April 01, 2010

Freezer Paper Stenciling - an in depth tutorial

You asked for it and you got it. I've had a lot of e-mails asking detailed questions about freezer stenciling. If you've thought about doing it, but weren't sure how to do certain parts of it, here is a very detailed video taking you through each step. If you are already a pro, then you've got the day off.

I posted a link to buy freezer paper (to the left of the video) if you can't find it locally.
Here's what we're making. It's for the baby my oldest sister is having next week and I made it to match these adorable leg warmers I found.


Here we go.  After watching the video of myself I'm starting to think that I might not be a very exciting person.  It's not exactly like watching "Mission Impossible"  or "Indiana Jones," but then again this is freezer stenciling we're talking about.  Maybe you should grab some chocolate to eat while you watch this.  Okay? 

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Thanks for coming over to play.  E-mail if you have questions.  Also, would you like a more in depth tutorial on the bleach pen stuff?  Let me know.

97 comments:

  1. You crack me up! I love your tutuorial; I was totally thinking it would be a lot harder process (maybe it is a bit harder, but you make it look easy). I am craft-challeged but I am going to try this. I would love to see a tutorial on bleach pen stuff! You have a great blog; I really enjoy reading it!

    MF from MT

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  2. I've been wanting to do this forever! Thanks so much for the tutorial. One question- How hot is your iron and are you using it without steam?

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  3. Ha ha.. you're too cute! Looking forward to making a shirt for my little man this weekend. Thanks for the video!

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  4. Mauri - The iron is on medium heat with NO steam. Good luck!

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  5. Thanks so much for the video. I do lots of appliques, but I'm dying to try this. thanks so much and I LOVE the robot shirt you did for your son. I think I'm gonna have to try that!

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  6. I can't wait to try this. How does this paint stand up in the washing machine?

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  7. Super cute video!!! Love it! I did this recently using the freezer paper and bleach (inspired by you) I will send you a link as soon as I can get a decent pic :)

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  8. I really like ur crafy simplicity Cheri (still haven't found that Converse bag yet though). Thanks for blogging!

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  9. Andrea - As long as you heat set it (like I did with the iron on the video), it's fine in the wash. I've washed some of my little guys tees that I've made him a ton of times and they still look great.

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  10. I've never sealed it with an iron and mine still wash up just fine. I'll be doing it Cheri's way next time cause she knows her biz. That video was really helpful. It was also good to know that your craft room is every bit as trashed as mine.

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  11. Thank you for the great visual tutorial. I can't wait to try this myself.
    Rebecca

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  12. Great video & adorable helpers! Love the tee.

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  13. Great video - you did a super job.
    I wish I could find those paints, my WM doesn't have ANY fabric paint - phooey. I'm gonna try this eventually though.

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  14. What a great video tutorial! Thanks for sharing ... love the shirt too!

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  15. That was super helpful! I think they turn out so crisp and clean! You did a great job showing how simple it is to do (one handed!) Thanks!

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  16. VERY cute tutorial!

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  17. Thanks for the great tutorial I feel confident I can do this now, and yes bring on the bleach penI would love to see it.

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  18. Thank you So much for posting this... and you're not boring at all!! plus, your kiddos are so cute :)

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  19. Awesome. THank you! I am so gonna do this for Miss Calleigh's first birthday. I have a crap ton of blank shirts for her.

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  20. I just made some today!!! They are awesome (if I do say so myself). Thank you so much for the inspiration! I am hooked on this technique!

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  21. great tutorial, thanks! one question, do you iron the freezer on the back of the tee as well? can i just use a piece of cardboard instead?

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  22. Celine - You don't iron it onto the back of the shirt. Cardboard will work just fine.

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  23. I decided to make one on a navy shirt with red, white and lime green paint. My husband majored in art, and suggested I use a layer of white paint before adding the color. I know you mentioned you had to do a ton of layers when you used the orange on the navy... using the white paint first works great and saves you lots of time!

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  24. Hi Cheri, I love your blog, your t-shirts are awesome! I hope you don't mind I have put a link to your video tutorial on my blog because I couldn't have done one better!

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  25. You are amazing! Thanks for the tutorial. I must be special though because I can not cut well with the exacto knife. AT ALL. Do you do something special or have a magic one??? :) I am serious!

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  26. I finally got around to trying this. So much fun and I linked to you. Please stop over and take a peek!

    http://mommaskindacrafty.blogspot.com/2010/04/birthday-t-shirts.html

    I also added floss on my shoulder seams!

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  27. Thanks for this tutorial Cheri! I'm sorry-- I did read all the comments too -- it is FABRIC paint. Right? Like I can go to my trusty Hob Lob and buy FABRIC paint? Thanks.

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  28. Awesome! I am totally linking up! I SOOO wanna try this!

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  29. Thankyou for posting this! I have always wondered how to do this; I can't wait to try it out.

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  30. Awesome, awesome tutorial. Thanks so much for taking the time to make this tutorial. You've cleared up a few questions I had and made me feel brave.

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  31. Great tutorial, I have been wanting to try this, thanks!

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  32. I'm a big fan of yours and just made a shirt using this tutorial. Sadly, I used the exacto knife to help the stencil come off and cut a small slit in the shirt:( Is there a glue that will hold up in the washing machine or do I have to sew it? Thanks!

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  33. THANK YOU!!!! I would love a video tutorial on the bleach pen.

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  34. Hi! I just posted a link to your tutorial on my blog with my projects I learned from it. Thank you!!! It was soooo fun!

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  35. this is genius!!!! Thanks!

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  36. Thanks so much for the video! I linked you at http://mysweetry-pie.blogspot.com/2010/05/freezer-paper-shirt.html.

    Your blog is FANTASTIC!! Thanks again. :)

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  37. I would like to know about the bleach pen that you were talking about.

    My 11 year old daughter loves to do crafts so we will be getting some tee-shirts and doing this over the weekend. Love your kids, they are so cute and the ROAR.

    www.caringbridge.org/visit/mackensiegracecarterr

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  38. awesome tutorial can't wait to try it. thanks!

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  39. Thank you sooooooo much for doing this tutorial!! I kept reading about this, but had no idea what everyone was talking about.

    I made two t-shirts last night for the first time (thanks to your tutorial!!). Here is my first attempt:

    http://simplyjenna.blogspot.com/2010/06/freezer-paper-stenciling.html

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  40. Am I the only one for whom the video is malfunctioning? It plays one second, then freezes...and no audio. :/ I can scroll through the whole thing, but it won't play. Firefox?

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  41. Made another one! Man...this is addictive!! :)

    http://simplyjenna.blogspot.com/2010/06/dont-be-haten.html

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  42. I'v been dying to make one for my niece on the way, and now I feel like I can! Fabulous video, thank you so much!

    Found you on Love Stitched!

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  43. Can you use the same stencil on more than one shirt or do you need to use a new stencil every time??

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  44. You DO need a new stencil each time. They are not reusable. I know, that's the only bummer!

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  45. Thanks for the great video. I bought the paint and freezer paper ages ago, after seeing your really cool shirts. But I haven't been brave enough to try it out yet (I've been doing Heat & Bond appliques instead). But now that I've seen this video, I understand it better and I don't have to print on the freezer paper (our printer always has issues).

    Thanks!

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  46. Love this tutorial! One thing-you said in your video that you use piknik. How specifically did you get your image that you printed?

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  47. This is such a great tutorial!!! I wish I had found it before our annual summer "craft day"! I'm now thinking we should have a autumn day with the kids!! Thanks so much for sharing! :o)

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  48. Love this!

    Did you create this tree image on Picnik?

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  49. I love the tree as well! Where did you find the image? I am trying to find a great tree image as well!! Awesome tut!

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  50. I love it!!! I have found that it is really hard to be myself when I have a camera in my face. I think you did fabulous! I am going to have to do this.

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  51. Fantastic tutorial! Thanks for sharing- can't wait to try it out! Have you (or anyone you know) tried to cut out the freezer paper using a silhouette machine instead of the exacto knife? Does it work just as well?

    www.laforcebewithyou.com

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  52. I linked your tutorial in on my blog today, since it was your video that may me think I could actually do this, thanks so much!!

    http://shwinandshwin.blogspot.com/2010/10/inspired-by-project-runway-leggings.html

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  53. Did you know you are my hero? I always wanted to learn freezer paper stenciling, but never had any idea how. I just made my baby's Halloween costume because of your tutorial. Thank you so much! Again, my hero!

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  54. I love it!!! Thanks for sharing.

    Kisses from Spain

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  55. This is super fun! My sister and I were just talking yesterday about doing this. Thanks for the awesome video tutorial. We will be featuring you on our blog ziggycrafts.blogspot.com :)

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  56. THANK YOU! I love to stencil and this technique will help me be even more creative! Thanks for your generosity in sharing how to do this!

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  57. Hi Cheri,

    Thanks for posting this tutorial. And don't worry the video was marvelous. I think this would be a terrific project for my little one this weekend.

    By the way we featured your craft on our craft round up post. Take care!

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  58. I have been wondering about freezer paper stenciling forever. Thank you for your cute and very informative video tutorial!!

    http://www.shannonsews.blogspot.com

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  59. Thank you so much for this! I made some adorable onesies for a friend!

    http://gabrielsgoodtidings.blogspot.com/2011/02/freezer-paper-stenciled-onesies.html

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  60. Thank you so much for sharing. This was fabulous! I'll come back and share my first freezer stencil project once I've finish it (assuming it turns out okay).

    Also apparently you and I have similar sounding voices b/c my husband glanced at the laptop while I was watching your video and asked me when I made it (he heard you talking and thought it was me). Ha! Love it.

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  61. Love your blog! And love this super easy tutorial! Thank you for posting it! I also wanted to let you know that I featured your tutorial on my blog.
    http://calibandg.blogspot.com/2011/03/i-my-state-tees.html

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  62. Here I go... Thank you for this great video. I'll be making Jimmer Tshirts for our little Cougar fans.

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  63. What a great project! I make my own designs and love doing t-shirts, but hate the feel of iron-ons. This is going to be awesome. This will be perfect for making gifts, especially as our church is expanding rapidly in the nursery department and I have about half a dozen baby showers to go to in the next couple months! Thanks for the tutorial, you did great!

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  64. That was so cool. I loved how natural the whole thing was. It was just like being at a friends house. It was so lovely to see the kids interacting too. Well done with all the one handedness and camera work.

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  65. Love it! Very well done. Now I know what I am going to do on the canvas bags I have in my sewing room....
    jb

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  66. haha, Love it!

    Thanks for sharing!

    Lyric
    www.fwmomtalk.blogspot.com

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  67. I love it! Looks beautiful. Your video was very personable.

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  68. thanks! we are having day camp at my house for church and will be doing pillowcases and personalizing them with this technique. Now, I know...and knowing is half the battle!! ROAR!! ;)

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  69. Do you know if you can run the freezer paper through a Silhouette machine rather than using the exacto knife?

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  70. Hi Cheri, I've been lurking on your blog for a while now. I love all of the stuff you make! I'm using a lot of your tutorials for making things for my little boy that is due in August. I just finished making a quilt (actually made it for a friends new baby, not for mine). I used your Freezer paper tutorial and I just want to share it with you! Thanks for the help!!

    The full quilt front
    http://tinypic.com/r/5x0s41/7

    A close up of the logo
    http://tinypic.com/r/4qn4ex/7

    let me know if those links dont work.

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  71. Thank you so much for posting this!!! It's just wonderful and I can't wait to try this.

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  72. Hi Cheri!
    Thanks so much for the video - I'm so much of a visual learner that it helped tremendously and I'm now working on my first attempt at freezer paper stenciling! I was wondering where you buy your paint.
    I found some of the Tulip fabric paint at Hobby Lobby, but besides glitter and puffy, all I could find was slick! Also, the bottles look different from the pic you posted. Also, how long do you wait between coats? I tried to do a second coat and it seemed to be pulling up the first coat rather than adding more color, so I stopped. So I am now LITERALLY watching paint dry. :O/ lol

    Thanks so much!!

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  73. sofaqueen - How long to wait between coats of paint depends on which paint you're using. I try to wait until it's dry to the touch before adding another layer or it makes a big mess. I just head off to do something else and then come back to it.

    You can also try JoAnn's or Michael's for the Tulip paint. Usually it's on a lower shelf under all the puffy paint that's hung up.

    I hope that helps!

    Cheri

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  74. Hi Cheri!

    I have a question for ya... I've looked all around blogland and have had trouble finding what settings to use on the Silhouette for freezer paper. I have managed to make it work after MUCH trial and error but I'm wondering if there is any magic settings on speed and thickness? I'm a mommy of two little boys too so I love making freezer paper stenciled stuff for the. So.... using my silhouette (without so much trouble) would be awesome!

    Thanks so much. LOVE your blog!

    xoxo, Mallory

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  75. Cool!! But...I don't even own an iron. :P

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  76. Two questions - how hot was your iron and have you found it's better to take the freezer paper off while the paint is still wet or let it dry completely? I've made a few things but am wondering if there's a better way to do it. Thanks!

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  77. Thanks so much for such a great tutorial. I had fun trying my hand at freezer paper for the first time to make t-shirts for my husband for Christmas (I know, I'm a little later to the party!). He loved them and I have found a new favorite way to craft!!!
    http://madeitonmonday.blogspot.com/2011/12/gifts-for-guy-t-shirts.html

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  78. One question. Do you wit till the paint is dry to peel off the freezer paper, or does it need to still be wet?

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  79. This is great! What is your favorite photo editing web site?

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  80. easymac123 - It's picnik.com and you'll love it if you haven't used it before.

    Cheri

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  81. I have linked your tutorial to my blog http://studio12forty.blogspot.com/. You have always been one of my favorite bloggers!

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  82. I cannot get the video to play? Is there a problem with the link, or my browsers (IE and Firefox)?

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  83. disregard that my comment above! :) I refreshed the page a few times and voila! :) thanks! I cannot wait to make The Avengers tee for my little guy!

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  84. LOVE it! I'm trying to convince my girlfriends to do the Avengers tees for our girls-watch-the-kids-so-the-guys-can-play night... hopefully the kids will watch a show or something. I am thinking of all the projects I can do with this technique. Freezer paper, here I COME! Thanks for the tute.

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  85. Thank you for this great tutorial! I have used it several times and linked it on my blog. Thanks again!

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  86. you're g8! tx 4 shared with us your amazings ideas!!

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  87. I love your blog! Thanks for the time you put into this :)
    By the way, I am a fellow Wisconite, too; I enjoyed your "cheese" question in the FAQs.

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  88. I love your blog! Thanks for the time you put into this :)
    By the way, I am a fellow Wisconite, too; I enjoyed your "cheese" question in the FAQs.

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  89. so cool! I can't wait to try and make some shirts. Thanks for sharing.

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  90. I am also wondering what heat setting you have you iron at? Thanks! Totally loved your tutorial - you are a hoot!

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    1. I usually have it on medium heat.

      Cheri

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  91. How long do you usually wait between painting and peeling off the stencil?

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    1. I peel it off right away because I'm anxious, but it's probably best to let it dry a bit first. That way you don't have to worry about getting the paint in places it shouldn't go.

      Cheri

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  92. Wonderful Tutorial! We had a team of walkers walking in the Annual Mayor's Walk Against Domestic Violence here in Columbia, SC and decided to make matching t-shirts for the kids. After a miserably failed attempt at bleaching a t-shirt I went searching for a better way and came across your blog. I am happy to report that after the first 3 shirts for the kiddos and how crazy easy it was we went on to make 37 of them in total!!! Thank you again for a great tutorial!

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  94. Unable to play video is it still available?

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