I fully intend to try Spoonflower. It's on my to-do list. I would totally like to design my own line. But in the nearer term, I need Ghostbusters patches for our family costumes. (Our little one will be Slimer, in bright green fleece with little wriggly slimer arms. It's going to be so awesome.) I read somewhere that you can make your own printable fabric, and after paying a seemingly ridiculous amount for it and looking hard at it and thinking "there's not much to this" I decided to set out.
Stumbling block: my regular inkjet printer is out of ink. Frustratingly, it has two black tanks and one of them is empty and therefore the whole thing goes on strike. Uh, seriously, with two sick kids and not feeling so well myself, *I* still go to work, right? Sigh. Not the printer. So, I set out to try it with my little photo printer. It's a HP Photosmart 475, if you're into these details.
this. It's a helpful little gal.)
After it's super flat, lay it on your cutting board and trim down the two 5 x 7 pieces. The edges need to be nice and sharp and the fabric and the freezer paper cleanly adhered.
There are a number of things I like better about this than the printable fabric you buy:
1) It costs 1/20th as much.
2) You choose the base fabric.
3) You choose the size. Wouldn't be all that tricky to print legal or tabloid size, if your printer will do that on paper.
4) It doesn't automatically have fusible interfacing on the back. If you want to quilt with it, you can get on with your bad self.
March 11, 2010 Update: to make your fabric washable, see this.