printed on.
Cut out your design and viloa! You have you design on fabric without having to pay $6.00/package for only 3 sheets.
Mom uses this to create custom ribbons.
I think I am going to try this for my tags. I will get a waterproof marker and sign after I print them out.
I'll let you know if I have any luck.
Great tips and links everyone!
I worked in a quilt shop when the printable fabric sheets first came out. We couldn't keep them in stock!
So, to give you a few other ideas of what to do with that fabric paper....
Print your favorite pictures on it, cut out, back with a hoiday fabric to make christmas ornaments
Using your favorite teddy picture print on a full sheet then make into a pillow with coordinating fabrics for border and back
Make a wall hanging quilt using blocks of pictures alternated with blocks of coordinating fabric or your favorite quilt pattern
I'm thinking hang tags would look neat made of tea stained fabric paper, allowing the edges to fray a bit then laminating. Would give them an old look yet preserve them
So many ideas, so little time.....
Isn't the combination of our creative imagination and technology wonderful???
Thanks Daphne for sharing your tips it starts the mine going i just thought of one now print your christmas picture on and you could make place mats and laminate them for christmas dinner .any on else got any more ideas may be we should start a topic on fabric paper idea what do you think Daphne.
Jare. do you spread the fray check all over the fabric ? And do you like paint it on ?
I spread the fray check all over the fabric with a brush, just pretend that you a painting.
I have yet to moment to try the whole fray check thing.
Been busy with school work.
Exams are this week and then I just answer eval questions the following week.
time flies when you're having fun.
I bought some of the cotton sheets from Crafty Computer Paper a few weeks ago. I have some embroidered tags that I use on my bigger bears, but someone suggested using these cotton sheets so I can print out my own tiny tags for my miniatures. I have yet to use them though!