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Are photo transfers on fabric washable?

alotofstitches | Posted in General Discussion on

I’m wanting to put her cousins photos on my version of an”I Spy” nap quilt for my g.daughter.  When I went to purchase the special fabric for my inkjet printer the packages read “No washing” and “Dry Clean”.  Since this is for a 1 y/o I need “washable”!  Does anybody out there know something that might help? 


  1. user-51823 | | #1

    that's not really the right technology to use for something that requires lots of washing. an older threads has info on making sunlight-developed images directly onto fabric. requires special chemicals, possibly never would be safe for child handling.
    you could experiment with coating with a clear polymer and see how it wears and washes.
    possibly go with the product you have but just be prepared to do it over again as needed.

  2. zuwena | | #2

    On a recent America Sews program, I think 2305, there was mention of three kinds of printable fabric--two of which were washable. Somewhere I have a link to a fabric site that specialized in printable fabrics, picked up from a previous Gathering discussion. If I locate it, I will send it along. Or someone else checking in might know and post it. Z

  3. zuwena | | #3

    Here's the site. It has printable fabric of all kinds. Hope you find something. See: <http://www.colortextiles.com> Z

    Edited 1/9/2007 1:49 am ET by zuwena

    1. alotofstitches | | #4

      Thank you sew much--I'll check it out!  LIZ

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