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Tuesday, January 4, 2011

My First Freezer Paper Stenciled Shirts

I am sure you have seen freezer paper stenciled shirts before on blogland... they are nothing new, but ever since I got my Silhouette I really wanted to try them out since it would make them much easier to do.  Since I decided to make some of the gifts I gave out this year, that was able to present me (present, get it? hehe lame I know) with the perfect opportunity.

This is a wonderful blogpost I referenced with a tutorial video and she does hers without a Silhouette machine. This post is also a great resource.

I decided to do a trial on a onesie first before I made shirts for Eric's nieces and nephew. I used a design from my Silhouette software library and had my Silhouette machine cut the freezer paper creating the stencil saving all the little inside pieces needed for the stencil (all described in the video tutorial). Then I ironed it to the onesie shiny side down so it will stick.

As the video shows you, you don't need a Silhouette but it sure does help A LOT! I would never want to do a complicated design with just an exacto knife. Freezer paper is found near the wax paper and foil stuff by the way.

Then I used a paint medium that mixes with acrylic paint to turn it into fabric paint. A couple of coats later and voila! Looking back I think I would have picked an easier design for my trial... the little tiny stencil lines (like the propeller) were challenging especially when done on a teeny tiny onesie. I added the word later and love that font with the plane!

With the trial being a success, I picked up some shirts (and onesie) for Eric's nieces (1 yr, 3 yrs, 8 yrs) and nephew (11 yrs) and repeated the process with different designs I created in the software. Well the skull design I bought from Silhouette.

Here are the results: skull for the boy, i rule crown for the 8yr old, and cupcake for the 3yr old). They got their shirts as part of their Christmas gifts.

And onesie for the baby that says "sugar and spice... I LOVE that she is making a kissy face while wearing it ha! Priceless!

I dare say Miss Abby IS as cute as a cupcake... don't you agree? The cupcake even goes with her play kitchen stuff.

Her royal highness

The boy did not want to "model" his shirt for me but boys will be boys. Well my first freezer paper stenciled shirts turned out great don't you think!?! These were fun to make and even more fun to give and tell the person you made a shirt just for them! Plus it is very friendly on your wallet :)

I have made a few more freezer paper stenciled clothes since then that I can't wait to show you soon! Do you have any fun shirts you made or ideas for neat designs?

Linking up to these parties:


  1. Adorable~! I bough freezer paper forever ago and still haven't tried it yet!

  2. Well done. A cutting tool does make this so much easier. I'm sure your thoughtful gifts will be well loved.

  3. OH wow these look great! Fabulous job!

    I would LOVE for you to join us at Kids Get Crafty (with and for kids - every Wednesday on Red Ted Art) - current link up

    Hope to see you there!


  4. what setting do you use on your Silhouette? I used the regular paper setting and the blue plunger, but my design is torn. I'm think I may need to use a thicker paper setting.

  5. Hi Suesan, did you use the cutting mat? I put the freezer paper on the cutting mat and I use the blade for the thinnest type of medium... I wanna say that is the blue one.

  6. Not sure what happened to my comment, but the shirts came out so cute Emily! I might have to send you some tops (and payment) to help me with some cute stuff when baby R. arrives.

    great job!

  7. Thanks Shannon! Baby R will definitely need some cute shirts!! :)

  8. I love this! I am hosting my first link party and would love for you to link up!

  9. I've just recently discovered the joys of freezer paper stenciling and begged for fabric paint for Christmas so I could try it more. Those turned out adorable!

  10. Great job!! TFS and Happy New Year to y'all (from a Gamecock!)!!!

  11. cute t-shirts (and models) and great job on these!

  12. The shirts are great!! You did an awesome job! I wish I had a silhouette!!!! Brooke
    Girl Boy Girl Inspired

  13. So cute! Makes me want to get a silhouette! Hope you'll stop by my weekend party!

  14. these look wonderful!! love them.

  15. I love these t shirts and will have to give it a go. please do visit our blog hop which we run every monday. here is this week

  16. These turned out awesome! Me and the kids love doing freezer paper crafts!

  17. Cute stuff! I'm totally jealous of your silhouette! I'd love it if you came and linked these up to my new linky party, Tute {Yourself} Tuesday!!

  18. Adorable!!! I'm so excited to try these!!! i think I am going to make some Valentine's Day shirts for my kids with freezer paper! Thanks for the inspiration!!
    Thanks for linking up! Totally made my day!

  19. Emily, what I like about your freezer paper project is that you made it very approachable, and chose graphics and phrases that are adorable and appealing. Your execution was so clearly done with care, and your results look professional as a result. Beautifully done through and through! Thanks again for sharing your creativity at Rook No. 17!

  20. I love the zoom shirt, can you tell me what font did you use for the zoom?

  21. Emily - I just stumbled upon your great freezer paper article via Pinterest (and several links). I would love to know what "medium" you used that mixes with acrylic paint to turn it into fabric paint!!

    1. Hi Lisa, I bought it from Michaels in an 8oz bottle and it's called Delta Ceramcoat Clear Textile Medium. I found it near the fabric paint.


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