This was one of the easiest Freezer Paper Stencils I’ve ever done. My oldest thought the photo of my youngest sticking out his tongue was “cute” and wanted me to print it out. Broken printer so I FPS’ed it on a shirt instead. I scored a cute Garnet Hill shirt from the thrift store yesterday that I spied with FPS’ing in mind. I then used the tracing trick to get the image for the shirt, cut it out, ironed it and slapped some fabric paint on it.
I just stepped away from the computer to try and make my first TUTORIAL! Of course I did not think to document as I went last night so I just recreated the steps to make this easy and fun fps silhouette shirt.
Step 1 :: Pick image you want to make and gather your materials: freezer paper (different from wax paper in that it is waxy only on one side), pencil, sharp little scissors, paint, shirt. You can get freezer paper at some grocery stores and at most craft stores. Giant hiney shaped gourd basket, optional.
Step 2 :: Trace image using freezer paper (remember to use painters tape so it doesn’t gunk up the screen).
Step 3 :: Cut out the image. You can either make a clean cut in from the corner or fold and cut. You need to do this step cleanly because it’s going to form the outline for your stencil, you paint the negative space.
Step 4 :: Iron your stencil wax side down onto your shirt (underwear, pants, whatever!). Be sure of placement because these stencils are 1 shot only.
Step 5 :: Paint the inside of your stencil. I usually paint starting from the paper going towards the middle to decrease chance of the paint bleeding. Any fabric paint works but word in my craft group is that these potted paints are the best:
Step 6 :: I am an impatient person so I usually peel my stencil off straight away. I’ve never had a problem, just make sure to be careful not to let the wet paint on the paper rub against either the clothes you are actually wearing or the project you’ve just put a lot of time and effort into! Not that I have done either mind you, just a word to the wise.
Step 7 :: Let it dry. The directions say 24 hours but re-read step 6. Last night I waited exactly an hour, then ironed it and let it sit over night. I’m throwing it in the wash today (inside out) and I’ll let you know if the silhouette slides off!
Here is the book I bought but haven’t exactly read (this post on Whatknot really rang true for me).
But as I flipped through I was particularly taken by this looker:
And intimidated by the advanced nature of these ‘uns:
And that, my friends, is my first tutorial.
Today I do not feel like a craft blog imposter!