Sun Printing – An Introduction

How to sunprint on fabric via lilblueboo.com

 

 

 

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!

 

 

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  1. 1
    PatriciaRaeDesigns says:

    this is too cool never even heard of it i want to go buy some right now

    Amanda
    http://patriciaraedesigns.blogspot.com/

  2. 2

    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!

  3. 3
    Jennifer Priest says:

    Wow that is so cool!

  4. 4

    I love that kit. I used it recently to put some of my son's drawings onto fabric (and played around with some other stuff). I love the fish and buttons. I did some toy frogs and puzzle pieces!

    http://punkinpattern.blogspot.com/2010/07/from-drawing-to-fabric.html

  5. 5
    Forever You says:

    oH MY!!! how crazy is this!! love it

  6. 6

    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!

  7. 7
    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

  8. 8

    very cool ashley, lots of possibilities!

  9. 9
    Ruth & Asher says:

    That is super cool. I need to get some of that
    Hammer & Thread

  10. 10
    kpmattingly says:

    I didn't know they had such a thing. This is so fun!!!

  11. 11

    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!!!

    Jessica

  12. 12
    What I Did Today says:

    This is super cool. So gonna copy. Someday. I love the objects you chose.

  13. 13
    What I Did Today says:

    This is super cool. So gonna copy. Someday. I love the objects you chose.

  14. 14

    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!

  15. 15
    Rachel@oneprettything.com 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.

  16. 16

    Very cool!

  17. 17

    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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