Where to print your own fabric in the UK

Uk fabric printing service

Want to design your very own fabric but not looking to print 1,000s of metres? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Although our fledgling print service didn't quite work out as planned, it hasn't dampened our enthusiasm for custom printed fabric and plus, we did do an awful lot of research in the process of setting up - so we thought we’d share our findings with you here! There are absolutely loads of ways and means to print your designs onto fabric, but in this post we are going to focus solely on digitally printing onto 100% natural fibres and concentrate on providers that are perfectly set up for small volumes under 50m.

A bit of an intro: Is digital printing the right textile printing method for you?

Digital production in general is absolutely perfect for small, bespoke runs. Which means that digital printing on fabric is perfect if you’re looking to get anywhere between a small test swatch and a few hundred metres printed of your fabric design. Although digital printing is a cost effective way of printing smaller volumes, it is not always the most cost effective way of printing very high volumes of one design. Therefore, if you are looking to print nearer 1,000 metres + of your design you might be best off going for rotary screen printing. In which case, we recommend you talk to the gang at Ivo Prints.

The other brilliant thing about digital textile printing is that there is no limit on the amount of colours you can use per design, because unlike some high-volume printing methods, it doesn’t require plates to be made up per colour, but simply works much like your standard desktop inkjet printer (only quite a bit bigger!)

The list below is made up of print bureaus specifically set up to cater for small-medium orders of up to around 50ms. It is simply so exciting to us to see that there is now such a great selection (and more joining their ranks all the time), because it not only allows many of us mere mortals access to services and technology usually reserved only for large companies, but also because for you designers and makers out there it is just making it easier and easier to get your products produced locally, right here in the UK.

Digitally printing with reactive dyes vs. pigment inks

There are two ways to digitally print onto natural fibres, with reactive dyes or with pigment inks.

With reactive dyes the colour goes right the way through the fabric, ‘dyeing’ the fibres. This means you can see the design on both sides of your fabric, which might be something you really need for a particular project. Reactive dyes tend to have a very good wash fastness and colour vibrancy, though are less great with light resistance. These characteristics tend to mean that reactive dyes are great for garments, as they can withstand frequent washing at high temperatures, but are not always the best choice for homewares that are likely to be in the sunlight a lot - eg curtain linings. Digitally printing with reactive dyes tends to be a bit more expensive per metre than when you digitally print with pigment inks. This is because after printing there there is a whole process of washing, steaming and drying necessary to rid the fabric of excess dye. This after care means that reactive dyes are not as eco-friendly as pigment inks, as the process uses a lot of water and electricity.

Pigment inks, on the other hand, sit on the surface of the fabric, meaning your design will not show through on both sides. It is a water-free process, with no washing, steaming or drying required. Instead, after printing the fabric is ‘fixed’ or baked for a couple of minutes at high temperatures, activating the binders in the ink. The process of digitally printing using pigment inks is a lot easier than reactive dyes and this is reflected in the fact that per metre it is usually substantially cheaper and it is generally considered to be a bit better to mother nature. However, the limitations of pigment inks are that they are still do not quite have the same level of wash fastness and colour vibrancy of other printing methods. Because they sit on the surface of your fabric pigment inks tend to make your fabric stiffer and more crisp. This characteristic and the fact that pigment inks have excellent light fastness, tends to make them really popular within the home interiors world.

  • Where to get your fabric digitally printed using reactive dyes


Digitally printed fabric - Insley and Nash

This is the digital printing arm of Insley and Nash, started by Mika and Gavin after they studied fashion design and trained as print technicians, they decided to buy up the equipment their college was selling off to start their own venture. Though still a young business, they’ve already built up a great roster of fashion and theatre clients.

Website: anddigital.co.uk

Telephone number: +44 (0)208 320 2558

Location: Deptford, London

Prices per metre starting from: £31.50

Minimum order: 1m

Fabric variety: A mix of silks, cottons and linens, with the occasional bamboo jersey and viscose available too.  

Custom and designer prints available to choose from?: No, custom upload only

Standard turnaround time: 10 working days, collect from studio - NB this option is free. There is a quicker 5 day option, either by post or by collection.

Anything else?: These guys also offer artworking and design services.

Be Fab Be Creative

Custom printed fabric - be fab be creative

This creative print bureau in Edinburgh was started by sisters Solii and Zoe and they say typical clients include a wide range of established designers, design students, small businesses and designer makers who have a passion for fabric. They’ve built up an excellent reputation amongst designer-makers and students in particular.

Website: befabbecreative.co.uk

Telephone number: NA

Location: Edinburgh, Scotland

Prices per metre starting from: £35

Minimum order: Test Swatch, which is ½ the fabric width x 20cm.  

Fabric variety: Cottons, linens and silks

Custom and designer prints available to choose from?:  No, custom upload only

Turnaround time: 10 working days

CAT Digital

Print on demand fabric - CAT Digital

CAT Digital is the commercial arm of the Centre for Advanced Textiles at the Glasgow school of art, started by a research grant from the Scottish government. What this means is that this gang not only operate as a commercial print bureau, but are also constantly researching and updating the technology behind their processes - which can only be a good thing!

Website: catdigital.co.uk

Telephone number: +44 (0)141 353 4742

Location: Glasgow, Scotland

Prices per metre starting from: £41

Minimum order: Test swatch, which is 30cm x 60cm

Fabric variety: Loads! Cottons, linens, silks, jerseys, viscose and even wool.

Custom and designer prints?: No, custom upload only

Turnaround time: 10-15 working days

Anything else?: They also offer artworking and design services.

Lacuna Press

Design your own fabric - Lacuna Press

The company was started by Jane, used to be called Liberty Press and is based in Cheltenham. As well as printing custom, short-run fabric, they also enable you to create custom canvas bags, cushions and silk scarves.

Website: lacunapress.com

Telephone number: NA

Location: Cheltenham, England

Prices per metre starting from: £19

Minimum order: Fabric sample, which is 20cm x 100cm

Fabric variety: Cottons, linens, silks and bamboo.

Custom and designer prints?: It looks like they are in the process of setting up a shop within their site where you can set up as a seller and upload your designs or even finished pieces (like cushions). Read more about it here

Turnaround time: 1 working day


These guys are based in east London, a part of the University of East London, in fact. They print for a wide range of clients: students, independent designers, fashion and textile studios, photographers and artists. They have both reactive dyes and dye sublimation processes, which is why they can print on a wide range of naturals and polyesters as well. 

Website: uel.ac.uk/fabpad

Telephone number: +44 (0)20 8223 2560

Location: Docklands, London

Prices per metre starting from: £45.24 for natural fabrics and £39.20 for polyesters (NB there are discounts for students)

Minimum order: 1m

Fabric variety: Loads! Cottons, linens, silks, jerseys, velvet and a wide selection of polyesters including spandex. 

Custom and designer prints?: No, custom only

Turnaround time: 5-7 working days for all silks, wools and cottons and 4 working days for polyesters.

Anything else?: They also offer artworking and textile design set up services if you've got a design but need some help cleaning it up or laying it out, for instance. 

  • Where to get your fabric digitally printed with pigment inks

Woven Monkey

Uk digital fabric printing - woven monkey

Woven Monkey was started by founder Ed back in 2013, in an area of Britain with a long and illustrious textile printing history. They have just introduced an open design marketplace, meaning anyone can upload their design for sale.

Website: wovenmonkey.com

Telephone number: NA

Location: Derbyshire, England

Prices per metre starting from: £21.99

Minimum order: Test Swatch, which is 20cm x 20cm.

Fabric variety: A selection of cottons

Custom and designer prints?: Yes, anyone can put their design up for sale on the site, so you can pick from that gallery as well as opt for your own custom print.

Turnaround time: 7-10 working days

Anything else?: They offer free UK delivery

Print Me Pretty

Custom fabric - Print Me Pretty



Print me Pretty was started by Janet in 2014 and as well as printing your fabric she also has an open marketplace for designs and regularly holds design competitions.

Website: printmepretty.co.uk

Location: Surrey, England

Prices per metre starting from: £16

Minimum order: Test swatch, which is 20cm x 20cm

Fabric variety: A selection of basic cottons in various weights

Custom and designer prints?: Yes, anyone can put their design up for sale on the site, so you can pick from that gallery as well as opt for your own custom print.

Turnaround time: 5 working days

Bags of Love

Print your own design on cotton - bags of love

Bags of love offer a huge array of personalised products, think mugs, flipflops, leggings, canvases and beach towels too! They have recently branched out into fabrics too, offering a wide array of natural ‘look’ fabrics, which are actually polyesters. These are printed using a process known as ‘dye sublimation’, not pigment inks. They do however have a selection of 100% cottons which they do print on with pigment inks.

Website: http://www.bagsoflove.co.uk/cotton-print.aspx

Location: London, England

Prices per metre starting from: £39

Minimum order: Their uploader canvas allows you to input custom height and width, so it’s really up to you!  

Fabric variety: A selection of basic cottons in various weights

Custom and designer prints?: Yes, anyone can put their design up for sale on the site, so you can pick from that gallery as well as opt for your own custom print.

Turnaround time: next day delivery

Anything else?: There is the option to supply your own fabrics

Hey UK Printers! Don’t see yourself here but would like to? Just get in touch with us at charlotte@byhandlondon.com.  

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Comments on this post ( 21 )

  • Sep 28, 2016

    Great article! We’re always on the lookout for London and UK based digi printers who use environmentally friendly low impact inks for our chic ethical womenswear. Do get in touch if that is you!


    — Valerie Goode

  • Aug 16, 2016


    We are Fashion Formula, a digital textile and wallpaper printing company based in North London.


    We offer 35 different fabrics including 10 different cottons and linens, bamboo, lycra, canvas, fleece, jersey, fashion dress fabrics ( Satins, CDC, Georgette) and even Fire retardant upholstery fabrics.

    You can also supply your own fabrics. We can print up to 100 mtrs on one roll.

    We have no minimums – Prices start from £1.00 for a 20 × 20 cm printed sample and £14.99 per meter.

    Our usual delivery turnaround is 2-3 days on all fabrics and we offer collection or same-day courier for our London- based customers. We ship worldwide.

    We have a studio available to help with any design and repeat issues, or to assist in creating the perfect print.

    Email us at hello@fashion-formula.com or call on 0203 695 5442 for more info.

    — Alex Wills

  • Jul 21, 2016

    Hi all,

    I digitally print my fabric at this textiles studio based in South East London called Design ME Textiles. You don’t have to use the fabrics they supply, you can supply them with your own fabric as well. They can print on pretty much anything plus its affordable :)
    Their website is: www.designmetextiles.co.uk if anybody is interested.

    — Melissa

  • Jun 18, 2016

    We are a new digital fabric printing bureau based in South London. If anyone reading this is looking for an affordable place to get your fabric printed, please have a look on our website: www.printandpresslondon.co.uk

    Prices start from £22 per metre, and we sell fabric and colour swatch packs for £1.

    We will also be launching custom printed wallpaper very soon, so please get in contact if we can help you print your designs.

    — Beki, Print & Press London

  • Jun 01, 2016

    Hi there, do you print on the customers choice of fabric, for example if we were to send our fabric , could you print our design on them?
    Many thx in advance

    — Adjowa

  • May 31, 2016


    I wanted help in finding companies that will print on 100% egyptian cotton fabric. I want to use my own fabrics to print, but searching online, all I can see is companies that offer digital printing BUT I have to purchase fabrics from them?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.



    — shaima

  • May 25, 2016

    Thank you for this list! Really helpful =)

    — Yael

  • May 11, 2016

    im starting a collection and i would like to know if you print on leather, faux leather and the prices

    — rosie

  • Apr 23, 2016

    Thanks for this article. I have some artwork that I am desperate to see on material and through your posts, I have ordered some samples. Can’t wait to get them! Thanks again.

    — maxine correya

  • Apr 09, 2016

    ive looked through all the pages provided, all im looking for is to print my own artwork onto jersey fabric at a low cost!
    Any help would be fantastic

    — kim

  • Mar 11, 2016

    Thank you so much for all this information, it has saved me hours of searching. All I want is to turn my paintings into cushion covers but it’s so expensive going through the more visible companies, and I couldn’t help but feel I was missing vital information.

    — Hannah Dosanjh

  • Mar 09, 2016


    I like to print my designs on fabric , and looking for save company
    Do you have agreement on you page about protection of your customer designs?

    Thank you

    — Ildico

  • Feb 18, 2016

    Great post…We are an award winning digital print company based in the UK shipping worldwide. www.Digetex.com + www.SurfacePatternPrint.com We offer great prices from £15.99 Inc fabric and print and offer over 100 fabrics…Buy online…We print reactive, pigment, dye-sublimation, transfer etc so offer both polyester, cotton, linen, fire retardant fabrics and silks plus wallpaper. Min Order just 1metre.
    Our studio can help with prep, repeats technical advise etc. Fabric samples and colour matching.
    We offer student discounts and a 3 day express service.
    We also have a design community with free Webshop and PR and run surface pattern workshops.
    We are a design lead company with over 40yrs experience in the manufacture of textiles.

    — Debbie Mckeegan

  • Feb 06, 2016


    We are a custom digital printing company that offers the lowest price across UK for a wide variety of fabrics and probably the first to be printing on Modale, Polybuttersilk & a range of Dobby Polyester. We have worked with high street brands across France & Denmark and design-makers in Denmark.

    We have recently started our web shop on www.printofabric.co.uk where you may choose to select the fabric and send your artwork to be printed.

    Please feel free to drop us your query on sales@printofabric.co.uk for a highly competitive quote on orders above 10 meters.

    Thanks !

    — Ana

  • Feb 02, 2016

    SO helpful thanks SO mcuh for taking the time to post this! Much appreciated

    — A.M

  • Nov 18, 2015

    Oh thank you so much! I’m trying to get my designs made into t-shirts for a small business and had no clue on where to start and lo behold I stumbled upon your post.
    Bless you guys!

    — Toks James

  • Jul 13, 2015


    I would also like website links to companies that do pigment ink digital print. And is there any companies that can digital print onto my own fabric?

    — Candy

  • May 10, 2015

    Thanks for the great list!
    I have had a scarf printed with Lacuna and some cotton swatches and fat quarters printed with Print Me Pretty. I was very happy with both services.

    It’s a good idea to get test swatches printed to make sure you’re happy with the results before ordering a big load.

    I also had some cotton printed with By Hand which I love and I’m sorry you won’t be continuing :(

    — Jo

  • May 07, 2015

    Thanks for the mention, By Hand London.

    Interesting article! As a fervent pigment ink fabric printer, I wanted to query a couple of your comments!

    Some pigment ink fabric printers use fabric that has a special coating to receive the ink. That is not universal though; certainly we don’t do that at Lacuna Press. So, I think it could be that coating that accounts for the crisp feel you mention. Also, just the fact that pigment printed fabrics are not washed after printing would help explain their possible stiffness compared to softer, reactive dyed fabrics, which will have been washed and ironed after printing.

    Regarding show through to the back of the fabric – again, this might be to do with the special coating used by some pigment ink fabric printers. But apart from that, pigment printers push the ink into the fabric in the same way that reactive-dyers do (the printers and printing method are the same; just the ink is different). The backing substrate that our fabric is printed against can testify to that!

    I’ve just done a small blog post about this issue with pictures for comparison: http://www.lacunapress.com/printing-custom-scarves-colour-show-through-to-back-of-fabric/

    Best wishes,

    — Jane

  • May 05, 2015

    This is a great list, thank you for posting!

    I used Lancuna Press last year when they were Liberty Press. I wouldn’t recommend them, they sent me unusable fabric and when I sent it back they told me it wasn’t faulty, but eventually agreed to re-print. The reprinted fabric was still unusable and the customer service was so abrasive that in the end I gave up. (You get what you pay for I guess)

    — Anon

  • Apr 29, 2015

    I love to illustrate for fun, but was entirely clueless as to where and how to get my designs made into, well, anything!

    Your post was so clear and simple, I could not have asked for a better guide! Thanks to you I have ordered a sample of my armadillo design, I can’t wait to see it and am so grateful to you for your help.

    — whatlyddid

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