I have recently discovered the joys of using freezer paper as a stencil for fabric. Now that I have my Sizzix Eclips cutting machine, stenciling is a breeze!
My husband oversees a youth group, and they had planned a group date night to make homemade pizzas. They thought it would be fun to have matching aprons with the night’s theme printed on. I pulled out my freezer paper, cutter, and paint, and I had these knocked out in no time!
Step 1: Cut your design out of the freezer paper. You can use an electronic cutter or simply cut it by hand with scissors or a razor blade. Be sure to trace your design on the non-shiny side of the freezer paper. Plug in your iron and turn it to a warm, non-steam setting.
Step 2: Place your stencil, shiny side down, onto your fabric. Carefully run your iron over the stencil. I find it helpful to hold it down for a few seconds in each place rather than to iron back and forth – this way your stencil doesn’t move around as you’re getting it tacked down. As you iron over the stencil, the freezer paper should adhere to the fabric.
Step 3: Using a stippling brush or foam brush, lightly dab paint onto your stencil. Allow the paint to dry then gently pull your stencil off the fabric.
Viola! You’re done! I love how ironing down the stencil returns a sharp design with clean lines and no bleeding of paint! I have used this method many times, like on St. Patrick’s Day morning when my daughter didn’t have a single green thing to wear, and we stenciled a green shamrock onto a plain white shirt. It took us 10 minutes, and she was ready to go. Here’s to the many uses of freezer paper!
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