PRINT + FABRIC = JOY.
I discovered a whole new medium today. Frankly I was enthralled. I was searching for a way to transfer photos to fabric, when I stumbled across a method for printing directly onto fabric. I read this
post & was completely inspired to try it myself. See the gallery below for how I Re-Loved an old shopping jute bag.
Hessian fabric from my fabric box. Quite thick & chunky “coffee bean carrier” style.
A4 Printer labels – I found these randomly in a file of old stationery stuff.
I stuck the A4 label on the hessian fabric & carefully cut it out. Then with some trepidation stuck it in my printer
The graphic comes out beautifully on the hessian. It was a complete gamble as the one I saw originally was printed on a very tidy quilt quality cotton. But I think it paid off beautifully.
You can see how effective the label was as I peel if off here. It made sure the hessian didn’t string apart and wreck my printer and it caught the ink which went through the holey sections of the fabric.
This is the printed graphic – see end of the post for the blog I got the image from – you can get lots of free and lovely images from the link (just make sure you link it back if you post it elsewhere in the interest of fairness)
Once it was printed, I checked the size on the bag and decided to cut it down to a rectangle & stitch it on from there. I like the fact the hessian fabric is darker than the original bag, it gives it a much nicer depth of texture.
I stitched it with a dark green wool and a large needle, it’s fairly neat for my hand stitching & I think it looks quite sweet with the old fashioned hessian and the jute bag
Here it is! All stitched and ready to rock the market. An old plain jute bag with a re-loved edge
I hope you enjoyed this weeks project & will come back next week for Project 7! There will also be a bonus post midweek about my progress & the “non buying” element of Re-Loved 52.
The image used in this project was downloaded from
The Graphics Fairy
See you next time