Stenciling can be so much fun. It can also be oh-so-frustrating when the paint bleeds through the stencil. It has happened to me more times than I care to remember. The solution? Freezer paper!
Simply take a piece of freezer paper and cut out your design. You can trace an image onto the freezer paper and cut it out by hand, or you can also print an image directly to the freezer paper and cut it out. I cut out this submarine on my cricut machine. Just place the freezer paper shiny side down and the machine will cut it easily.
Next, iron the outline onto your chosen fabric, again, shiny side down. The wax on the freezer paper will melt, forming a seal around your design. It is best to use fabric that has been washed without fabric softener.
Next, user fabric paint to fill in your stencil. You can put on quite a lot of paint. For this onesie I applied a couple of coats because I wanted the image to be very bright and bold on the onesie. Once you let the paint dry, you can peel the freezer paper off the fabric.
Easy as that. And… no bleeding paint!
Yesterday while Matt was busy photographing a wedding I had what I like to call a “craft-er-noon” and made this car onesie for Micah.
Well, to be honest, it was more like a “craft-er-day” since I can’t whip anything out in an afternoon anymore. It still took me all day- and that was with Micah getting lots of playtime from Grandma!