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?
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