Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Malone Gear & Freezer Paper Stenciling {mini tutorial}

What do the wives of football coaches do to kick off the football season? We have a craft night to make team apparel of course. We decided to try our hand at freezer paper stenciling. This was my 2nd time doing the freezer paper technique and I love the finished product, so I thought I'd show you how we did it. There are lots of great tutorials (link to MADE's tutorial) on the web, but here's a quick run down.

Supplies: shirt (pre-washed), foam brush, fabric paint, freezer paper, and not pictured a piece of cardboard to place between the front and back of the shirt.

1. Create a design. We used the Silhouette to create and cut the stencil, but if you don't have access to a craft cutter you can print the design and then use an exacto knife to cut out the stencil
2. Iron the freezer paper to the shirt (shiny side down). The freezer paper irons down easily just double check to make sure your edges are secure you don't want any paint leakage.

3. Apply paint with a foam brush. Typically 2-4 coats of paint are needed. Allow the paint to dry between coats (you can use a hair dryer to speed up the process). We found white paint takes the most coats.

4. Once the paint is dry carefully peel off the stencil and your fabric paint will remain.

5. Then heat set the image. Place a light piece of cotton fabric (dish towel or another t-shirt) over the image and iron.

6. Enjoy your masterpiece

This is Sawyer's Malone shirt for football season.
The back: daddy's old number

The front: for non-Malone fans it means I heart the moose (Malone's mascot sort of, the MU mascot is a actually a Pioneer, but somehow they depict it as a moose).

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