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 offer 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 will need to click through to their websites if you want more information, or if you wish to order.
Prinfab® are a fabric printing company based in the UK.
Customers can upload and print any design on 40+ high quality cotton, linen and poly fabrics. There is no minimum and prices start from £9.95 per metre (before discounts). Standard turnaround is 5 working days and worldwide shipping is available.
Since launching in 2016, Prinfab® has established itself as a leading supplier to thousands of students, individuals and businesses.
Cotton Bee are a Poland based fabric printing company specialising in digital printing on cotton fabrics – both woven and knitted. They have no minimum order, max 5 days shipping time and great colours. You can print a swatch for £1.99. Retail price starts from £13,90 per linear meter, plus there are discounted prices available for bulk orders.
You can upload your own design in their user-friendly app and print it onto fabric, or choose a ready-to-print pattern from over 1 million designs.
Print your own custom fabric on: https://ctnbee.com/
Derbyshire based Woven Monkey are a rapidly expanding fabric printing business. They offer 12 different types of fabrics such as cottons, linens, velvet, jersey, silky and stretch materials. They also have 5 different types of layouts to choose from once you upload your image. Their shop allows people to 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 cottons, and dye sublimation for polyesters. Their fabrics are available in fat quarters and metre lengths prices start at £14.50 a metre, test swatches from £2.50. Recently they’ve launched a rewards scheme so customers earn points every time they make a purchase, which they can use to save money on future orders. Find out more here: http://www.wovenmonkey.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/fabric
Textile Town are Digital Textile Printers with no minimum orders. They offer organic and recycled fibre products and all their printing is done using Oeko-Tex 100 certified inks for safety and sustainability.
Their fabric bases include a range of cotton, linen, lycra, and polyesters. Prices start at £19.96 per metre.
Find out more at: www.textiletown.co.uk
Design and create your own sustainable fabric and products with Elobina; natural fibre fabrics from £18 per metre. Upload your design or image to their editor and start to create: choose from a selection of fabrics including organic cottons, silks, linens and recycled polyester. Print fabric by the metre or select from over 20 products sewn by hand at the UK studio including cushions, aprons, bed linen and more.
Elobina work with commercial printers in the UK and Northern Europe giving access to professional print work normally reserved for big brands printing large volumes. Find out more at www.elobina.co.uk
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 independent 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/
Renowned for their lampshade making kits Dannells now offer a sublimation fabric printing service on fabrics which are ideal for making lampshades with: polytextile, velvet, linen and blackout white. Prices start at £20.83 per metre.
More details on their website.
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, toweling 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.
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
The fabric company with the ‘WOW’ factor, based in the heart of the UK and with an international reach. They use in house state of the art digital sublimation printers to offer high quality bespoke printed fabric for all of your fashion needs.
Wow Fabrics has over 50 years combined experience in creating bespoke printed fabrics and textiles, producing items for worldwide licensed brands such as Star Wars, Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story, Pokemon and World of Warcrafts., in addition to working with small and startup businesses.
They can offer short lead times for small and large orders without compromising on quality. Prices start from only £4.50
With competitive prices, extremely fast turnaround times, no minimum order quantity and extensive knowledge around placement printing and products plus a strict quality control in place, they promise to give your creations the ‘Wow’ factor. Find out more at https://www.wowfabrics.co.uk/
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 cott
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/
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
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.
Now they have European offices the shipping costs are more in line with UK based fabric printers, turn around can be a couple of weeks.
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.
The Silk Bureau
Although their name may suggest they only offer fabric printing onto silk, this company actually offer over 100 base fabrics for your printed design. Fabrics suitable for dressmaking (silk, jersey, poplin, cotton, linen, fashion velvet and rayon among others) and fabrics for interiors (cotton drill, velvet, cotton canvas etc).
They do have a minimum order of 20 metres so not ideal for hobbyists for could work well if you are making items to sell and want a bespoke fabric print on them. Find out more at https://www.silkbureau.co.uk/
Citrus Rain Fabric printing providing digital fabric printing services in the UK. With over 100 years of experience in textile printing, Citrus Rain’s digital fabric printing services produce fantastic results and super colour reproducibility. Their eye for design and state-of-the-art printing facilities mean they can turn any customers’ ideas into reality. See the website at https://www.citrus-rain.com/
Magic Textiles provide a full, bespoke textile printing service that will be exactly what you or your company needs.
They produce printed designs on fabrics and textiles which are used across a broad range of industry sectors and for individuals, too.
Products are digitally printed using reactive inks to give superior wash and rub fastness along with a softer feel to the skin. Find out more https://www.magictextiles.co.uk/
Forest Digital can digitally print fabric for leading and emerging fashion and interior brands in the UK and beyond. Recognised as experts in digital fabric printing with decades of experience, and can offer bespoke creative guidance, in-depth knowledge of a large number of fabrics types from cotton to silk, state-of-the-art eco-friendly digital printing and short lead times.
Whether you are an established fashion label, an interior designer or a small start-up, Forest Digital can digitally print your custom designs on a whole range of high quality fabrics and make your creations a stunning reality. https://www.forestdigital.co.uk/fabric-printing/
Lemon Head Prints
Based in North London, they offer an easy to use online printing service. By following the easy steps, you can set up your design with the correct dimensions and choose the perfect fabric that will best compliment your design. Lemon Head Prints deliver their digital fabric printing service for affordable and competitive prices. https://www.lemonheadprints.co.uk/
DIY fabric printing 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.
You can also print fabric on your home printer, just small squares but it’s enough to create some bespoke applique or fabric patches for example. Cotton Patch sell packs of printable fabrics.
Kim Knight, co-founder of Cotton + Steel 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.