Interested in designing your own fabric? There are many companies that specialize in digital fabric printing to help you with this decision. However, as helpful as these options are meant to be, they can also be overwhelming when you first get started. To help you out, we are going to give you a list of ten digital fabric printers to consider as you are doing your research. But first…what is digital fabric printing?
What Is Digital Fabric Printing?
Digital fabric printing is an inkjet-based method of applying a pattern to fabric. It is similar to the process used by the inkjet printer you may have in your home or office, but on a much larger scale and with more ink variation. In this process, fabric is fed through a digital fabric printer with a large roller. Ink is applied to the surface of the fabric and set with either heat or steam.
Digital printing is a designer’s dream because it’s possible to print using hundreds of colors. Since screens are not used, like in traditional screen printing, the color combinations and possibilities are endless.
10 Options for Digital Fabric Printing
Spoonflower is one of the most popular companies for digital fabric printing. It was founded in May 2008 by Stephen Fraser and Gart Davis. Now, in addition to custom fabric, they also produce custom wallpaper and gift wrap. Spoonflower has over 20 fabric options ranging in prices from $18.50-$59.00 a yard. I have printed on a number of their fabrics, including Silky Faille and Petal Signature Cotton. One thing is for certain, I have always been impressed with the quality of both the fabric and the printing accuracy. They offer:
21 fabric options
$18.50-$59.00 a yard
Based in Durham, NC, USA
Additional products or services: wallpaper and gift wrap
Adaptive Textiles was founded in 2004 and is a popular option for many designers who are starting their own fabric company but still need low minimums. Many of our freelance clients have worked with Adaptive Textiles and they have always been pleased with the experience. They offer:
14 fabric options
Based in West Chester, PA, USA
Additional products or services: production, Warehousing & Fulfillment
Decor print is the brainchild of DeeDee Davis, designer, artist, mother, and digital printer since the year 2000. In addition to fabric and wallpaper, you can also apply your custom pattern design to fabric masks. They offer:
27 fabric choices
Based in Fort Mill, SC, USA
Additional products or services: wallpaper and face masks
Design2Print NYC is a custom design, digital fabric printing studio focusing on providing the highest quality of printed fabric. They have over 19 years of the expertise and focus on printing on polyester fabric for apparel, activewear, swimwear, costume, accessories, interiors, and promotion. When one of our clients is looking for the highest quality fabrics around, I always encourage them to consider Design2Print NYC. They offer:
29 fabric options
Based in New York City, NY, USA
Additional products or services: file set up and design services
Contrado was founded in 2003 with a mission to “facilitate other people’s creativity by connecting people who make, buy and sell.” They have a beautiful website that walks you step by step through the fabric printing process. They offer:
100+ fabric options
Based in London, UK
Additional products or services: they have countless other products that can be customized. Everything from journals to dresses.
Raspberry Creek Fabrics was founded in 2010. Almost 10 years later, Raspberry Creek Fabrics has expanded from carrying just a few bolts of cotton spandex jersey on Etsy, to having hundreds of apparel fabrics in stock and offering eco-friendly in-house textile printing. They offer:
3 fabric options are listed online, but they have additional fabrics on their price list which they are able to source upon request
Based in Sandy, UT, USA
Additional products or services: wholesale options are available
Citrus Rain is a Manchester based textile printer and manufacturer offering trade customers and retailers a fast and flexible production facility. In addition to fabrics, they offer a wide variety of other products that can be customized. They offer:
36 fabric options
Additional products or services: everything from sarongs to blinds
Before starting your digital fabric printing project, I highly recommend ordering both the fabric swatch and printed color guides available through most printers. Digital fabric printing is an investment and it’s helpful to know what to expect in terms of fabric quality.
What are your experiences with digital fabric printing? Do you have a go-to printer that you would like to recommend? Please add their name in the comments below!