Sun Printing – An Introduction

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It’s been about 25 years since I’ve used sun printing paper but it’s something I’ve been thinking about for a while! Who knew there was sun printing fabric?! I made this easy little square pin cushion using 8.5″ cotton cyanotype fabric squares and buttons:


This applique shirt was so simple…

…and I love the extra button detail:



The squares I used are the Blueprints on Fabric(pink on blue) shown below:

In a nutshell, the 8.5″ fabric squares in the kit are pretreated with a chemical that makes them change color in sunlight. I took the squares and pinned them to cardboard backing to keep them in place and laid various objects on top to experiment:

I placed the board in the sun for about 10 minutes and let the sunlight do its thing. The fabric darkens slightly (not to its dark blue you would expect):

Once the fabric has been in the sun for about 10 to 15 minutes, it is washed with cold water and the dark blue color appears:

I’m pretty sure there are over million things you could do with this fabric…here was my first hour of playing with it:


I pinned buttons to the fabric in the shape of a heart:

I pinned one of my mother’s old necklaces in place:

I layered different types of lace:

I used a transparency with a superhero “POW” on it:

Stay tuned for more sun printing soon!




  1. Jessica says

    that's so cool! I remember doing sun prints as a kid, but I didn't know there was fabric. and I love pink and navy together right now-perfect!

  2. Maureen says

    I LOVED sun paper when I was a little girl… however, it always faded overtime… I'll definitely be checking out the fabric… I love it!

  3. Slipstitches says

    I'm thinking of so many things I could do with this fabric. One is cut it into shapes and letters. Thanks this is awesome

  4. Jessica says

    I've never heard of sun printing before, but I love it already! Do you know if it will stay on the fabric wash after wash??

    Thanks for sharing!!!


  5. Sabra says

    i love love love love this! I remember playing with photo paper in jr high and having so much fun. this would be an awesome project with kids. thanks!

  6. says

    The necklace is SO COOL! I love that idea! What a fun post, thanks so much for the introduction. I'll be linking to this.

  7. pam says

    Oh my! i have just got to try this out! I had so much fun this summer playing with sun painting with fabric paints. I know I will totally love this.

    Thank you for the fantastic review and tutorial.


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