NOTE-able-a-TEE Printable Fabric Tutorial

I am so amazed with all the interest and support I received for the NOTE-able-a-TEE I entered in the Let’s Hear It For The Boys Contest over at I Am Momma – Hear Me Roar. The results are in and I am not one of the winners…but it sure was fun to try!  Congratulations to the 3 ladies that won!

This is the shirt I entered and as promised here is the tutorial for the printable paper.

There is no big secret to printable fabric…it is easy peasey.  I used my Epson Workforce 600 but any inkjet printer should work.

Supplies:  100% Cotton Tea Towel, Sheet of Notebook Paper, Full Sheet of Crack ‘n Peel Paper (or alternately Freezer Paper)

1.  Get a sheet of notebook paper. The lines on this sheet of paper weren’t dark enough so I used colored pencils and a straight edge to darken the lines.  To make it easier for you, here is a scan of the paper I darkened that you can download:  Notebook Paper


2.  Stabilize the fabric.I took the backing off the Crack ‘n Peel paper and stuck it to the cotton tea towel.  If you don’t want to use a tea towel, any piece of 100% cotton fabric “should” work but the lighter the fabric the better.  Try to keep all of the wrinkles out of the fabric.

An alternate method to stabilize the fabric is to iron a piece of Freezer Paper to the fabric.  Just be sure to place the PLASTIC COATED (shiny) side down on the fabric and iron the paper side.  For more information on Freezer Paper, check out my Freezer Paper Stenciling Tutorial

3.  Print the notebook paper image onto the fabric.  Place the sheet of darkened notebook paper on the scanner bed of your inkjet printer and the stabilized fabric into the paper feeder.  Then, choosing the darkest copy setting, made the copy.  The stabilized fab should go through the inkjet printer like a normal piece of paper.

An alternate method, is to download my scan of the Notebook Paper, put the stabilized fabric into the paper feeder and print the scan onto the fabric as you would print any image onto paper.

4.  Peel the fabric off the stabilizer (i.e. Crack ‘n Peel or Freezer Paper). After the ink is dry (usually only a couple of minutes) slowly peel the fabric off the stabilizer.

5.  Heat set the ink.  Place the fabric “paper” on your ironing board and cover with a thin piece of fabric.  Set the iron to dry, high heat.  Slowly move the iron over the fabric for 3 minutes.  Flip the fabric “paper” over and repeat.


Here is the fabric paper in a sink of soapy water and it isn’t bleeding BUT I am not sure how it will hold up over time.  To be safe it probably should be hand washed.


This is the drawing pen that can be removed with plain water and a cloth.  I am not sure how long one of these pens lasts or how reliable they are but it sure worked great for this project.

Dab, dab, dab and the ninja’s leg disappeared!

Thanks again for all your interest and I hope this tutorial helps.  If you have any questions, please ask!


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  1. kate says

    So creative! Thank you for sharing! I was looking to buy paper designed fabric, when I stumbled on your blog. #diy

  2. says

    Ahh, thanks for the tutorial. I just bought a bunch of printable fabric. But, I am going to read through your way of doing it too. love it.
    p.s. what has happened to everybody’s followers? Mine are missing too.

  3. says

    Turned out really cool. Thanks so much for sharing. I have been wanting to get into printing on fabric so I really appreciate all the tips!

  4. says

    very cool! thanks for the great tutorial. I have to admit I was disappointed you didn’t win, I really think this shirt design was brilliant! I have a 4 yo artist that would love to draw on it over and over again 🙂

  5. says

    Cute shirt!

    I love the idea of making my own printable fabric. I have thought there must be a way and now I know.

    I had one of those quilting pens last several years then the next one just a couple months.

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