Freezer Paper Stencils

I’m among the last to jump on this very addicting bandwagon, and I have to agree with everyone else. This is so much fun. I can’t wait to do more. A friend had a baby shower, and I pounced at the chance to do them.

So I purchased freezer paper at my local grocery store and downloaded some clipart/images online. I traced those images onto the freezer paper, and with my x-acto knife, I cut them out. Here are some of them:

So here’s the lowdown on how to put them together:

1. Prewash your fabric. Do not use fabric softener!

2. Set your iron to the setting that corresponds with your fabric of choice. For the onesies, since they were cotton, I had it on the cotton setting.

3. Iron the freezer paper stencils onto your fabric, shiny side down (for me, this took no more than 10 seconds). Don’t make the mistake of ironing them on shiny side UP, or then you risk ruining your iron (and melting the wax/plastic side all over your iron plates).

4. Using foam/stencil brushes, apply fabric paint onto your stencil in an up/down motion (as if you were stabbing the fabric with your brush). You want to be dabbing the paint on, not brushing it side to side. If you brush it side to side, you risk having paint accumulate on the sides of the stencils, and having paint bleed underneath the stencil. It’s best to apply a couple of thin coats of paint, and do them evenly, rather than just gob it all on at once.

5. Wait for the paint to dry, then carefully peel the stencil off the fabric. With this particular fabric paint (I used Tulip Soft Fabric Paint from Joanns), the instructions say to let the paint dry flat for 4 hours. I didn’t wait the entire 4 hours to peel the stencil off – I just waited until it wasn’t completely wet. Probably 5 minutes or so is good enough for peeling off the stencil, then let it dry completely for the remainder of the time.

6. After that, I would recommend sticking them in the dryer on medium/high for 10 minutes (with no fabric softener), to heat-set the paint.

Washing instructions: When you want to wash them, turn them inside out and wash in warm water, tumble low/medium.

Easy huh? Here were some of my samples:

Here are some of the girls working on their onesies at the shower:

Some of their work:

Nice huh? I would post more pictures, but the rest of my pictures ended up dark and/or blurry. (I’m still a newbie with the camera manual controls.) So instead, I’ll leave you with some REALLY GOOD cupcakes we had at the shower from Sibby’s Cupcakery.

(If you couldn’t tell earlier, the shower was ocean-themed.) =)


  1. Those turtle cupcakes are great :)
    I’ve wanted to try Freezer Paper stencils for such a long time but somehow never got around to it, and Toam grows out of clothes so fast… I have a lot of pregnant friends now, so that might be a good excuse.

  2. OMG those came out SO CUTE!!! :) good job!!! and those cupcakes? did you guys buy them or make them? whoever did it, awesome!

  3. Cute!!!

  4. WOW!!! they are SOOO cute!!! You are always an inspiration to me! =D

  5. Seriously great job with the stencils – I still can’t believe you cut them all out! It was such a fun and cute project — totally makes me want to stencil something.. anything!

  6. Ruth, that is so cool! I want to learn how to do that. I have so many plain onesies I could try it on.

  7. Thanks for checking out my V.S. knock-off dress! You have to be one of the most talented people I’ve ever seen!! I love all of your projects.

  8. The ladybug shirt is so cute! :)

  9. i love these!! Oh my gosh, thanks for introducing me to the idea of these stencils. what a fantastic idea!!