Tuesday, August 28, 2012

{Bringing Home Baby} Stenciled Onesies Tutorial

Today I'm sharing a tutorial for Freezer Paper Stencil onesies!

Freezer paper stencils aren't a new idea...but I wanted to share a super cute baby gift idea that my friend, Crystal, is the master of!  She creates such unique and funny onesies for baby gifts.  I always love to attend showers that she's going to so that I can see what she comes up with!


Here's the thing with this tutorial...you can do this on anything.  Not just onesies!  I started out making T-shirts for my picky hubby {he's partial to Mossimo t-shirts from Target} and made one for my Gray too.  You can also do this on sheets, pillow cases, tote bags, etc.

{You Need}

freezer paper {not to be confused with wax or parchment paper}
printable, sketch or image to put onto Onesie
fabric paint {or acrylic paint with fabric medium to mix it with}
foam brush
totally flat surface {this is a MUST!}
onesies {of course!}
craft knife & cutting board


Start out by finding a printable or drawing out an image for you to use to trace your stencil.  I've included a few printables below that I created to make my onesies.  Click links below to download. (*For Personal Use only.*  I'd love for you to follow my blog too!)

Trace the image onto the paper side of the freezer paper {not on the plastic side!}.  No need to flip or reverse...just trace it like you want it on the shirt.  I suggest shading the negative pieces {where you plan to paint} so that you know which pieces will be taken out later.


Next cut out all of the pieces with your craft knife and keep them all!  For simple designs, you'll only need your stencil, but if you have more complex designs, you'll need all of the cut out pieces to make the stencil work.  Don't worry...I'll explain below!

Next starting with the outside pieces and working your way in, iron your stencil onto your shirt.  MAKE SURE YOU ARE IRONING ON A TOTALLY FLAT SURFACE.  My ironing board left marks that don't wash out where the freezer paper was.


1)  All of your pieces cut out.
2) Very outer edge piece ironed on.
3) Adding in the shaded pieces (to be removed later).  Next add pack in the inner pieces that will stay (cut outs from your As and Bs, Bat outline, etc).
4) Remove the shaded pieces. But keep the other inner non-shaded pieces.

Iron over it all one more time to be sure everything is "stuck" good.

Now it's time to paint!

Instead of owning acrylic paint in a million colors and fabric paint in a million colors, I purchased fabric paint medium from Michaels.  You just mix a small amout of this into your paint and it turns your regular acrylic paint into fabric paint.  Plain old fabric paint is fine too!


Put a piece of cardboard in between the front and back to prevent the paint from bleeding through! Using a foam brush, gently dab the paint on the stencil.  Dab carefully along the edges of the stencil so that you have super straight lines :)  Allow to dry and touch up with another layer if needed.


Allow to dry completely (my paint suggests 24 hrs) before removing the stencil to avoid bleeding of the paint.  You can also pull out your blow dryer to speed things up...can you tell I'm a pretty impatient person?!?



1 comment:

  1. Oh no, Sarah! You're gonna get me in so much trouble with this! I've got a ton of ideas instantly floating around in my head. Ohhhhh dear.... ;)


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