Do you want to make your own fabric? You can use it for all kinds of things! Personalized pillows, beanbags or make appliques for a t-shirt. I will show you how! Warning: There a lot of photos but it is not hard. In fact I did this in just 60 minutes, maybe less if you aren't taking pictures ;)
For this tutorial I made a Louis L'Amour (my brother loves him) applique for my new nephew was just born.
The stuff needed:
Inkjet printer (NOT a laser one)
Alum (found in the spice section)
liquid fabric softener
cotton fabric (The size of regular printer paper, 8 ½ x 11)
Mix 2 tablespoons of Alum (found in the spice section of your grocery store)
2 1/2 teaspoons of Washing Soda (found in the laundry section)
1/2 teaspoon of liquid fabric softener.
1 Cup hot water
Mix it in a big bowl (2-3 quart size) it will foam when you add the water. Stir.
After a few minutes the foam will disappear. Soak your 100% white cotton fabric in your solution for 15 minutes. Squeeze out all the liquid in the same bowl (you can use it again). Then squeeze out again and dry, either by air or in the dyer.
Then measure freezer paper to a regular piece of paper and cut to fit. Your fabric should already be about this size.
*EDIT* Once your image is on the fabric, wait 20 minutes*(if you are using generic ink cartridges, leave the print overnight). Remove Freezer Paper. Rinse by putting some cold water and a little fabric softener in a bowl, put the fabric straight in and give it a quick swish. At this point, you will lose some of the color. Wring out the excess liquid and air dry.When dry continue with the following steps: