While print fabric is generally used for clothing and home decorating, it can be a highly profitable business when done well.
This past weekend, I went to my local fabric store to look at the spring/summer print fabrics. It was very inspiring to see so many great prints to choose from, all of which were beautifully displayed on mannequins in the store. Then, I had a realization… It was the perfect time to create my own custom fabric for my home!
When you’re shopping for bedding at a department store, do you know what fabric is made out of? Probably not, but now you can find out.
- Find Your Perfect Fabric
So, let’s start by defining a fabric that fits your style and lifestyle. Some fabrics can be hard to match, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience. If you are not sure where to start, there are plenty of free resources online. Another option is to take a workshop, such as a class at your local sewing store. If you’ve never sewn before, don’t worry. I guarantee there’s a community out there for you. We’re here to help.
- Determine Your Production Requirements
Whether you need to make a lot of dresses or just a few, you’ll need to know a little bit about the production process. What are the requirements for the material that you choose? Do you need certain amounts of material per design, or can you produce a custom amount? Do you need to do any finishing touches to the product yourself?
- Select a Pattern
If your project calls for an easy sew and your design allows for it, choose a fabric pattern that can be made up in less than 30 minutes. You don’t need to start from scratch. Instead, check out the patterns available in your local fabric shop or online. If you’re looking for inspiration, try using an existing pattern, but modify the style.
- Pick a Print Color
To choose a color, consider what will appeal to your target audience. Research how often people see colors, so that you can design your website and marketing materials to make the most of that knowledge. There are three types of consumers: people who read, people who read but don’t absorb what they read, and people who can read but don’t absorb what they read. People who read, absorb, and remember what they read are most likely to buy your products.
- Choose Your Print Method
Fabric printing is a process that requires the right fabric, ink, and press in order to produce a quality print. The choice of the fabric used is one of the most critical aspects in determining the overall look and feel of the print. The right fabric will also contribute to the longevity of the print, as well as its cost efficiency. In addition, there are many different ways to execute a successful print on fabric. These include: screen printing, embroidery, heat transfer, direct to fabric, and digital printing. There are a multitude of different fabrics and print methods that can be utilized for different types of prints.
- Cut and Sew
Cut and sew a square of fabric to cover the bottom edge of your paper. Fold the fabric over the edge and secure with tape. Draw the pattern onto the fabric and cut out with scissors.
In conclusion, when choosing fabric for your sewing projects, it’s important to consider the fabric’s weight, durability, washability, and stretch, and how it will behave when combined with other fabrics and the environment. Some fabrics are suitable for only certain types of sewing. Others, such as synthetic fabrics, are more versatile. The right fabric can make all the difference in a finished project. You can choose from a wide variety of fabric patterns and designs in a large range of weights, colors, and sizes, including pre-printed prints and woven fabrics.
Are you looking for a new print fabric? This is the perfect tutorial!