Posted by Erika on Feb 18, 2009 in Family Crafts

Stenciling with freezer papers is one of the easiest, most inexpensive ways to create fashion items at home.

Freezer papers have a plastic coating on one side that can be ironed onto fabric without leaving any residue. You can quickly customize your plain t-shirts, tops, jackets and cotton Capri pants (see picture below).

Using an x-acto knife, carefully cut your designs out of freezer paper. If you wish, trace the pattern out before cutting. Don’t throw out your paper scraps – you can use them later to create other designs. Next, apply fabric paint to your stencils using a foam brush. (Fabric paint and foam brushes are available at most craft stores).

Next, place the stencil on your shirt/pant (oriented how you want the image to appear) with the shiny side of the freezer paper down. Place a full sheet of freezer paper on top of your stencil with the shiny side up. Lastly, place a thin piece of cloth on top of both freezer papers, and carefully iron your stencil onto the garment.

Leave the paint to dry overnight. After the paint dries, carefully peel off your stencil. To seal the paint, iron it once more with a piece of cloth or fresh freezer paper to protect it.

Congratulations, your garment is ready-to-wear.

Image courtesy: artfulparent.wordpress.com

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