Print Fabric with FabricMaker

fabricmaker-sg3110dn-system-LCustom fabric is all the rage.  From Project Runway to a variety of online sites that offer custom fabric printing services,  more and more unique fabrics are being created and used all the time.   For quilt shop owners  and those who sell quilts,  the ability to print fabric for customers at will could be a big advantage in the marketplace.    The question is,  how do you create unique patterns and designs,  and how do you help your customers create custom fabric when all they may have is a picture they want to add to a fabric square.

The solution is FabricMaker,  a custom digital fabric printing system.  If you purchase a FabricMaker package,  you’ll get all you need to start creating custom fabric,  provided you have an iron already.  To start creating,  you simply need some patterns to print and, luckily,  there are resources available which can help you create lovely fabric designs,  even if you’re not able to draw a straight line.   Here are a few options for finding potential fabric patterns.

One resource for potential fabric designs would be a stock photo site.    Sites like Shutterstock and iStockPhoto offer royalty free pictures and illustrations that can be downloaded and used for a reasonable cost.   Just make sure you check the license agreements on any items you download.  Some items will have restrictions on how they can be used.

Another source for fabric pattern downloads and ideas would be EZTextiles,  a library of digital textile designs that are production ready and royalty free.   Artlandia Pattern Central is much the same sort of site.    Both offer a variety of patterns which could be used as backgrounds behind photos or simply to create a unique pattern for a label or a quilt block.

Another option would be to order software that would let you create your own fabric designs.    Software like FabricStudio and Pattern Studio offer you the ability to create your own fabric designs at your own computer.   Artlandia Symmetry Mill is another software program that could come in useful for at home (or in store) fabric designers.   This program allows you to create repeating fabric designs.

If you’re new to printing fabric,  or want some assistance in creating patterns,  there are also resources available.   Many of the fabric software programs offer support when you buy the program.    There are also self study courses available from the Pattern Observer.   You also should not forget what a great resource YouTube can be.   That site offers a number of video tutorials on fabric design.

Create Your Own Fabric with FabricMaker

FM-Composite SMOne of the joys of working with EnMart is the fact that we get to deal with so many companies that are working to create new products for various decorating markets.  Sometimes,  the new products that are being offered introduce us to a new market,  which is always fun and exciting,  as it gives us a chance to learn about new decorating disciplines while also offering new products.

EnMart’s latest new product is FabricMaker,  a digital printing solution which combines professional pigment-based textile inks,  specially prepared 100% cotton 60×60 4.5 oz quilt fabric, and a range of printers.   The result of this combination is the opportunity to produce quality dye-fast fabrics in the comfort of your shop,  home or studio.     If you’ve ever longed for custom fabric you could print on your schedule,  FabricMaker is the perfect system for you.

Keep in mind,  this fabric is not hobby grade.  This is high quality, commercial grade fabric that is wash-fast,  color-fast and offers vibrant colors and deep blacks.    This fabric is also resistant to crocking,  so you won’t have to worry about dye transferring from your custom fabrics to other items.    If you’re looking to create heirloom quality items,  like memory quilts or Quilts of Valor,   FabricMaker will let you create personalized fabric that will remain colorful and unfaded through repeated washings.

EnMart is proud to offer the Quick-MakeR-1 FabricMaker package to help those of you who want to print your own fabric get started.   This package includes a Ricoh SG3110dn printer,   a complete set of the FabricMaker ink, 1 pack of 25 sheets of 8.5″ x 11″ FabricMaker 100% Cotton Quilt Fabric,  1 USB cable as well as color management profiles,  printer drivers and instructions on CD.   If you have an iron or a heat press and a graphics program of some time,  you can begin creating your own fabric immediately.

Fabric figures in so many things in our daily lives,  and many decorators,  including quilters,  use fabric to create not only art,  but also memories that will be passed down from generation to generation.   Memories,  art or simply something that keeps a child snug on a cold winter night deserve to be created with the best tools and products available.   We believe FabricMaker is one of those tools and we’re very excited to be able to offer it to you.