freezer paper stencil tutorial – baby gift

I’m going to start this post off with an apology for my photos. I’ve been playing with freezer paper stencils since this weekend as my first project for my Pinterest Resolutions. I actually made quite a few this past weekend but forgot to finish taking pictures of them. I was so excited how they came out, I just wrapped them up and realized after I had gifted them that there were no photos! I made these late last night…as in I’m writing this at 12:15 am.

So these two special little outfits are for two of my favorite boys.

As I’m writing this, I still haven’t met one of them but he is guaranteed to be a favorite. My dear friend, Rebecca, gave birth to her second little boy on Wednesday afternoon. Since I wanted to make sure there were no last minute names changes I waited until Wednesday night to finish the presents. Hopefully Rebecca is too tired today to check her phone and see this post before I make it to the hospital ;)

So I designed two stencils using my new Silhouette on the computer. I love how simple the program is and how many images are available for downloading. Once I was happy with my design I laid out some freezer paper with the shiny side down on my Silhouette cutting mat.

It is almost impossible at night to get a photo of the stencil already cut out but not peeled from the mat at night. Once I peeled off the paper in the areas where I wanted paint, I ended up with something like this. Drew is the oldest and turning two next month.

Once you pull out the pieces of the stencil where you want to paint, you need to pull the entire piece of freezer paper off. It will get all warped but that is okay. You need to have a hot iron ready and iron on the paper shiny side down onto your fabric. I used a plain white tee from Target. Pay special attention to the little edges around your design to get a clean look. It is almost impossible to see but trust me it is there.
I think fabric paints which don’t require any work are the best but unfortunately, I just had regular paints and Martha Stewart Fabric medium. Don’t get me wrong, it works amazingly well and the color selection is awesome but I would prefer to skip an extra step if possible. I used a pool blue and a cement gray color mixed with the fabric medium as instructed.

This is the fun part. Paint your stencil. I used regular brushes this time but I prefer to use foam brushes. You want to dab your paint on to the stencil taking care not to push the edges of the paper itself too much so you don’t smear any paint under the stencil.

After I finished painting both outfits, a little onesie for baby Parker and a tee for Drew, I let them dry for some time. I’m impatient and wanted to see right away but trust me, let the paint dry completely before you peek. The drier it is, the less bleeding you will see.

And here are the finished outfits! Aren’t they cute? Once they dry, it is very important that you let the paint dry for 24 hours and then iron them again. The hot iron helps set the paint with the medium completely. I’ll be doing that part right before I visit the hospital.

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I can’t wait to meet little Parker today and get to see Drew be a perfect big brother. I can’t believe I completed my first Pinterest Resolution¬†already! Only 11 more to go.
Have you tried freezer paper stencils yet? What are your go to gifts for new babies? I always buy books or something I know the mom needs but I love to add in a handmade item to the stash as well.

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~Anna

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  1. says

    those are adorable! i need to try this, too! i actually have something i want to make for my MIL for her birthday and this would be great method to use. and also, very nice of you to think of the older brother, too! :) i loved when emmy was born and people brought things for sawyer,too- so sweet!

  2. says

    those are adorable! i need to try this, too! i actually have something i want to make for my MIL for her birthday and this would be great method to use. and also, very nice of you to think of the older brother, too! :) i loved when emmy was born and people brought things for sawyer,too- so sweet!

  3. says

    I promise I’ll take a picture of the awesome shirt you made me… although I may need to borrow your camera unless you want an iphone picture. Or maybe I’ll just bring it back over to your house and you can take the picture… ;)

  4. Emily @ EAKaHouse says

    Great job! I’ve been dying to use fabric paint on something so this might be a winner for me.
    Cheers!

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