Friday, December 30, 2011

Freezer Paper Stenciled Pillows: Tutorial

freezer paper stencil tutorial

Amidst all of my holiday gift making, I made a little something for myself, too.  I thought the new sled I purchased at the thrift needed a little accessorizing, so I whipped up these pillow covers to give my porch a little festive uplift.

I made the words using freezer paper stencils, and a decorative stitch on my sewing machine for the edges.  I used a hand-me-down curtain for the fabric.  I love them times a million!

I first learned about the brilliant use of freezer paper to make stencils a few years ago.  If you’re a blog or Pinterest fanatic like me, you’ve probably seen this technique, too.  But just in case you haven’t, I snapped some pictures of the process to show you how it’s done.

Freezer Paper Stencil Tutorial

First, you need supplies: Freezer Paper, an image that you want to stencil (I made my words simply using a font in Word), fabric you want to stencil on, an exacto knife, paint, and a paintbrush or sponge.

With the shiny side DOWN, trace and cut your image on the freezer paper to make your stencil. 

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Position your stencil on your fabric where you want it, and iron.  I use the cotton heat setting without steam, but vary this depending on your fabric.  Like magic, the freezer paper will adhere to your fabric.  Really cool.  Now, brush on your paint.

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Let the paint dry for a bit.  I don’t know how long “a bit” is, technically, but 20-30 minutes or so.  Maybe less if you’re impatient like me.  After you’ve decided the paint has dried long enough, peel away the freezer paper.  Ooh and aah over what you’ve just created because it is so, so cool.

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Happy stenciling, D.I.Y.’ers!



  1. I love freezer paper for stencilling! Your pillows look great. I'd love to do some stencil dolls one day!


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