We have various Print on Lycra fabrics to customize. Our Custom Printed Dye Sublimation Lycra and Scuba range is stretchy, making it ideal for everything from custom leggings, spandex body suit costumes, to cycling shorts. It is strong and durable and holds print and color beautifully. Our Soft Sheen Lycra features a beautiful, soft sheen finish. Even when stretched, your print will not fade. Ideal for fashion students and designers, our customized stretch Lycra are popular fabrics for fashion and cosplay body suits.
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We offer a range of different Lycra fabrics, which all have different weights and properties.
Choose the right stretchy Lycra for your sewing project.
Soft, Elastic, Matt, Opaque, Woven. 4 way Matt finish. Ideal for dresses, hot pants, bodysuits, leggings.
Soft, Shiny, Woven. 4 way stretch, shimmer faced. Ideal for dresses, contour T's, clothing, leggings.
Thick stretchy power Lycra, similar to cycle shorts or compression fabric. Good sporty feel.
Thick heavyweight knit with good stretch and nice drape. Bodycon dresses & home furnishings.
Medium weight, soft, 4-way stretch, slinky and smooth. Fantastic for leggings, swimwear, sportswear.
Wash at 86°F, low tumble dry heat, hang to dry, do not wring, low heat iron.
Lycra, or Spandex is a synthetic material which has an exceptional amount of stretch. Invented in 1958, and introduced in 1962, it has drastically impacted a lot of the clothing market. Spandex is actually an anagram of the word expands, which is exactly what this amazing material is known for. Lycra has a great number of uses from wrestling and gymnastics apparel, to sports wear, leggings, skirts, underwear and swimsuits. Lycra is also widely used in compression garments, and for cosplay.
We use digital printing methods that are done with environmentally friendly inks to create a permanently bonded, full color print onto your chosen fabric. Custom Lycra fabric printing can be finished in a number of ways. From having it sent exactly as it comes from the printer to cut on the line with the white edging removed. Should you prefer you can even opt to have your custom printed Lycra fabric hemmed, using black or white thread and an overlock stitch.
I was really impressed with the quality of the printing and fabric. Shipping was fast too. I needed a custom table runner for an event and got it well before I needed it.
If you can’t decide on which photo to use, you can upload multiple images and create a photo collage. This can be done using one of our pre-set montage templates, or you can create your own entirely from scratch. It’s super easy to do and the possibilities are endless.
Step 1 – Click the start design button & select your product options.
Step 2 – Go to the ‘Images & Text Tools’ tab, click the ‘add images/Text’ button on your product & ‘Select Images to Upload’ or use the Facebook/Instagram tabs.
Step 3 – Choose the images you want to use for your collage, upload & select them from the uploaded photos list.
Step 4 – Click ‘Create montage’ & select your collage style.
Step 5 – Add the collage to your design.
When printing on Lycra we use digital printing methods that are done with environmentally friendly inks to create a permanently bonded, full-color print onto your chosen fabric. Custom Lycra fabric printing can be finished in a number of ways. From having it sent exactly as it comes from the printer to cut on the line with the white edging removed. Should you prefer you can even opt to have your custom printed Lycra fabric hemmed, using black or white thread and an overlock stitch.
We print at 200dpi, which is a good combination of quality and file weight. Ideally, your image should be scaled to 100% at 200dpi; this means that no resizing of your file occurs, preventing any interpolation. Our design interface will have a quality marker next to the design that you have uploaded, this will change color using a traffic light system and display a message. The message will let you know if the resolution is too low or if you have a good quality image.
When you upload your design our system will automatically scale it to fit your chosen fabric dimensions. In the ‘Product Image’ tab, the displayed dimensions under ‘Print Size’ will show the dimensions of the piece of fabric that you are ordering. For image/design dimensions you need to see the ‘Images & Text Tools’ tab. You can see and edit the dimensions of the image under the quality information next to the thumbnail.
We advise providing images in the RGB color space. Specifically using the sRGB image profile, to achieve the best color results. What does this mean? In your editing software, choose RGB as the working space and assign the image profile as sRGB (full name sRGB IEC61966-2.1)
For most of our fabrics, there is no limit on the length of the fabric that you can order. We have a preview design window set up to 10 yds max to visualize the print, but that's not a print limit. If you'd like to order more, increase the quantity (x2 for 20 yds or x4 for 40 yds for e.g.) and then you can order as much as you'd like, with a built-in automatic volume discount too. The maximum print width of each fabric can be found on the individual fabric pages or in our design interface.
Yes, that might help you! Always incorporate any extra space or borders into your purchased fabric size. We trim squarely around fabric samples and fabric prints, leaving approximately 0.2" white space. Cutting neatly on the line has an additional fee.
Crocking, which is fading along the creases, often after washing or heavy use, occurs when you digitally print on natural fabrics - more so when dark or dense colors are used. It can be minimized by using a cool hand wash instead of machine washing as the tumbling of the machine is the main cause of this. To avoid entirely, we would advise using a poly fabric.
Our organic fabrics do not have any coatings that the non-organic fabrics have. This means the ink absorbs into the fibers, reducing the color strength slightly (by approx. -40%). For super-strong colors, we recommend a non-organic natural fabric.
Unfortunately not; we like to test meticulously so that we know what gets the best results on our fabrics, and our facilities cater perfectly to them. We do however print sublimation transfer paper to order, and if you have access to a heat press you can press your own fabrics easily.
For multi-colored or very detailed files we recommend using a tiff format, but they must be flattened. For simple colors and low detail files, a jpeg is fine.
Just like many fabric printing processes, there is the potential for shrinkage. Depending on the fabric, please expect and allow between 2-8% shrinkage which you need to plan for in your dimensions. This percentage can vary from print run to print run and between fabrics, so we would advise ordering a little more material than you require for your project.
We do not offer to print on both sides of the fabric, as a lot of our fabrics are semi-transparent or have some show through. This wouldn't work with double-sided printing. This is not a service that we offer on any of our fabrics.
At the moment no, our labels are all printed on the same satin fabric. We may introduce more in the future, but for now, this is the best choice. The labels are all cut the same way. You can order the fabric of your choice and make the labels yourself, but we do not cut different fabric into label format.
With environmental consciousness in mind, our fabrics are all printed using completely water-based inks. This means no chemicals or solvents are used. Our heat fixing procedure fixes the colors and prints, avoiding the downsides of steaming, such as excess or contaminated water returning into the waste system. We have one facility where we conduct all the printing, production and fulfillment. Rather than roll the fabrics, or send them in a tube, we fold them before they are sent out to you. This saves over 150 tubes a week, as well as a lot of space on the delivery van. (For delicate fabrics we ensure to package appropriately).
We work at improving our color profiles all the time. Though rare, it may happen that from one print run to another, and there could be slight color differences, this is normal and part of the process when we are constantly improving. It is extremely unlikely that there will be a huge difference (like orange instead of red for example). Please bear in mind such color variations can be intensified from fabric to fabric due to the varying grains and textures of the fabric. This is due to the construction of the materials as well as the print methods that have to be altered slightly for more delicate, natural textiles.
We have a full Cut & Sew service here at Bags of Love, and are able to hem your fabric prints for a small additional charge. We create a small one- or two-fold hem that typically uses 0.2" to 0.75" (5-20mm) of material, depending on the thickness of the fabric. So, for example, if you want a finished piece of fabric that measures 39.37" x 39.37", you will need to order a size of 39.96" x 39.96" to allow for the hem (on top of that please also allow for shrinkage of min 2%). The thicker the fabric, the bigger the hem will be. You can choose to have your prints hemmed with either Black or White thread. On our silk and other light woven fabrics, one hemmed edge will be straight (vertically down the roll) and the other will be slightly rippled. The hemming material allowances are as follows and you need to make your print bigger to accommodate the hem:
For further information about our fabrics see our FAQs.
Please note: As we make everything by hand, all sizes may vary slightly.