Tutorial: How to Freezer Paper Stencil with FREE Silhouette Pattern

This is Carrie's first post on the UpCraft Club blog. Let's give her a warm welcome!

How many solid shirts are too many?? I feel like as I go through my wardrobe its FULL of plain, solid colors. They are great for everyday but sometimes its nice to have something that can show a little more personality, don't you think? Here, I've used the Union St Tee for a base, which is honestly gives you SO many awesome possibilities with different sleeve lengths and 2 different necklines. But why not go a step further and really make it your own.

Freezer paper stencils are a really fun and easy way to spice up any shirt, store bought or one you've made. Be sure you don't mistake freezer paper for plain wax paper. Freezer paper is only waxed on one side, allowing you to iron it onto your fabric, creating a temporary bond.

I used my Silhouette to cut out my stencil but never fear, if you don't have something to cut it for you, you can always just print to that and then use an small utility knife to cut out your design. If you have to cut it by hand just keep in mind you will want to make a simpler design to make cutting easy.

After the design is cut out, lay it out on your shirt and iron down. Because I have small pieces that need to complete my letters I did a quick iron on the main piece then added the little centers and ironed again. Its easiest to use a nice stiff ironing board, or even add a piece of cardboard between the shirt layers to help ensure it irons flat.

After you have the stencil applied, place a non-stick board inside the shirt to prevent the paint from soaking through to the back. I picked up a cardboard shirt form for around $1, it's wax coated on one side and plain on the other (this was also perfect when I was ironing). This should be readily available at your local craft store near the fabric paints.

Using a foam paintbrush, I applied 2 layers of paint and left it to dry. I came back to it after about 4 hours and I was able to peel off my stencil leaving me with a pretty awesome tee. I did have a few areas that my paint snuck under the stencil but overall I'm super happy with my results. Besides, imperfections are what makes handmade perfect :)

If you'd like to make your own tee with this design, I've included the download here FREE!! Enjoy!! 

We'd love to see what you make with this technique or with the Union St Tee pattern. Be sure to tag us on Instagram of facebook @UpCraftClub. #freezerpaperstencil

September 09, 2015 by UpCraft Club
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