Where to get your own fabric printed in the UK
If you want to give your sewing project a unique touch you can get your own fabric printed in the UK in small quantities (from a fat quarter upwards with most sites). Many companies today do digital fabric printing so you do not have to pay the screen set up cost plus you can do it all online. It is as simple as uploading your design to a fabric printer's website, choosing your fabric type and quantity and then clicking order. Then within a few days your custom printed fabrics will be with you ready to be sewn.
Below we have listed several different digital fabric printers who are based in the UK, we've summarised the basic information of what fabric options they offer and price range but you wil need to click through to their websites if you want more information, or if you wish to order.
Prinfab (https://prinfab.com) are a newly launched fabric printing company with competitive pricing. Their fabrics start from £14.79 per metre and they have a database of 10,000 designs you can choose from if you don't want to design your own.
They offer 7 choices of fabric: plain cotton, cotton voile, cotton percival, bamboo, cotton sateen, cotton poplin and cotton twill. They promise to make and dispatch orders the next working day. They use eco-friendly inks on pre-treated fabric.
Find out more at https://prinfab.com
Design and create your own sustainable fabric and products with Elobina, rom £18 per metre. Upload your design or image to their website then choose fromaselection of natural fibre fabrics: organic cottons, silks, linens or lyocell.
Print fabric by the metre or select from over 20 products including cushions, aprons, bed linen and more – you can even design and create your own kimono! They use eco-friendly pigment inks or GOTS approved reactive dyes depending on the fabric. Find out more at www.elobina.co.uk
Bags of Love
This company specialise in personalised gifts and one of the services they offer is a digital fabric printing
service. They offer the widest range of fabric for custom textile printing that I've seen including waterproof fabric, neoprene, towelling fabric, stretch fabric, eco fabric, tapestry and polar fleece. The prices for their digital textile printing service starts at around £29 a metre.
They also offer a service where you can print your own labels for your handmade goods. Find out more by visiting their website.
Derbyshire based Woven Monkey area rapidly expanding fabric printing business. They offer 5 different types of fabric sateen, drill, poplin, organic twill & plain and they have 5 different types of layouts to choose from once you upload your image.
They have also launched a shop where people can earn from 10% to 12.5% commission on the sale of their designs. It's like a UK version of Spoonflower. They use eco friendly ink pigments for their digital fabric printing and print onto natural fibres. Their fabrics are available in fat quarters and metre lengths prices start at £19.99 a metre, test swatches from £2.50. Find out more here: http://www.wovenmonkey.com
Pixalili are an Irish digital fabric printer who can print your designers onto Irish linen, plain cotton, cotton sateen, cotton drill and half panama. They use eco friendly pigment inks which are both kind to your skin and the environment.
Being located in Ireland means their prices are in Euros, but they ship worldwide. Prices are around £20 per metre (depending on the exchange rate). Find out more by visiting http://pixalili.com
Based in Swindon Sauleprint specialise in digital printing on fabric (mainly cotton). Prices start from £28.50 per metre (cotton poplin) including VAT.
They use environmentally friendly reactive dyes giving you a great colour fastness. Their fabrics can be washed in the washing machine so you can use their fabric for clothing, it is also suitable for home interior projects, furniture upholstery and other projects.
Find out more about their custom textile printing services here: http://sauleprint.com
This London based fabric printing company allow customers to print on over 35 different fabrics, or to print onto wallpaper or gift wrap. They also have a selection of designs from independant designers that you can chose to print on any of their fabrics or papers. Fabric types include cottons, linens, bamboo, synthetics and lycra.
There is no minimum order and they ship worldwide. Fabric prices start at £14.99 a metre. Find out more by visiting their website: https://www.fashion-formula.com/
Contrado is a growing independent printing house, with a focus on fabric printing and fashion. Run by skilled technicians with years of technical fabric printing experience, their vast range of 75+ fabrics use eco-inks and cater to both small and large scale orders.
Includes a mix of natural, hybrid and speciality fabrics: Cottons, Silks, Jerseys, Waterproof, Neoprene, Lycras and many more. to view the fabrics available for printing vist https://www.contrado.co.uk/fabrics
L & S Prints
L & S Prints prides itself on being a small professional outlet serving a variety of clients from large to small enterprises. They offer large format digital printing on a cost effective scale, whether it be on a small scale or on a much larger scale. They pride themselves on offering a high quality digital colour printing and fast but accurate turn around.
They have 100s of stock designs available for you to use, plus a custom textile design and print service. You can print your artwork, designs or photos onto a big choice of different fabrics including knitted jersey, spandex, lycra, Aloba (faux suede effect), chiffon, ployester, upholstery fabric, waterproof fabrics and satin. Their prices start at £15.99 per metre.
Find out more by visiting - http://www.lsprints.co.uk/
Image Credit - Woven Monkey
This Scottish digitial fabric printing company are based in Edinburgh but you can order online from anywhere in the UK. The fabrics you can print onto include twill, reverse satin, silk habotai, linen, cotton and Crepe de Chine.
They offer a 10% discount for students and graduates and discounts for bulk buying (over 5ms). Their prices are here, around the £40 mark for 1 metre of fabric which is 124-154cm wide.
Visit their site: http://www.befabbecreative.co.uk
Based in the UK Lacuna Press is a quick turnaround short-run digital textile printing service, printing on a range of different weights of cotton, plus Silks, Viscose and Linen. They use eco friendly, non-toxic inks in their textile printing, prices start at £20 per metre. They also offer a sewing service for small items including cushions, scarves and bags
Get more information from their website: http://www.lacunapress.com/
Print Me Pretty
Print me Pretty (www.printmepretty.co.uk) is a small, UK-based digital fabric printing company. They use environmentally-friendly pigment inks, currently printing onto a light-weight (130gsm) plain cotton, a heavier (195gsm) plain cotton and tea towels. You can order as little as a 20 cm square, a fat quarter or metres in 2 widths, 112cms & 150cms. Prices start at £15.50pm for 112cm wide light-weight cotton.
They also give designers the opportunity to make their designs available for sale (similar to a UK version of Spoonflower) – and earn commission on the sales – and now have almost 300 designs available. Plus they run a monthly design competition.
Order your digitally printed fabrics here: http://www.printmepretty.co.uk/
Fabrica offer a print on demand service specialising in sustainable fabrics. They stock organic cottons and bamboo with prices from £26.95 a metre, and discounts starting at five metres.
They are also happy to print on customer supplied fabric subject to suitability. www.fabricatextiles.com / email@example.com
The Fabric Press
The Fabric Press (http://www.thefabricpress.com/ ) are one of the original UK fabric printing companies. You can order from 20cm of fabric printed with your own design. They print on 100% cotton fabric - sheeting, panama and canvas.
The price is £45 per metre with postage at £4.50 per delivery. They also offer a great service where you can get certain item including bags, cushions and tea towels made up in fabric of your own design. Prices start from £6 (for the tea towel purchasable in sets of 3, see image), Perfect for a unique gift.
HTS Print & Design
HTS are a UK based custom fabric printer who offer digital, rotary and flat bed screen printing on cottons, polyesters and silks. They can also coat the fabric to make it waterproof, you can make your own oilcloth fabrics! They also do a print your own cushion service with your choice of design printed on (see pic to left).
Prices for digital printing start at just over £30 a metre excluding VAT. They also offer a service where they can create your artwork for printing or help you prepare it. For more information visit www.htsprint.co.uk
The Waugh Group offer dye sublimation printing and heat pressing on fabric and other materials. The finished design will not fade.
Their service is open to both hobby crafters and businesses. Prices start at £15.99 (plus VAT) per metre and they have a turn around time of 7 days or less. Visit their website to find out more.
Another UK firm offering fabric printing online is FabPad. Their prices start at around £40 a metre (plus set up chrage), although if you order over 10m discounts are available. They offer a range of fabrics and you can even pay for them to design the print for you. They offer discounted prices for students and even run summer courses in London aimed on textile design.
You will find their price list here along with details of their turnaround time and postage costs.
US based Spoonflower (http://www.spoonflower.com/) has long been the leader in this area and they are now moving into Europe. They offer a range of fabric types, no minimum order and prices starting from just $16.20 (Around £10) per yard, you can even buy it by the fat quarter too.
What's more you can view fabrics other users have designed and for a small extra charge order some yourself. The shipping costs are based on weight and the international cost is around double the US shipping cost. Hopefully once they launch in Rurope shipping will be reduced.
If you want to make money from your fabric designs you can upload them to the site and earn a commission for each length of your fabric purchased by other site users.
DIY at home
Handprinted.co.uk sell a wide range of supplies which enable you to print your own fabric in many different
ways at home. Methods include screen printing, silk painting, dyeing and block printing. A lot of these are sold as kits so you can get everything you need to get you started. Kits start from under £10.
Surface design online course
Module 1 - Designing your way
Module 2 - Creating your professional indentity
Module 3 - Monetising your desgins
For more information please visit: http://dowhatyouloveforlife.com/pattern/
Print your own fabric books
Of course if you fancy printing your own at home you can always try using your printer as this article on the Craftzine blog explains.
There are also books available about printing your own fabrics including Photo Fun: Print your own fabrics for quilts and crafts by Cindy Lyle Rymer available on Amazon here and for screen printing Prints Charming which you'll find our review of here.
Kim Knight, the author of the popular True Up blog has released a book called A Field Guide to Fabric Design: Design, Print & sell your own fabric which is a guide to both traditional and digital fabric printing.
Plus popular fabric design Heather Ross has written a book called Heather Ross Prints which is focused on designing your own fabric.
Other fabric printing books worth checking out include The Complete Guide to Designing and Printing Fabric by Laurie Wibrun, Screen Printing at Home by Karen Lewis and How to Print Fabric by Zeena Shah.
Written by Fiona Pullen
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