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Take the large piece to be stretched, and ironed it out flat.

Then fold it into quarters (so I would later be able to find the center), and ironed creases into it. The “+” crease will mark the center of the canvas.

Iron creases into the stretching canvas

Iron creases into the stretching canvas

For each page that you printed, there will be a small white margin visible. You can either trim these off of all the pages (and then assemble the image edge-to-edge), or do as I did, which was to start with pages that still had the border and just trim the edges of pages that I would overlap over those borders (I decided this was easier).

To mark where I needed to cut, I just laid a sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper over the fabric and traced the outline. Along the way I discovered that many of the pages printed a little cock-eyed, so I had to monkey around with where to draw the outline to cut. Nothing needs to be completely exact, as you can always fix stuff by painting over it later:

Trace out the edge to cut

Trace out the edge to cut

Unfold the large canvas so that the “+” crease is on the ironing board. Find the center of your image from the numbered print preview:

Find the center of the image

Find the center of the image

In my case, this means that I need to find pages 15, 16, 21 and 22. One-by-one, peel off the paper backing, position the page image side up & sticky side down to the canvas center. Iron each page down according to the Heat Bond instructions:

Iron the image onto the stretching canvas

Iron the image onto the stretching canvas

Here’s a step I should have done. When you have ironed all of the pages down, flip the whole canvas over to look for places where the glue didn’t stick correctly (it’s easier to see it from this side). Re-iron where necessary.

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