From swatch size to yardage up to 20 yards or more, having your own designs printed onto your choice of fabric is now a reality without the size, color, equipment expense and other limitations (or hassles) often associated trying to do this using home-based printers.
Textile artists have long bemoaned not being able to find just "the right fabric design" or "the right color" to suit what's in their "mind's eye" for their art. An increasing number of companies are using newly available technology to address these needs.
The choices for the type (as well as weight) of fabric on which your design can be printed are many, including cotton, linen, silk, polyester, rayon, suede, ramie, hemp and wool. Organic cottons, bamboo & cotton knits also are available.
Certainly its not inexpensive ($16.25 - $33.00/yard), but these costs are no higher than the hand-dyed and other specialty fabrics we often purchase. With exception of some of the specialty fabics (e.g., 100%bamboo and 100% organic cottons), there are no mininum yardage purchase requirements.
Following are the three companies of which I am aware that currently offer these services:
Fabric on Demand
Spoonflower - This is the first company to get into the field (in October 2008)