There are LOTS of babies gestating and being born to friends and family right now. Consequently I’ve been playing around with printing on fabric and clothing–specifically itsy-bitsy baby body suits.
Printing on fabric is more challenging than paper. Because fabric is soft and flexible, a rigid board is inserted behind the fabric layers to prevent the ink from bleeding onto the back of the shirt and to give the shirt rigidity while printing.
After printing the ink needs to be heat set so the ink won’t run during washing. Printers who work with t-shirts use a flash dryer to set the ink. I’ve been using my iron set to medium heat for 3 minutes on each side of the printed area. When using an iron it’s important to use a barrier cloth to prevent scorching.
Once the ink has been heat set the shirt is done and ready to wear!