How to Print on Fabric | DIY Fabric Labels

LAST UPDATED: Apr 07, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Nov 01, 2012 | By: Julie Blanner
I enjoy adding little details to make even the simplest things feel special. I spiced up the apple cider bottle with a fabric label, a technique I’ve used for invitations, cards, framed art & more. Over the summer, I shared my DIY for how to print on fabric.  The method hasn’t changed, but I thought it was too pretty not to share.
how to print on fabric via
buckram fabric
tea {optional for coloration}
spray adhesive – not Elmer’s. Unfortunately, it’s the only brand I haven’t had luck with
card stock
paper cutter
For an authentic fall look, I dyed my fabric {buckram} by placing it in a baking dish and soaking it in a cup of tea for a half hour.  I then removed it and allowed it to dry.
how to print on fabric
Using a spray adhesive, I glued the fabric to a piece of card stock…anything that traditionally runs through your printer.  Allow to dry for a minute or two.
Using a paper cutter, cut the fabric/card stock so that they are a perfect fit for one another.  Insert your “paper” so that the image will print on the fabric side.
how to print on fabric
Remove, allow to dry for a minute and cut to desired size.
how to print on fabric
Remove fabric from card stock.
how to print on fabric
I wanted to fray the edges a little.  To quickly achieve this look, just pull one thread at a time with a pair of tweezers.

how to print on fabric

how to print on fabric
Using your spray adhesive, adhere to your object.  While there are a lot of steps to this project, it truly only takes 10-15 minutes!
how to print on fabric
This pretty little label will spice up my signature cocktail presentation for Thanksgiving! Visit here for my fall table settings. To save this post for later, PIN it here:
Learn how to print on fabric to create labels, invitations & art
If you liked this post, you may also like my gardening gift basket with free printable gift tags.
For this project, you need:
a paper cutter or scissors
piece of card stock
piece of fabric {I prefer to use Buckram because it’s stiff and therefore the easiest to use}
spray adhesive
item you would like to label
Cut your fabric to 8.5 x 11 so that it will fit in your printer.
Spray a piece of card stock with adhesive {best done outdoors} and adhere to your fabric.  I used an extra piece of kraft stock I had on hand.  Because the fabric is not tightly woven, you need to do this for your printer’s sake.
Run it through your printer {making sure it will print on the fabric side}, just as you usually would.
Allow the ink to dry for a minute or two.  Carefully remove the card stock from your fabric {with clean hands…should you get any glue on your hands, any dirt will transfer to the fabric}.
Cut your fabric to size.  Spray the back of the fabric with your spray adhesive {outdoors} and adhere to the glass.
Start to finish in less than 15 minutes!  The potential for this project is infinite!  Just a few ideas:  table numbers for a wedding on wine bottles, labeling your sugar, flower and coffee canisters in your kitchen, or your detergents in your laundry room, labels for gifts such as this sugar scrub or housewarming gift.
{this little frame was downloaded from Graphics Fairy, a great resource for vintage images!}
I’d love to see what you create with this easy DIY tutorial!