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This is my biggest screen printing project yet! I tackled a full size sheet set (top sheet and fitted sheet) plus 2 pillow cases. I used my usual screen printing technique using adhesive vinyl cut on my Cricut machine. The great part about screen printing is that you can use the same piece of vinyl to print the design over and over. And, the ink soaks into the fabric, so you get a smooth feel – perfect for sheets.
Supplies Needed for Screen Printing with Vinyl
- Speedball 16×20 Frame
- Speedball Fabric Ink
- Transfer Tape
- Painter’s Tape
- Cricut Maker
- Oracal 651 Vinyl
- Cricut Easy Press 2 or Heat Press
- Screen Printing Press (optional)
- Heat Gun (optional)
- Blank Sheet Set
5 Tips and Tricks for Screen Printing Oversized Materials
- Use a larger screen to speed up the process. I used the Speedball 16×20 frame for this project.
- You need to work fast or your ink will dry in the screen. To give yourself more time between prints, squeegee a flood stroke between prints. This means after you lift the screen, use your squeegee to cover the screen in ink. Wet ink in the screen will keep it from drying out as quickly.
- The larger squeegee was difficult to hold with one hand. It'd be helpful to have someone to hold down the screen so you can use both hands.
- Be careful with your frame touching wet ink. I used a heat gun to quickly dry the ink so it wouldn't transfer on the back of the screen during the next print.
- Use a 1-color press. Next time I will use my press to ensure I get better ink coverage. There were a few spots that I missed and I wasn't able to put the screen back down to fix it.