Fabric Printing at RHPL

Currently available at Central branch.

Customize cotton textiles with your own design by booking a time to use the fabric printer in our Maker Space!

Our fabric printer can be used to print digital images or graphics directly onto a fabric of your choice. If you have an RHPL card in good standing,* you can bring in a cotton fabric item like a T-shirt or apron, and customize it with an image of your choice. RHPL’s Maker Space contains a Roland VersaSTUDIO BT-12 Direct-to-Garment Printer. It prints images (photos or graphics) directly onto fabric items like T-shirts and tote bags and is currently available at Central Library.

Fabric Printing is just one of our Maker Space services. Visit our Maker Space webpage to see what else you can create!

Booking Our Fabric Printer

First-time creators: Before you can use our Maker Space services on your own, book one-on-one time with our team to go over the equipment and ask any questions you may have. Schedule your MakerSpace 101 session here. 

Experienced creators: If you've used our fabric printer before or have completed our Maker Space 101 session, you can schedule your time through our Fabric Printer Booking Form.

Getting Started

Complete our MakerSpace 101 session with a member of our team. If you've already printed an item with our fabric printer, or if you've completed our Maker Space 101 session, you can book time with our fabric printer and follow these steps to print your item. 

  1. Choose an image: Prepare an image file that’s in JPG or PNG format and is no larger than an A4 page (8.25 x 11.75 inches). When choosing or creating your design, remember that the printer cannot print white. Not sure what image to choose? The fabric printer design software has a selection of clip art and text options that you can look through during your appointment.
     
  2. Choose your fabric item: Choose your fabric item (e.g. T-shirt, apron, pillowcase) that you’d like to print your design on. It should be 50-100% cotton and should be a very light colour (i.e. white or beige) for best results. Printed images will not be visible on black or dark fabrics.
     
  3. Reserve the equipment: Fill out our Fabric Printer Booking Form to reserve your time with the equipment.
     
  4. Print your design: Check in with staff 15 minutes before your scheduled appointment. We’ll go over printing procedures and show you how to load your fabric item into the printer and initiate the print job. You’re expected to stay with the printer until the job is complete. Most designs only take a few minutes to print.

Costs

Currently, there are no costs to using our fabric printing services. You are required to provide your own fabric item that you’d like to print on.

It's all about the details.

* Persons with an Adult Card (full membership) and Student Card (full membership) in good standing may use our Maker Space equipment. You'll be required to show a valid photo ID (e.g. Ontario ID, driver’s license, student ID, etc.) at your appointment. You’ll also be financially responsible for any damage or misuse of the equipment. Permission and supervision by a parent or guardian is required at all times if a child 14 or younger wishes to use the equipment.

Timing: Maker Space use is subject to the availability of the equipment. Arriving more than ten minutes late may result in the automatic cancellation of your booked time. All work must be completed 30 minutes prior to the branch closing; Maker Space equipment will not operate after the Library is closed. Your project will be cancelled if the estimated time of your work exceeds the time booked for your appointment or if your work can’t be finished before the Library closes.

Materials: The materials you need to provide depend on the equipment you’ll be using. Unless otherwise specified, only library-provided filaments and materials can be used; you are responsible for providing storage solutions (i.e. USB flash drives or web-based storage) for your files, and in some cases, you’re responsible for providing an item that your design will be printed onto (i.e. t-shirt, tote bag).

Your Project: Maker Space use is subject the approval of Library staff. You can’t create items that are illegal under professional or federal law, unsafe, harmful, obscene, dangerous, or pose an immediate threat to the wellbeing of others. This includes weapons or weapon components, sexually explicit material, or material that is in violation of another's intellectual property rights, such as items subject to copyright, patent or trademark protection. The Library reserves the right to halt, delete or disallow the creation of items that it deems to be inappropriate or unsafe.

Responsibility: As the creative genius behind your work, you are responsible for your masterpiece. You’re expected to monitor your work and are responsible for any issues with your design or initial files. We’re trained in how to use Maker Space equipment and are here to support you and answer any questions about the equipment that you may have. If there are problems with the equipment, please report them to us immediately so that we can maximize your scheduled block of time. We’ll do our best to ensure the equipment is working properly; equipment problems that you notice must be reported to us right away.

Fees: Some Maker Space equipment have costs associated with the materials (i.e. filament, vinyl) that the equipment uses. The Library does not offer refunds for failed print jobs. Credit can be provided for another Maker Space session in cases where a fee has been paid and hardware problems occur. You’ll be financially responsible for any damage or misuse of the equipment. Fees are subject to change. Always visit rhpl.ca/makerspace for the most up-to-date information on our Maker Space services.