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Burlap Laundry Sign…How to!

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 This was my first burlap sign that I printed back in 2010, my Burlap Laundry Sign.  It took some brainstorming and playing around to figure out the best way to print on burlap – but I mastered it!!!  Since then I’ve made countless burlap signs for our home and for clients and I’ve taken all my knowledge and experience to create my
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  2. Where did you purchase the roll of burlap in your video? Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas!

  3. Am I correct that you put the original print on the top of your printer(glass part) then run the burlap thru with the freezer paper?

    You did a great job explaining everything, but how you got it copied. People like me who have Never done this before need all the help we can get.

    Love the idea and am definitely going to give it a try. Don’t know if my printer can do it BUT if the printer gets ruined, oh well, time for a new one anyway!:-))))

  4. After printing…do you spray it with anything to keep it from brushing off? I printed some and when I rub it…it starts to rub off.

    1. Hi~ I use a cheap Lexmark printer. I haven’t heard of anyone getting it to work with a laser printer.

  5. I have a roll of bamboo textured wall paper, I wonder if it will work on that? I have done this with canvas and linen. Thanks for the clear step by step directions!!

  6. Great tutorial – except I have a laser printer. From previous sad experience I know not to put anything but paper through it. :/ A few years ago I tried printing on freezer paper to do stencils and some of the freezer paper got stuck in the fuser and the duplexer was wrecked.

  7. Tried this on burlap it didn’t work well, I think the burlap was just to thick for my printer.
    Im going to try it on a flour sack dish towel I bet that will work .
    Thanks for the great idea .

  8. I am amazed…I tried this technique on thin fabric (cotton), and know it works well, but did not know it will work on burlap. Would you be so kind to share what font size did you use?

  9. Help! I’ve been trying this method for 2 days and it’s not working. It won’t feel through my printer. (Brother all in one bottom feed tray) I’ve tried freezer paper, iron on transfer paper, using sewing stabilizer, using my injet, my laser printer…..even bought a drop cloth to print on instead of burlap, until I opened the package and discovered it was plastic lined. I’m extremely crafty and handy and was excited for this new “easy” project. 2 days later, I’m frustrated, exhausted and have wasted 1/2 yard of burlap. Any advice??????

    1. I tried this with 2 of my computers, a newer hp inkjet, and an older model hp, neither will feed the burlap through. Tried tapping the top too, and no go! 🙁

      1. I ended up borrowing a friends Epson at their suggestion and it worked great. A few weeks later my old printer died and I needed a new one anyway. Bought a $50 Epson (Small-in-one) and it works great for burlap printing.

    2. I tried to iron on freezer paper using both sides but neither adhered. Any tips or hints? I was so disappointed. TIA

      1. Hi Cindy ~

        Are you positive it’s freezer paper & not waxed paper??? I’ve never had an issue with freezer paper and I’ve been making them for years.

  10. I just did this and it worked the first time without any printer jamming! I did hold my breath and squinted the whole time it printed though. I designed it in Word (I’m not software savvy) and followed the instructions above and ran it through an HP Photosmart 7510 Inkjet printer. I originally did this on lighter burlap at the default normal setting and the ink smeared a bit. It gave it character, but I had darker burlap and changed the setting to best quality and tried it again. This time it came out much nicer. So go with a darker burlap. I have a laser printer, but it’s so sensitive I’m afraid to try it.

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  12. This is absolutely amazing! I used it to print out stuff for my wedding to wrap around candle holders and it worked great!! Thanks so much!!

  13. It’s a wonderful craft idea, with so many variations! I adhered it to thicker quality paper, and tried to feed it through my inkjet Lexmark printer, but it wouldn’t feed and print. Perhaps, I’ll try attaching it to regular paper to see if that will feed..

  14. I’ve seen tutorials that print a photograph onto tissue paper. Then you adhere the tissue paper to canvas. Do you think the burlap would take a photograph well?

  15. This is so cool! I tried it on osnaburg and it worked beautifully. I did a water test, and without heat setting it bled badly. Then I heat set it and it bled just a little. I’m going to keep experimenting.

  16. I used the idea of printing on burlap to make a really fun Christmas gift for my parents and for my in-laws. You can check it out on my blog.

  17. Hi Maryann, I like this tutorial (just as the rest of your site!) so much and yet..I have no idea what “freezer paper” is! My english is not good enough! Would anyone please help me out? The idea is great and I would l♥ve to try it!

    1. You can find freezer paper in the same section in a store that has plastic wrap, aluminum foil, sandwich/food storage bags. It will say “freezer paper” on it. Also, it is NOT the same as waxed paper, waxed paper is a different product altogether. Hope that helped.. I’m not sure if I’m brave enough to try sendin something other than paper through my printer- mainly because I’d never hear the end of it from my husband… that might be the straw that broke the crafter’s husband’s back! 😉

  18. Absolutely brilliant! I just love your little flowers! Thanks for taking the time to explain the process, I've been wanting to do something with my burlap for a year now…never seem to have the time or the right project for the time I do find. Now, to find this freezer paper you speak of…cheers!
    (Miss Charlotte)
    http://www.lesbonnesideesmag.com
    "Elegant Domesticity for Wayward Girls"

  19. Maryann I am stopping by to let you know that I'll be sharing today a link to your tutorial on my blog…

    Thank you so much for this wonderful idea!

  20. I love that! I've printed on fabric before, but I never thought something as bumpy as burlap would work. Very exciting!

  21. Tried it with an old cut up t-shirt! It totally works and I totally linked this to my blog! I have so much burlap and black in my living room, this is such a common sense choice for wall art in my house! I just have to figure out what I want to put on it. I'm thinking some inspiration quote or something…

  22. WOW! This is outstanding! How genius are you?! One question though…Do you need to adjust anything on the printer to help the burlap run smoothly through the printer feed? Won't it get jammed and smear?! Thanks for such a grand idea!!!

  23. Do you know if the design would mess up if you folded it? I'm thinking about using these for wedding invitations, wrapped with a piece of lace, then with a piece of twine tied in a bow. (Sort of like some that I've seen with handkerchiefs.)

  24. Love it! What a great idea 🙂
    Thanks for sharing.
    Birgitte

  25. What a NEAT idea! I'm loving your blog – and will be back to steal more ideas from you soon! Thanks for the spark of creativity you've given me!

  26. Aimees5 – I feed it though the top and it curves through to the front. It's a normal bubble jet style.

  27. Okay, so maybe this is a retarded question, but do you allow the burlap to "fee" through the printer or do you have a backdoor to open to feed it through straight?

  28. As far as printers go I am guessing it would have to be an inkjet, I have a Laser and since it heat sets the toner, I would be afraid the burlap burn and the wax would melt causing issues for the printer.

    Love the idea though!! I will have to go use my mom's inkjet if I decide I want to do it.

  29. Which printers this for work for I really can't answer… I'm not a printer expert. I've got a cheap bubble jet printer and it worked great. You want your burlap to be facing the direction it needs to in order to be printed on. In my printer my burlap was facing up in the printer tray… this is the side that gets printed on. Hope that helps!

  30. MY husband said " Better watch it, it's gonna JAMB, and mess up the printer" Ha Ha It worked like a charm, I will send you a picture of what I did. So cool.
    Christy

  31. Incredible! I have been racking my brain on how to do something like this without outsourcing to a screen printer! So you put the fabric and freezer paper righ into the printer? Which side facing which direction? Is the printer supposed to print onto the paper side or the fabric directly?

  32. I have always wondered how I could print on fabric. This is amazing! Thanks for showing us 🙂 It looks fabulous.

  33. Love this, but I'm too scared to try it. I don't know how I would explain to my husband that I ruined the printer trying to print on fabric.

  34. Crazy weekend and I am just now getting to this post in my reader! What a phenomenal idea!! Love it! Have to share on my FB page!

  35. Oh my gosh! I love this tutorial! I just picked up some freezer paper for another project but now I've got two! Love it! Thanks!!!!

  36. How cool is that! I had never heard of using wax paper and fabric to use in the printer. Amazing. I love the project. Thanks for sharing.

  37. This is so awesome!! I especially love the flowers you added. I have been wanting to do something with burlap – thanks for the inspiration! 🙂

  38. What a great tutorial and such a fun idea. I'm going to see what I can do on fabric that maybe I'll make into a pillow. I think that my daughter is going to love this….or maybe Christmas pillows! Perfect timing! Thank you for sharing your wonderful idea. Cherry Kay

  39. Wow, I had no idea that you could print on material. Thank you so much for sharing this information, I am going to try this out for sure!!

    Your sign looks so good, love it!! Nicole

    1. Well the burlap I use sheds like mad. That is the first thing I thought of. And I don’t see a way to clean it out…canned air?

      How did it work out for anyone else?

      Debra

  40. Oh my gosh I love this! Best idea of the day! And I have all the 'ingredients' for trying it. I have printed on fabric before but not burlap. Thank you for the inspiration!

    1. LOL-I am afraid of my large printer but I hate that thing anyway…it is so fussy about paper in general so probably would not take it. But, I wonder about scanners…

      I wonder if it only works with top feed printers.

      1. OKAY! Did it and it works fine from bottom feeding wireless HP!!! I LOVE IT! THANK YOU! I will post pictures later on the beginning of my blog-LOL! Will post the name. I am not even sure how you post that-yes, very new at it! : )

  41. So terrifically cool and clever! I have to try this, and you've given me inspiration for so many ideas! Just wonderful.

  42. Great sign. Love burlap and that is such a cute idea. Now if I could just start making things like that.

  43. I LOVE this idea. I had no idea you could put fabric through a printer. I'd be so worried it would jam!

    I love how yours turned out though and am going to have to get up the nerve to try this sometime soon!

  44. Hi Maryann…

    Ohhh…this is awesome! I just adore your burlap "laundry" sign! Love the pretty burlap flowers that you added as well! You also did a great job with the tutorial! I think I could actually craft one of these beautiful signs! Thank you for sharing this with us today!

    Warmest autumn wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  45. Thanks for the how-to…I've been wanting to try this, but really wasn't sure how to go about it. Your laundry room must look AMAZING!
    Happy weekend!
    smiles!

  46. Oh my gosh!!!!! How cool is THAT????!!!! Who would'ave thought……??? Just love it – and I'm definitely going to try this one out! Thanks for the great tutorial! 🙂

    xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

  47. What a fabulous idea! I have 2 yards of burlap that I have been clueless as what to do with it. Now I know!! Visiting from Tatertots and Jello.

  48. I am in love!!! You need to post this on Funky Junk Interiors she is having a "what can you do with burlap party!" I would be afraid that all the burlap lent would mess up my printer. I may have to try this tho! Wonderful idea!!!

  49. Oh my goodness. You've done it again!! This is too freakin cool!!! Will you make me one, pretty please? 🙂 Great job as always. 🙂

  50. Are you kidding me?! Wow- what a fantastic idea and the end product screams Ballard Desighns or somethplace great! You are amazing!

  51. I love it! I am slowly redoing this house one room at the time… My laundry room needs it SO badly… It's huge, but it's a MESS! I would be embarrassed to even show a picture! Maybe if I made a cute sign like yours I'd find some motivation to make the rest of it cute!

  52. Easy, peasy! Who knew? What a great tutorial! And the finished project is wonderful.
    I am starting a new meme within a couple of weeks, Tutorials, Tips and Tidbits. This would be a perfect entry!
    Please join StoneGable with this wonderful project.
    Yvonne

  53. Wowee! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this idea. I'm so inpsired by all the possibilities it holds. And what a GREAT tutorial!

    Thank you.
    Sarahx

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