Tips on Using Photo Print Fabrics

Today, I’d like to expand a bit on one of the products used in yesterday’s DYK post on June Tailor printer fabrics.

I have been making photo fabric quilts, pillows, purses, etc. for about 6 years now, and I have always been impressed with the Colorfast product from June Tailor. I can’t tell you how many times I have worked with this product.

I have told so many people that if you want to encourage a young person to start sewing, just use a printer fabric to include a picture in the project and they will love sewing. It is so easy to put a picture of their dog, favorite friend, first car, etc. Personalize their project and you won’t be able to stop them from making more projects.

Since I started my daughter with the pictures she has made 5 queen size photo quilts with 48 pictures each as well as lots of other smaller quilts. She makes almost all her gifts, and several projects are sewn. Next week you will see a quilt she is making to give to a friend.

I was on the road traveling so I asked her to take some pictures of the process of putting a photo onto the colorfast product. Her response was why not create a label she will add to the back of the quilt she is currently making? Great idea!!

Stayed tuned for next week to see her complete finished project, but here are the images she sent me in making her lable.

  1. Decide on pictures or writing you want.
  2. Use email, file transfer, scanner, (you get the idea) or create the image you want on your computer. (Just because I am calling it photo fabric, don’t forget that anything you can print on your printer at home can be printed onto this fabric.)
  3. Resize the image to the size you want the finished product to be.
  4. Put sheet of fabric photo sheet with paper on the back into your printer. IMPORTANT: Needs to be an inkjet printer – most current home printers are inkjet, but double check if you aren’t sure what you have. Optional – you may want to do a test print of your finished image before printing onto the colorfast sheet.
  5. Print the image.
  6. Let the ink dry.
  7. Peel paper backing off
  8. Rinse fabric with design under water.
  9. Let dry – (I let dry on a terry cloth towel)
  10. Press
  11. It’s now ready to sew into your project!

Give this a try – you’ll love it and the results!

Here are some other projects I’ve seen recently using photo printer fabrics


Sheila Reinke, Heart of Sewing

10 thoughts on “Tips on Using Photo Print Fabrics

  1. Johanna says:

    I am having so much trouble with the printing part. The page keeps getting bunched up in the printer. Can you make a suggestion as to how to fix this?


  2. sheilareinke says:

    From my experience – I have found that if I use the June Tailor product I have never had any problem with it bunching up. However, feed one page at a time. When I have used other product sometimes I have had that same problem as you. This is how I solve it. I take 1/2″ masking tape and fold it in half over the end that I feed into the printer. That gives the printer a litte more to grab. Sometimes the fabric wants to curl on the ends and the tape helps it lay a little flatter. Let me know if that helps.


  3. Tracy says:

    I have heard that over time the pictures crack and get not so nice looking. I was wondering if you have tried spraying something on the pictures before sewing them into a project to keep them nice? If so what worked for you?


    • sheilareinke says:


      I have never had my pictures crack and I have a pillow that is 7 years old. I have never had a picture crack. Try the June Tailor colorfast sheets you won’t be sorry.



  4. wendykastel says:

    I have been researching ways to put many bible verses artistically on a prayer quilt to give to friends, neighbors and church families when they are going through a tragedy, illness, loss, etc. Your’s is the first that seems like it will work.
    My question is if this quilt (lap size) gets washed over and over again, how will the photos or bible verses hold up?
    Thanks, I love your information and your spirit. I love that you quilt with your daughter. My last of five is just going off to college. I trying to come up with a creative idea to start since I might actually have some free time. I got this idea about the verses and prayer blankets that I can’t wait to start! I would love if my twin daughters wanted to join me and we could do this together. Thanks for your blog page.


    • sheilareinke says:

      Photos are no problem at all they will hold up fine. They will fade just like a calico would after lots of washings. When it comes to the bible verses. If you use lots bold and heavy font for the letters you might have some problem. When I have done really thick lettering font I will get alittle purple shadow around the letters. This would happen when you rinse in water after you print on the colorfast fabric sheet. You would know before you ever put in the quilt. I did call June Tailor Co. where I get the product and they said to put in Downy fabric softner and that would probably solve that. However, if you don’t use a real heavy font you won’t have any problem. I do know that the June Tailor colorfast sheets are my very favorite product for my quilting. Take a picture and size it to half a sheet of colorfast. Follow the instructions for the product and than do what I did of washing the picture everytime you wash a load of clothes, towels, etc and see how it like it.


  5. Danielle Foster says:

    Hello There.

    I just purchased some photo fabric to make my own custom labels. Love it. I just can’t figure out how to get the backing off before running under water. I have fingernails and good eyes; however, I need an easy solution. Any suggestions are welcome.

    Thanks so much!


    • sheilareinke says:

      I really haven’t had any problem with the June Tailor product – it always comes off easily. I don’t know if you are using a different product? Another possiblity would be to take a straight pin and score the paper and see if that helps at all.


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