Reported by Erin Schlosser
I’ve tried plenty iron-on transfer image paper but I’ve never liked how it looks once it’s ironed on. Unless you’ve carefully trimmed around the edges you get a clear, shiny film over the entire surface. I found these Colorfast Fabric Sheets for Ink Jet printers from June Tailor and thought I’d give them a try.
I used the white to make a cover for my passport, because who says you can’t have an awesome passport cover? After designing my artwork in Illustrator I printed a couple of test prints on regular printer paper before I printed the final on the Fabric Sheets.
I was surprised at how the colors printed out. They were identical to the paper test prints I had done. The only difference is that the white fabric wasn’t a clean white, but it wasn’t noticeable unless you place it against something else white.
The rest of the instructions were easy and quick to follow. They require you to heat set the image with a hot, dry iron, rinse (not wash) the fabric, pat excess water off with a paper towel (don’t rub), then iron with a hot dry iron to finish drying. This entire process took less than 5 minutes then I was ready to sew! Of course, it said not to rub, so I did a little test on the Schlosser part of the print that didn’t matter just to see what would happen:
This was only after about 5 seconds of rubbing with just my finger…case in point: don’t rub, just pat dry!
I was amazed at how fine of a detail I could get as well. Some of the fonts I used were very narrow and they printed successfully
I was able to stitch this just like regular cotton fabric and completed my passport cover! Hopefully the agents in Europe will appreciate “Hello” in their language!
While the 3-pack retails for $9.99 I thought it was well worth it for the color quality I got with them. They are available in both white and cream for your projects.
- Get that design/image transfer look without the extra shiny outline you get with iron-on transfers
- Color prints as well as your printer will print
- Even, bright, saturated colors won’t bleed
- Easy to sew with, although the feel of the fabric is slightly crisp
- Since most households use ink jet printers, it doesn’t require a special trip to the copy shop to use their laser printers
- Designs are hand wash only so can’t be used on projects that will get a lot of use and need to be washed frequently
- Sheets are pricey at approximately $3.33 a sheet
- Fabric is not very forgiving if you mess up with the stitching and pin holes don’t really disappear when the pins are removed
These sheets are available from Amazon.com in a 3 pack Colorfast Printer Fabric – White 3/Pkg
and in a 10 pack June Tailor Colorfast Sew-In Inkjet Fabric Sheets- 8-1/2 Inch x11 Inch 10/Pkg
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Have you tried June Tailor Colorfast Fabric Sheets? What did you think? Leave us a comment and let us know!