Ink on Fabric: 5 Unique and Personalised Gift Ideas Using Fabric Ink

by Wendy Croxford

in Tips & Ideas

27 Feb 2015  | 0 Comments

Are you thinking of a special gift for a loved one? There are a lot of things you can give a person but something you handmade is even more special. If you’re the creative and artistic type, why not give them something you created yourself? This is a fun project you can do that will put your artistic skills to good use. One idea you may want to consider is textile printing. There are lots of fun courses and workshops available if you would like some guidance to screen print or block print a gift, Google ‘Printing workshops’ in your area. Below are some gift ideas you can try out.

#1. Printed Shirts
We all love t-shirts. Even more so when the print is something that reflects our personality. Wearing something that shows your unique personality and style makes you feel special. Give your special someone a one-of-a-kind shirt with a touch of your artistry. Some ideas you can try are these: drawing or screenprinting their favourite celebrity’s face or a character they adore, or printing their favourite quotes or lyrics from a favourite song. When it comes to printing ideas, let your imagination run wild.

Screen Printing Workshop
Results of a screen printing workshop at The Print Bar in Brisbane, including tote bags and t-shirts. Using Permaset eco-friendly screen printing inks.
#2. Printed Bags

A lot of people won’t go out of their house without a bag in hand. If the person you’re planning to give something to is one of these people, then this is the perfect gift for them. You can create a personalised shopping bag for mom or make a custom tote bag for your best friend then paint it or screenprint it with any colour or design that you’re sure they’ll enjoy.

#3. Printed Hats

Custom prints aren’t just for your lady friends. You can incorporate personalised prints on gifts for your male buddies, too. As hats and beanies look great on guys and can be good for sun protection, these can be awesome gifts for your guy friends. Buy a hat then work your magic and handprint personalised prints on them.

#4. Printed Canvas shoes

You always wear your favourite shoes wherever you go, they’re practically your adventure buddies. Using a brush and some water based ink, you can create a pair that is truly unique to the wearer.  You can make one for yourself if you wish! White canvass shoes can be painted with cartoons, flowers, animals, tribal designs, geometrics and so much more. Nowadays, personalised canvas shoes are very much in fashion. Checkout
Graffiti Art
Graffiti art handpainted onto DVS shoes by LA based artist “Dersk One” using Permast Aqua inks. 
#5. Printed Pillow cases

If you want to give something decorative that can be used at home, you can paint pillow cases. These are relatively small so you don’t have to use a lot of ink. Importantly, using water-based inks like Permaset Aqua means they will be soft and comfortable when they sleep as well as decorative items in the bedroom. With handprinted pillow cases, your loved ones will always remember you whenever they use their pillow.

You can try other items made with fabric and come up with something remarkable. With your creativity, the possibilities are limitless. One thing you should remember though is to use eco-friendly ink to reduce harmful effects on health and the environment. If you’re using water based ink, you might want to read these helpful tips first. So go ahead, get your creative juices flowing. Give your special someone a handprinted gift of your artistry. Your efforts will surely be appreciated and remembered.

Permaprint does not contain ozone depleting chemicals such as CFCS or HCFCS. It is also formulated free of aromatic hydrocarbons. Permaprint premium is free of volatile organic solvent and does not contain PVC resin or Phthalate plasticiser