Photo Fabric Pocket Tutorial

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Hey y’all! I don’t know about you but I cannot get enough of the current geometric trend. I’m especially drawn to geometric animals, so I decided to create a graphic for today’s project.


The graphic was intended to be cut out of paper and put on a canvas, but about 60% of the way through that process I realized that it looked like a 2nd grader made it and maybe I should just stick to what I know: sewing.


So off to Jo-ann Fabric and Craft Stores I went to get some photo fabric. Have you ever used it before? This was my first time and I guarantee it will not be the last because it is so much fun! You literally put the fabric through your printer and print your picture right onto it! Whaaaaa?


Ellie is obsessed with pockets right now, so I decided that the pockets had to stand out on this outfit. This black knit fabric from Joann Stores was the perfect fabric to allow the pockets to stand out.


 The dress is the Anywhere Dress Pattern by Go To Patterns (affiliate).  Pattern review will be in a separate post..spoiler alert: I love it! You could totally put photo fabric pockets on an existing dress though, which would make this a very quick project!


 The first step of this project is to find the image you want to print. I designed this elephant in Picmonkey using a photo of an elephant that my husband took when he was in Zambia last year. If you would like a how-to on that, let me know! Feel free to use my image for personal use.

Scale the image to the size you want. Print it on a piece of printer paper first to make sure that it’s exactly as you want it. Also, make sure you are not running low on printer ink!


Cut the roll of photo fabric to the size of a piece of printer paper. Then put it in your printer exactly as you would a piece of regular paper. Then hit print!


After it prints you must wait at least 15 minutes for it to dry. Once it’s dry peel the backing off and rinse it with water for 30 seconds or until the water runs clear. Blot with a towel to dry. My fabric changed from gray to lavender-gray during this process. I’m not really sure why! I could have played around with the colors and re-printed them but I thought eh, lavender looks pretty good!


Once fabric is completely dry iron it. Cut off excess fabric.


Fold each side over 1/2″ and press, then repeat.


Sew across the top of the pocket.

Now pin the pocket to the garment and sew that sucker on!

elephantdress3   This project is so quick and easy, and the sky is the limit as far as what you can create!

elephantpocketdress3 photofabricpocket


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Disclaimer—You have to have to have to hand wash these, or they will bleed and look awful. Ask me how I know.

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12 thoughts on “Photo Fabric Pocket Tutorial

  1. I love this so much Alida! From the black dress, to the cool geometric pockets! Wowza. Love, love it! Also…I have never used that photo fabric. I must try it!

  2. Love your use of the elephant! I would be interested in a tutorial on how to use Picmonkey to do something like this…I’ve been using it more for adding text to photos and creating collages than for design. Fun post! 🙂 Pinned this on Pinterest, too.

  3. I saw your pics on Pinterest already and love it! Never heard of print fabric before, I usually use transfer paper but this sounds even easier. And the hat is adorable!!

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