Cushion Makeover - Printing directly on fabric in the printer!

Today I decided to make another drop cloth cushion, but using the method of printing directly on the fabric from the printer.  I chose to use calico to print on. Above is the finished cushion!

Here is what I started with ...

Firstly I grabbed my drop cloth, lay the cushion on it and traced out the size.  Then I sewed up the all the sides, except one.  In hind site, I might have sewed the calico on first. 

Then I chose a picture from The Graphics Fairy website.  I cut a piece of calico to A4 size, sprayed a sheet of A4 paper with quilting adhesive spray and stuck the calico on.  Then I put it in the printer and pressed print while I held my breath.  And guess what, it worked!  There are some minor black ink streaks where I think it might have stuck to the adhesive spray, but I'm not too concerned and think this just adds to the character of the print. :)

Then I sewed the calico to the drop cloth cushion and frayed the edges. 

Then I put the filling in, and sewed the final side closed.

I'm super pleased with the result! :)

x Julie


  1. Wow I think this is brilliant! Did you have to set the printer to a certain setting to allow for the extra bulk? And will it be washable do you think?
    Id like to try this, thankyou so much for sharing!!
    Gill xx

  2. Hi Gillyflower, thanks for your comments! I left my printer on it's current settings and it was fine. I ironed the back to heat set the ink, so fingers crossed it will be fine in the wash. :)


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