Before You Start

Instructions for saving images and printing to scale. How to print on fabric.

Fabrics, etc.

Miniature quilts, fabrics and wallpapers


Have a seat!


small projects and other decorative pieces




Before You Start

About Images and Scale

For best results, save graphic images to your desktop.

To Save Images:

Windows: Right click on the image and save as a desktop file in your folder of choice.

Click on the image and choose"save this image as....." or 
if using a Netscape Browser or a newer version of Internet Explorer, just drag the image to your desktop.

Printing Images to Scale:

Windows users may find these images smaller than intended when printed. You'll need to enlarge the downloaded images on your printer to preserve 1:12 scale. The graphics on this site were designed on Macintosh. Mac graphics use 72 pixels/inch. That's less than the100 pixels/inch used by other pcs. Because of this, some adjustments will be needed if you're using a Windows oriented PC .

Whether you print these projects with Windows or Mac, be aware that individual printers also vary. Before printing, please "preview" the picture on your printer to insure that the entire image will be printed. Reset printing margins or reduce/enlarge the image size as needed.

To save time, effort, materials, and ink, print the TEST GIF available below to help scale the site's graphics to your computer and printer. Print on standard paper, 8.5" x 11", using standard 1" margins and 100% size. Measure the printed inch line. Enlarge/reduce your printer settings until the line measures exactly one inch. Then use that figure to adjust the rest of the graphics downloaded from this site before printing.

Most GIFs on this site were designed to print on a standard sheet of paper using standard printer margins (see above). An inch/centimeter guideline is also included on most projects to help you print to intended scale. You may be able to easily resize to scale by selecting the "print to fit page" option on your printer if that's available. Some Windows users have found setting the printer to enlarge by about 138% works well.

Printing on Paper: Light colored papers work best. Use card stock or light cardboard for sturdiness. Heavy manilla file folders can also be used but their darker color will affect printing results. Some of the smaller projects can be printed on large index cards and is noted under the project description.

Don't overlook an inexpensive supply of printing materials. Recycled greeting cards and light boxes can often be used. Lightweight cardboard packaging from things like dry cereals can work very well. The unprinted inside surface can be used for printing. Boxes with white or light colored insides give the best results. Cut boxes to size with a straight edge being careful to keep edges square. The common carpenter's tool known as a T-square will help.

Printing on Fabric with your computer: Cut a sheet of freezer wrap 8.5 x 11 inches and iron, wax side down, to muslin or similar weight fabric. Iron should be set on medium hot to hot setting, steam off. Cut fabric to size of freezer wrap. Remove loose threads. Print just as you would for regular paper making sure fabric side is up when loading in printer. Peel off paper backing when ink has dried.

Computer printed fabric is NOT colorfast.

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