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Printing on Fabric Sample

Fabric Sample Printing

From £4.50. Ready in 1 - 2 day(s)

Delivery UK£1.25

Choosing the right fabric is critical. Finding the right weight, texture and drape is key to the success of the final design. These fabric test print swatches are here to help you select from our wide range. You can tell a lot from a printed swatch, but you can gauge even more when the sample is printed with your own design. Having the physical custom printed samples in your hand can help you reach final decision your creation. Check your print works with the surface texture, that you like the weight of the fabric and that the colour profile is accurate. Have your fabric sample with next day delivery to help speed up the decision making process.

  • Order A5, A4, A3, A2, A1 sample sizes
  • Choice of 95+ tried and trusted materials
  • Upload your designs and get a fabric sample print
  • Generous quantity discounts so you can trial a variety
  • All printed by us in London

Digital Fabric Sample Printing

When uploading an image into our A size sample preview your image will be resized to fit the A size you have selected. If you upload a very large file, it will be reduced to the size of the sample ordered. If you require a crop at actual size we recommend you size your file before uploading to ensure the dimensions are not changed. As these sample prints are small we do not recommend uploading files larger than 5mb. We can make your custom fabric samples in these landscape or portrait sizes:

  • A5 = 14.85cm x 21cm
  • A4 = 21cm x 29.7cm
  • A3 = 29.7cm x 42
  • A2 = 59.4cm x 42cm
  • A1 = 59.4cm x 84.1cm

See your test prints on the material of your choice. Generous quantity discount means you can trial many textile print tests and reduce costs. Printed and sent fast.
 

Fabric Printing Discount & Offers

Get a Test Print and receive a £10 gift voucher to redeem against your next order of fabric prints.* This offer is for new customers only. Voucher can only be used once and expires after 30 days.

*voucher cannot be used for test prints or samples.

Care instruction

These old fashioned customers like to be treated by hand, so no machines please! Just wash by hand and hang to dry. Will happily be ironed out with a little steam.

  • Hand Wash
  • Hang Dry
  • No Wring
  • Do Not Tumble
  • Iron Safe
  • Steam Safe

Reviews for Fabric Test Prints

Rated 4.9/5 based on 102 customer reviews view all

  • Outstanding quality, highly recommended. Outstanding quality,I love my item.Colours are wonderful and all the tiny details are easily seen :) very happy thank~you so much!. Will recommend to everyone I know.
    Rated 5 / 5 stars - by
  • Great! I ordered some velvet samples and was very pleased with the quality and turnaround time!
    Rated 5 / 5 stars - by
  • Sample Service The sample service was excellent, easy to use and quick turn around. A great way to test the fabric printing capability and ideal for small projects
    Rated 5 / 5 stars - by
  • Amazing detail and quality I am delighted with the quality of my custom design printed onto fabric. My design had very small details to it and every detail came out perfectly onto the fabric, the colours were also great! I'm not looking into getting a full design printed onto fabric, just need to pick a fabric to go with.
    Rated 5 / 5 stars - by

Delivery time & costs

At Contrado, we personally commit to our customer satisfaction with a wide product selection hand-made in our premises, a great quality, dedicated service as well as fast delivery.

Make use of our manufacturing and worldwide shipping experience

For the past 14 years, we have printed and hand-made countless personalised products for a wide range of customers all over the world and many of them have become loyal customers who love not only our products but also the care, knowledge and dedication from our staff.

Here is how it works. First, we hand-make your item on average within 1-3 days - depending on the product manufacturing timeline and quantities. You can find more information about manufacturing time on each product's specific page. Once your order is produced, we ship it, using your chosen delivery service, so you can receive it very quickly. Delivery time is subject to the delivery type you select in your basket. Here is a brief overview of our delivery options and times:
  • Royal Mail 1st Class Recorded (no tracking)  - 1-5 working days on average (please note that this can take up to 15 working days in very exceptional circumstances)
  • Royal Mail 1st Class recorded (no tracking) - Usually next day. Not guaranteed next day, or tracked. Signature Required. 
  • Special Delivery - next day delivery
  • Saturday Delivery (deliver only on Sat)
  • Collection from our London Office 

For further information on our production and shipping times, please click here

Once you have received your order, you can then enjoy or resell your hand-made products, which feature your very own designs.

You can also read more about our terms & conditions and refund policy.
We hope to start working with you soon.

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All you have to do is design what you love and we bring your creations to life. We take care of the hand crafting and manufacture, the sales and the shipping. You the designer, control the products and designs from wherever you are, from home, the office, even on the go. Meanwhile the orders start to roll in and you get commissions fast.

Print Guideline

  • DPI-Print Guideline Icon

    What's the best resolution to print in?

    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.

  • Jpeg-Tiff Print Guideline Icon

    Should I save my file as a TIFF or JPEG?

    For multi-coloured or very detailed files we recommend using a tiff format, but they must be flattened. For simple colours and low detail files, a jpeg is fine.

  • RGB-CMYK Print Guideline Icon

    Which colour model should I choose? RGB or CMYK?

    If each individual colour is specifically important to your design, choose CYMK as our setup will print each colour with the closest possible match within our available range. If the relationship between the colours within the image is more important choose RGB; this will reduce all colours equally to fit within our range.

  • Print-Roll Length Fabric Guide Icon

    Maximum dimensions

    There is no limit on the length of the fabric that you can order. We have a preview design window set up to 5m max to visualise the print, but that's not a print limit. If you'd like to order more, you can increase the quantity (x2 for 10m or x 4 for 20m for e.g.) and then your orders can be as long 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.

  • Borders-Print Guideline Icon

    Do I need to incorporate white space within my design if I want a border or some cutting space?

    Yes, that might help you! Always incorporate any extra space or boarders into your purchased fabric size. We trim squarely around fabric samples and fabric prints, leaving approximately 5mm white space. Cutting neatly on the line has an additional fee.

  • Transfer-Print Guideline Icon

    Do you print on fabric a customer supplies?

    Unfortunately not; we like to test meticulously so that we know what gets best results on our fabrics, and our facilities cater perfectly to them. We do however print sublimation paper to order, and if you have access to a heat press you can press your own fabrics easily.

  • Shrinkage-Print Guideline Icon

    What is the situation with material shrinkage?

    Just like many fabric printing processes, there is the potential for shrinkage. Depending on the fabric, please expect and allow between 2-6% shrinkage which you need to plan for in your dimensions.

  • Print-Both Sides Print Guideline Icon

    Can I print on both sides of the fabric?

    We do not offer printing on both sides of the fabric, as a lot of our fabrics are semi-transparent. As the customer, you can consider the effect of printing on both sides one of our fabrics and contact us, and we will get back to you if it's feasible.

  • Labels-Print Guideline Icon

    Can I order labels in another fabric? Will you cut them like you do with the normal fabric labels?

    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.

  • Eco friendly Printing

    How is your fabric printing eco-friendly?

    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 colours and prints, avoiding the downsides of steaming, such as excess or contaminated water returning into the waste system. We have one facility in London where we conduct all the printing, production and fulfillment.




Sizing For Hemming And Shrinkage

Hemming Options ICON

We have a full Cut & Sew service here at Contrado, 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 5 to 20mm of material, depending on the thickness of the fabric. So, for example, if you want a finished piece of fabric that measures 100 x 100cm, you will need to order a size of 101.5cm x 101.5cm 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:

  • Light Fabrics (20-100gsm): For silks and other light fabrics, we use 6-8mm in the hem (2 fold), so overall width/height will be minus 12-16mm
  • Medium Fabrics (101-200gsm): For medium-weight fabrics that fray, we use 15-20mm in the hem (2 fold) so overall width/height will be minus 35-40mm
  • Stiff/Heavy/No-fray fabrics: we use 15-20mm in the hem (1 fold) so overall width/height will be minus 35-40mm

All of these measurements are approximate and can vary. Including with shrinkage it can mean a fairly significant difference to ordered dimensions, so please plan your print accordingly. Depending on how open the weave is, our fabric can shrink anywhere from 2% to 8% with the average being 2.5%.

For further information about our fabrics see our FAQs.