There are lots of tutorials and how-to’s out there for freezer paper, but based on the quantity of questions I’ve gotten (email and real life), I decided to talk about it briefly.
Here’s what I’m talking about. It’s located by the plastic wrap and aluminum foil. Not everywhere carries it. I would say it’s difficult-ish to find. I even had to break down and go to WalMart to get some. A roll this size runs $6-7, but it will last you FOREVER.
Freezer paper is shiny and plastic-y on one side and plain paper on the other. The plastic coating will stick to fabric when it’s ironed, but can easily be peeled off.
You can use a number of different techniques to get your design onto your fabric. I’ve tried bleach, spray paint, fabric paint, and acrylic paint mixed with a textile medium. I like them all.
If your design has free floating details like the skull or letters, you’ll need to hang on to those pieces and reposition them within your design. The nice part about using pumpkin carving templates is that there aren’t any floating pieces.
And here’s a brief how-to!
You’ll need freezer paper, a design to trace, a pencil, an Exacto knife, and some sort of paint or bleach.
Trace the design onto your freezer paper. You can see through it pretty well:
How much excess freezer paper you leave around the edges is kind of personal preference. I leave more when I use spray paint to protect the rest of the shirt.
Sit down with your Exacto knife and start cutting.
Position the freezer paper on your fabric and iron.
You’ll want to press and then lift and press some more as opposed to sliding the iron back and forth. Sliding it will catch on the details and rip them.
If you’re using paint that will bleed (pretty much anything but spray paint), you’ll want to stick a piece of cardboard inside the shirt now.
Then I went out to my garage…
and spray painted.
Let it dry for about 10 minutes and then peel the freezer paper off.
You can also cut freezer paper in your Cricut…think of the possibilities with THAT!
***Edit to add pics of the shirt after it’s been machine washed and dried (inside out). They should be click-able.***
***Edit part deux: I tried another shirt using Valspar spray paint and it was a disaster. Probably don’t use that kind.***