making prints for fabric - model displaying a fabric made from a digital print


Making prints for fabric is an exciting process. You can design unique and eye-catching patterns and print your fabric at home or through a print-on-demand (POD) service.

The Print Design Process

  • Designing your print: The first step in creating your print is to come up with a design. This can be done by sketching out your ideas on paper or using digital design software. Make sure to include all the details you want in your print, such as layers, bright colors, and any other elements that will make your design stand out.
  • Choosing your colors: Once you have your design, it's time to choose the colors you want to use in your print. Consider the overall look you want to achieve and choose colors that will complement each other and make your design pop.
  • Printing your design: After you have your design and colors finalized, it's time to print your fabric. There are several different printing methods to choose from, such as stamp printing, digital printing, and dye-sublimation printing. Each method has its own advantages and disadvantages, so choose the one that best suits your needs.
  • poppies fabric print

    Using Midjourney to Design Prints for Fabric

    With Midjourney, a powerful AI tool, you can easily generate unique and visually stunning patterns that can be used to create custom fabric designs.

    You first need to create a "prompt". A prompt is a text description of the type of fabric print you want to create.

    Once you have created a prompt, you can run it through Midjourney. Midjourney will then generate a variety of different fabric prints,

    All of the images in this post were created with Midjourney.

    colorful abstract print

    DIY Fabric Printing

    Screen Printing

    • Screen: A woven fabric that is pulled tightly across the screen printing frame. You can buy frames with mesh in place. Historically, this was made from silk, hence the name silk-screen printing. Currently, the mesh is generally made of polyester.
    • Ink: You can use water-based or solvent-based inks, depending on the type of fabric you're using. Make sure the ink is suitable for the type of fabric you're printing on.
    • Squeegee: A tool used to push the ink through the screen and onto the fabric.
    • Fabric: Any type of fabric can be used for screen printing, but cotton and polyester are the most common.

    Inkjet Printing

    • Printer: A home inkjet printer is perfect for printing designs onto small pieces of fabric. Using a standard home printer, you can print up to about 8″ x 10″, and using a wide format printer, you can print even larger. 
    • Ink: You can use regular inkjet ink or pigment ink, which is more fade-resistant.
    • Fabric Sheets: You can buy fabric sheets that are specially designed to go through an inkjet printer. Make sure you get the right type for your printer.

    Block Printing

    • Block: A piece of wood or linoleum that has a design carved into it. You can buy pre-made blocks or carve your own.
    • Ink: You can use water-based block printing ink or oil-based ink. Make sure the ink is suitable for the type of fabric you're printing on.
    • Brayer: A roller used to apply ink to the block.
    • Fabric: Any type of fabric can be used for block printing, but cotton and linen are the most common.

    Stencil Printing

    • Stencil: A sheet of paper or plastic with a design cut out of it. You can buy pre-made stencils or make your own.
    • Ink: You can use any type of ink for stencil printing, but fabric paint or craft paint works best.
    • Paint Brush: A brush used to apply the ink to the stencil.
    • Fabric: Any type of fabric can be used for stencil printing, but cotton and polyester are the most common.
    Hawaiian print

    Print on Demand Fabric Printing

    This process allows you to print your designs on fabric without the need for large minimum orders or expensive setup costs.

    Print on demand fabric printing services typically offer a wide range of fabric options, including cotton, polyester blends, linen, and more. This allows you to choose the best fabric for your project based on factors such as durability, texture, and color vibrancy.

    To get started with print on demand fabric printing, you will typically need to upload your design to the service's website. At this point, you can choose the fabric type, quantity, and other options such as print size and orientation.  you could choose to have your design printed on one of hundreds of items which can be shipped directly to a buyer.

    koi fish print

    Using Prints in Different Projects


     You can use your prints to create unique clothing pieces such as skirts, dresses, shirts, and even shoes, socks and jackets. You can choose to print on different types of fabric to create different looks and textures.

    Pillows and Accessories

    Prints can also be used for home decor. You can use your prints to create custom throw pillows, cushion covers,  curtains. You can also use your prints to create accessories such as tote bags, scarves, and headbands.


    Custom printed blankets make great gifts for friends and family. You can use your prints to create cozy fleece blankets, lightweight throws, or even baby blankets. You can choose to print a single large image or create a repeating pattern for a more intricate design.

    Wall Art

    You can use your prints to create unique and personalized wall art. You can print your designs on canvas, frame them, and hang them on your walls. You can also print your designs as posters. 


    Custom printed gifts are always appreciated. You can use your prints to create personalized phone cases, mugs, and even jewelry. You can also print your designs on stationery, notebooks, and greeting cards.

    kawaii print

    This is the Last Post of the Blogging Challenge!

    If you've enjoyed theses posts and printable items, visit my Etsy stores and commercial printables store. Now that the challenge is over, I will be stocking my stores with lots of new items.




  • The Midjourney designs are incredible! How fun to design fabric that way! I have been experimenting with sublimation on t-shirts with designs I create with Canva.

  • When we had our interior decorating business there was a fabric company we could send designs to and they would print it by the yard. So unique to have one of a kind drapery fabric! On a small scale, I like to print out photos on fabric and make memory pillows for people who have animals that have crossed over the rainbow bridge. I’ve totally enjoyed your blogs this UBC and looking forward to checking them out between now and the next challenge!

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