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»  Create your own fabric designs
»  Lunch sack
»  Scented sachet
»  Eye pillow
»  Cloth bulletin board
»  More ideas
»  Downloadable fabric projects
»  Fabric dolls
»  Wine bag
»  Shrek-themed fabric book bags
»  Create-a-fabric tool
»  Provence-style brooch and sachet
»  Recommended products


Create original works of fabric art and craft by printing directly on to inkjet fabric sheets or printable fabric you create at home. You can print artwork or photos directly onto fabric, and then turn that into everything from dolls to quilts to photo frames. Below are just a few ideas.

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Create your own fabric designs

Use your scanner to create unique fabric designs.

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You can invent your own textile designs by scanning items you have around the house and yard such as leaves, flowers, jewelry, coins, cards, decorations. Once you know how to scan three-dimensional objects, you can let your creativity run wild.

Lunch sack

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No more writing your child’s name on a brown paper bag. Now you can make a personalized lunch sack complete with his or her favorite images. Simply scan cards or pictures, then print on inkjet fabric sheets and stitch onto a store-bought cloth sack or one you sew yourself.

Scented sachet

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Print an 8.5" x 11" fabric square with designs that you download or create by placing leaves or blossoms on your scanner. Fold fabric piece in half with patterned sides together, and stitch sides closed, leaving 2 inches open. Turn right side out. Fill with dried lavender or potpourri. Hand stitch closed, and store in a closet or dresser drawer.

Eye pillow

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Print an 8.5" x 11" piece of fabric with scanned or downloaded designs. Fold in half lengthwise with design facing inward. Stitch closed, leaving 2 inches open. Turn right side out. Fill with a mixture of dried lavender and flax seeds. Stitch closed.

Cloth bulletin board

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Purchase a picture frame and a piece of fiberboard cut to fit. Print designs onto fabric and use it to cover the fiberboard, leaving an extra 2 inches on each side. Fold the extra cloth over the board’s edge and affix with staple gun. Place in frame and secure. Use to hang photos and notes.

More ideas

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There are so many creative opportunities when you work with inkjet fabric sheets—use these for inspiration:

  • Scan seasonal flowers or fall leaves and create a table runner.
  • Print your much-loved family photos on fabric and create a photo pillow or a genealogy wall hanging that can be passed on from generation to generation.
  • Print an easy one-sheet project, like a quilted potholder that you can put together in a flash. Use images, photos, or a family recipe. Makes a great gift for the chef in your family.
  • Create fabric ornaments without sewing a stitch. Simply print out holiday photos or artwork onto your fabric, pin them onto Styrofoam balls, and decorate with ribbons, beads, or sequins. It’s a great project for kids old enough to work with pins.
  • Print pictures of parents with their newborn onto fabric to create a keepsake pillow for the nursery. Embellish it by adding the birth announcement on the other side.
  • Make fabric swags to celebrate each season. Print out multiple fabric sheets with winter, spring, summer, and fall themes, and string them together with decorative ribbon to display on your mantel or doorway. Get creative and use your own photos.

Downloadable fabric projects

The HP Activity Center offers an array of other free downloadable fabric projects. Take a look at some of the amazing projects. Each comes complete with instructions, and range from quick and easy to more complex.

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Fabric dolls

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These darling fabric dolls and animals are fun to make and even more fun to snuggle. Download the free art from the Activity Center, print, cut, and you are off sewing some new friends.

Wine bag

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Wrap your favorite vintage in this printed art nouveau-inspired wine bag found on the HP Activity Center. Simply follow the instructions to print this beautiful design on fabric, then sew together.

Shrek-themed fabric book bags

Perfect for the ogre fan in your life, these book bags feature Shrek and Fiona, with bright designs.

Create-a-fabric tool

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The Activity Center Quilting area lets you make unique fabric designs around different themes, including:

Provence-style brooch and sachet

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The French provincial brooch and sachet makes a lovely, handmade token of affection—just right for Mother’s Day, bridesmaids’ gifts, or birthdays.

Recommended products

Every model in HP’s line of flatbed scanners lets you turn three-dimensional objects into beautiful fabric. Or choose an HP all-in-one printer, which allows you to print, scan, copy, and sometimes even fax. Check out the entire line of all-in-one printers.

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