Last month, I wrote about the ‘Charm Necklace’ Design Your Own T-Shirt Kit from Bricolage Boutique which was a wonderful opportunity for me to introduce fabric printing to Little E.
This kit comes with a set of fabric paints and pens, a stencil, and a set of buttons and felt squares for embellishment – everything you will need to make an awesome teeshirt!
The fill-in-the-blank design of the ‘Story of my Favourites’ Tee allowed me to use a Tee-shirt printing technique that I have been itching to try out – Freezer Paper Stencils.
Freezer paper (which is easily available at supermarkets such as Cold Storage) is a plastic coated paper that is primarily used for wrapping meat and helps to prevent freezer burn. It is not the same as wax paper or greaseproof paper, which has a different non-stick coating. I was surprised at how simple it was to use the freezer paper as a fabric stencil.
I had J place a sheet of freezer paper over the teeshirt (waxy side down) and fill in the blanks, writing on the back of the freezer paper using a pencil. This allowed me to help correct any spelling errors as well as ensure that each word fitted nicely in the space available.
Using a craft knife, I carefully cut out each word, outlining each letter so that there was 2-3mm space from the pencil marks that J made. This allowed me to preserve J’s handwriting and turn it into a stencil which can be used for printing.
After aligning the completed freezer paper stencil carefully over the teeshirt, with the waxy plastic side down, I ironed it into place. I used a warm, dry iron and pressed down firmly for 5 seconds (With J counting next to me) in one place before moving the iron to another portion of the stencil. I continued until I had ironed over the whole stencil.
The heat of the iron gently melts the waxy surface of the freezer paper so that it turns into a weak adhesive which sticks to the fabric, sealing the edges of the stencil so that paint will not bleed underneath.
When the freezer paper was cool, it was time to paint! We put a sheet of plastic the plastic packaging that the shirt was wrapped in) inside the teeshirt to prevent the paint from soaking through to the back of the shirt.
I let J pick the colours and paint over the stencil by himself. When the paint was dry, J peeled off the stencil. As you can see, it worked a treat!
Next, it was time to work on the embellishments. For this, I had J look at some pictures on the internet to choose what he wanted his felt pictures to look like. To make things simple, we chose images that were comprised of simple shapes that would be easy for J to draw and cut out.
I let J assemble the felt embellishments and arrange the buttons on the teeshirt, and took a picture of his completed design. This was so that I would be able to remember how the embellishments were positioned when it was time for me to sew them into place.
The back of the teeshirt has a nice big space which I felt would be a shame to leave blank. I decided to trace one of J’s drawings onto a sheet of freezer paper, and turn it into a stencil. J diligently went to work colouring it all in.
When it was done, I fixed the fabric paint and ink by ironing over the reverse side of the tee-shirt.
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