You probably already know that there are tons of crafty ways to use your finished coloring pages. But did you know that you can print your colored designs out on fabric to use for a multitude of other fun projects?
Keep scrolling to learn more about coloring fabric, how you can print your own colored designs onto fabric, and a few ways you could use your fabric-ified coloring pages!
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Three Ways to Print Your Colored Artwork to Fabric
How you print your colored page onto fabric depends on how much fabric you need and what you plan to use it for.
If you only need a small amount of fabric, you can print your design with your own printer using printable fabric sheets. These 8.5×11 inch sheets of fabric are perfect for using a colored pattern to make doll clothes. In fact, they totally look and feel like something straight out of the 90s — I can remember using a similar product to print Barbie doll clothes out from an old Windows 95 program we had when I was a kid that let you create Barbie clothes. Man, those were the days. Unless otherwise specified, printable fabric sheets can only be used in inkjet printers and are not washable or waterproof.
If you need a larger amount of fabric — for instance, you want to create a pillow, bag, or even a dress using your colored design — or you just want something that you can wash, you can use a service like Spoonflower. This service prints any quantity of fabric on-demand in the custom design of your choice. (Please note that you may need to check with the creator of the coloring book you wish to use for this to make sure you are allowed to use the colored pages this way. The vast majority of coloring book publishers do not allow you to sell your colored designs, no matter what the format.) This option is great if you need a larger amount of fabric, or the ability to wash what you create.
But by far the easiest way to turn your colored designs into fabric is using the iOS coloring app Lake Coloring Books, which I reviewed last month. Their new partnership with Spoonflower brings sixteen new designs to Lake, which can be colored in the app and then printed by Spoonflower. You get all the benefits of the option above, but you don’t need to prepare your design for printing — the app does it all automatically!
How to Print a Design from Lake Coloring App
To color a design to print onto your fabric, simply go into the app and choose the Spoonflower artist pack. The Spoonflower artist pack is a free set of sixteen coloring pages in Lake, all contributed by different artists. The designs were winning patterns chosen from hundreds of entries into a joint contest run by Lake and Spoonflower last year.
I like these pages in particular:
Next, choose your favorite image and start coloring! Each image is a special repeating pattern that will print seamlessly on the fabric. Lake highlights a single repetition of the pattern within the full pattern, so that you can see how your design will look when it repeats. If you color or paint-bucket a part of the image that touches the edge, Lake will automatically keep things seamless.
Here’s my colored design:
Next, you can upload your design to Spoonflower to print your colored page onto fabric, wallpaper, or a roll of gift wrap!
Voila! Wait a few days and your colored fabric will arrive in the mail. How cool is this?
Remember, to get started all you need to do is download the iOS app Lake! The app is free, and the designs printed through Spoonflower are surprisingly affordable for custom, print-on-demand fabric.
Coloring Book Fabric: Coloring by Hand
Did you know that the designs in this artist pack can be printed blank, too? If you love a design but want to color it by hand, I get you. You can upload the blank design to Spoonflower and print the black and white repeating pattern onto fabric, wallpaper, or giftwrap, and then color away!
If you are coloring fabric, you will want to use a nice set of fabric markers like these. These fabric markers by Crafts 4 All come in 24 vibrant colors and are nontoxic, waterproof, and lightfast. I actually used this brand of markers (in the dual-ended variety, which is only available in a maximum of 20 colors instead of 24) when I colored a comic book cover shirt for my review of the book Don’t Mess With These Dames! and was very happy with them!
Things to Make with Coloring Book Fabric
So, what should you make with the fun new coloring book fabric? Here are some fun projects you can make with your fabric!
DIY Colored Pencil Wrap
What would be a more perfect craft to make with DIY coloring book fabric than a pencil wrap? This roll-up pencil case is perfect not just for organizing colored pencils, but also markers, paint brushes, or other coloring supplies!
See the full instructions on Molly Sews.
DIY iPad Case
Hold your technology in style. Maybe stow away the iPad you used to run Lake to print the fabric? Makes a great gift!
See the full instructions on The Ambitious Procrastinator.
DIY Envelope Clutch
Don’t you love this cute clutch? It’s so easy to sew that you could make one to go with every outfit!
See the full instructions on See Kate Sew.
DIY Simple Zipper Pouch
These zipper pouches are quick and easy to make and don’t even use that much fabric!
See the full instructions on Molly Sews.
DIY Modern Zipper Pouch
I love the look of this asymmetrical pouch!
See the full instructions on Sew Modern Bags.
DIY Tote Bag
This tote bag is easy to make and looks super classy!
See the full instructions on HandmaDIYa.
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