Stamping and Stenciling

Today I’m leading a workshop on fabric stamping and freezer paper stenciling for a group of local high school students!  Sounds fun, right!?  Well I’m hoping it is, but until recently there was a slight problem . . . I’d never done freezer paper stenciling before!  Crazy huh?  I mean, I’ve done stenciling with contact paper like on these t-shirts and these leggings, which is really really similar.  But everyone always raaaves about freezer paper, so I thought it was about time to give it a try.

The challenge was that freezer paper turned out to be not as readily available as everyone said it was.  I kept hearing that it’s found in the grocery store by the aluminum foil and saran wrap.  But I checked several stores and couldn’t find it!  Finally I just ordered some online.  Turned out to be easier than going to a store 😛 (I got mine from here).

freezer paper stenciling

I loved the process.  I’m not going to explain it, since there are a ton of great tutorials out there already.  But this is just the kind of thing I love to do to personalize or embellish a project.  I love adding a unique touch to an otherwise plain project.

freezer paper stenciling

I started with some onesies to go in the divided basket I made for Kristin’s baby.  I loved cutting out the stencils, but peeling off the stencil after the paint is dry and revealing the image is definitely my favorite part.

freezer paper stenciling

I’m also making a onesie for Kaya . . .

freezer paper stenciling

and this “Makers Gonna Make” stencil from Delia’s free printable is going to be a shirt for me!

freezer paper stenciling

Then last night I played around with potato stamps and made random patterns on scrap fabric.  It’s such a basic and common crafting project, but MAN is it fun!!

potato stamping

potato stamping

potato stamping

potato stamping

I wonder why I don’t do this more often!

Anyways, wish me luck with the high schoolers today.  They’ll be stamping and stenciling on shirts, tote bags and pillow cases.  Should be fun!


26 thoughts on “Stamping and Stenciling

    • I use Tulip Brand matte soft fabric paint and Jacquard Textile Color and Screen Printing Ink – I’m pretty sure that all of them are water based. They have an odor too, but probably not as strong and I don’t really notice it much.

  1. Hi, This is another thing that I need to try. They are adorable and you make it look so easy. The big bunny on Kaya’s is my favorite.

  2. These are so cute! This would be a fun way to liven up some summer tshirts. I’ll have to order some freezer paper online. It’s nice to know that I’m not the only one who couldn’t find freezer paper- I’ve looked at a bunch of stores locally, with no luck. I bet the high schoolers loved it!

  3. welcome to the freezer paper stencil club! love the onesies for C and love the shirt for kaya too!! there is something kind of therapeutic about cutting out those pieces with the x-acto knife, isn’t there?? i love it.

  4. Oooh! Love me some freezer paper too! And combine freezer paper stencils with your last potato stamp pattern you showed, and boom! You’ve got a sweet little patterned silhouette. 🙂

  5. these look awesome, cherie! so glad you finally got your hands on some freezer paper–your designs of course are adorable. i have to try the potatoes myself. the high schoolers must have had a blast!

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