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Customising: How to Print with Freezer Paper

printing with freezer paper

Here’s a quick and professional looking way to customise a shop bought t-shirt, using a freezer paper; brilliant stuff that’s been used by patchwork and quilters for years.

You will need:

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  • a plain t-shirt
  • freezer paper (it’s made by Reynolds and is available from most big sewing supplies shops)
  • fabric paint (I’ve used Dylon fabric paints on my t-shirt, you could also use a fabric spray paint like the Marabu one in the picture, just make sure you choose an opaque paint if you want a bold graphic effect like my t-shirt)
  • a chopped up washing up sponge or a paintbrush
  • cutting mat
  • craft knife
  • pencil
  • a design for your stencil (or you can download my foxy face).

What to do:

1.how to print with freezer paperCut a piece of freezer paper to fit your stencil and to fit onto your t-shirt.

2.how to print with freezer paperPosition the stencil on the freezer paper and draw around it.

3.how to print with freezer paperCut the design from the freezer paper carefully using a craft knife or scalpel and a cutting mat to protect your work surface! TIP: be extra careful in the corners to make sure you don’t tear the paper.

4.how to print with freezer paperTake the shape of the fox’s head that you’ve cut out of the freezer paper and place it shiny side down in the position you want it to be on your t-shirt. Iron the paper and it will stick to your t-shirt. Move the iron slowly and be sure to go over all the edges and corners, but be careful not to scorch your t-shirt.

5.how to print with freezer paperSlide a couple of sheets of paper in between the layers of the t-shirt so that the paint doesn’t go all the way through both layers.

6.how to print with freezer paperUsing your washing up sponge gradually apply the fabric paint over the edges of the stencil. TIP: don’t put too much paint on the sponge at any one time or it will make big uneven splodges on your t-shirt and you may even drip it in the wrong place!

7.how to print with freezer paperLeave the paint to dry for a few hours before trying to remove the stencil.

8.how to print with freezer paperOnce the paint has dried remove the stencil carefully.

9.how to print with freezer paper

how to print with freezer paperIron the paint to set it and make it permanent. TIP: use some thin muslin over the top of your t-shirt – this enables you to use a hot iron without scorching your t-shirt and ensures no paint could find its way onto your iron!

10.how to print with freezer paperYour stenciled design is now fixed and permanent and your garment can be washed as normal.

If you don’t like the “reverse” or “negative” style of the stencil on my t-shirt, use the shape that was left behind when you cut out your stencil to get a “positive” image like this one:printing with freezer paper

Happy printing!

Find the first post in my Customising series here, it’s all about how to make and use Suffolk Puffs.

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Customising: How to Make Suffolk Puffs (or Yo-Yo’s)

yoyo suffolk puff

The depths of January aka the perfect time of year for a slow sewing, hand sewing, frugal kind of project. Inspired by my recent post on ideas for using up your leftover fabrics, here’s a step-by-step tutorial for one of my stash-busting suggestions………

Suffolk Puffs (or yo-yo’s as they’re known in the US) come from the patchwork and quilting world where they’re traditionally joined together to make covers or used to decorate other items. They’re little discs of gathered up fabric and look great when made in lots of different fabrics and sizes. I’ll warn you now……they’re quite addictive making once you get started and they’re not just for quilters!

How to make yo-yo’s and Suffolk puffs:

1 – Make your template – the finished puff will turn out half the size of your template. (You can get puff makers, but having used one, personally I don’t think they make as nice a puff because you can’t get your gathering stitches small enough). suffolk puff instructions 12 – Choose your fabrics – lightweight cottons and silks work best – thicker fabrics won’t gather up so well and can become a bit bulky.

3 – Turn over a tiny (approx. 0.5cm) hem all around the edge of the circle of fabric towards the wrong side. Thread up a hand sewing needle with matching colour thread, make a knot at the end of the thread and sew a small (each stitch and gap approx. 0.5cm) running stitch with a single thread, not doubled (it’s more likely to get in a tangle if you use your thread doubled) all around the edge of the circle. suffolk puffs instructions 2

4 – When you get back to the start of your stitching draw up the running stitches to gather the fabric as tight as you can without snapping the thread!

TIP use synthetic thread not cotton – it’s stronger so won’t snap when you’re gathering your fabric. suffolk puff instructions 3

5 – Turn the puff through to the right side of the fabric before the gathering stitches close the hole. Close the hole as tightly as you can.

6 – The circle will turn into a little pouch! yoyo instructions 4

7 – Fasten off the end of your thread securely and flatten out the puff. I like to then give them a little iron to really flatten them and make them into little fabric discs.

yo-yo's detail

What to do with your yoyo’s and suffolk puffs:

You can then slip stitch them invisibly onto your garment by running your needle along the folded edge of the puff (you’ll have what looks like a line of running stitch on the inside of the garment.

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They look great creeping across the front of a plain skirt or around the neck of a t-shirt!

yo-yo skirt

yo-yo's t-shirt

Make colour / pattern coordinated ones or make a rainbow of them with your fabric scraps – perfect for those tiny bits of super precious fabric that you keep hoarding.

Or, if you’re keen to get back on your sewing machine after all that hand sewing….

yo-yo's

….tack them onto some water soluble fabric and join them together with some freehand machine embroidery.

yo-yo's

Happy sewing and remember, I warned you they were addictive……I have a box full, most sewn while sat in front of the TV or on public transport!

Last Customising Project for Sewing World Magazine

The last in my customising series for Sewing World is in the February issue which is out now.  Everyone has an old pair of jeans sitting in the back of the wardrobe.  Dig them out and turn this….

jeans-before

Into this…….

jeans-after

There are so many different ways you can do this, I’ll bet everyone that has a go ends up with a totally different style of skirt…..long, short, contrast fabrics, flared skirt, pencil skirt, finished with bias binding, frayed hem……  It’s on pages 69 to 71.  Go on, what are you waiting for!!

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In March I have a new series starting in Sewing World called Finishing Touches.  The first in the series will be all about how to make beautiful bound buttonholes.

2012 Sunday Workshop Dates

Finally (!), I have timetabled my Sunday workshops for the first half of 2012, it includes two brand new workshops, here they all are:

Sunday 5th February – How to use your Sewing Machine
Another date for this popular workshop.  The day is aimed at beginners to find your way around a sewing machine including; different stitches, changing the tension, the different settings, cleaning, changing needles, changing feet, threads, using different fabrics and of course threading and sewing!

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Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 11am to 3pm.
  • £35 payable in advance to confirm your space.

Sunday 26th February – Skirt Making Workshop
Want to learn to sew?  Fancy a new skirt?  Want to make a present for a friend?
Come to this one day intensive workshop and learn some sewing basics whilst making an A-line skirt.  This workshop will teach you the basics of reading a pattern and using a sewing machine.
Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 10.30am to 4.30pm.
  • £45 payable in advance to confirm your space.

Sunday 11th March – Sewing with Knits
A combination of the winter and summer versions of this workshop depending on what you want to make!  Sewing with stretchy jersey fabrics can be tricky on a domestic sewing machine, so at this workshop I’ll show you the best ways to cut and sew knitted fabrics.  I’ll provide you with a choice of winter and summer patterns specifically designed for jersey fabrics for you to whip up something to wear by the end of the day. All you need to bring is some jersey fabric of your choice and matching thread.
This workshop is not suitable for complete beginners.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 10.30am to 4.30pm.
  • £45 payable in advance to confirm your space.

Sunday 25th March – **NEW WORKSHOP** Cool Cushions
Cushions don’t have to be boring!  Cushion covers can be a great first project for beginner sewers and provide a blank canvas for more experienced sewers to explore new techniques.  At this workshop you’ll learn the basics of cushion making and we’ll move on to ways of making them a bit more interesting by adding piping, using recycled fabrics and customising with easy appliqué (I’ll provide you with some stencils to use) and pompoms.  Great for presents or to add a splash of Spring colour to your own place.
Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 11am to 4pm.
  • £40 payable in advance to confirm your space.

Sunday 15th April – **NEW WORKSHOP** Wedding & Party Bunting
I have to confess, I’m hesitant about bunting!!  It can look awful, it can look twee, but I plan to show you how to make sure yours is neither!  I want you to make cool bunting so, it’s all in the choice of fabrics, mix of colours, scale & shape of your bunting and how you finish it off and decorate it.  We’ll go through some bunting basics and then look at ways to customise it by adding lettering, embroidery, using ribbon/tape and recycled fabrics.  It doesn’t have to be for a wedding or party though, you might just want it covering your house….!
Suitable for beginners and those with a bit of sewing experience.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 11am to 4pm.
  • £40 payable in advance to confirm your space.

Sunday 29th April – Sewing Workshop
Want to come to a sewing class but can’t commit to a weekly session?
Come to this Sunday workshop and sew away to your heart’s content. Suitable for absolute beginners who want a kick start to their new sewing habit or more experienced sewers who want a bit more time to focus on a specific project.
Bring along a project you’re working on or would like to start and we’ll take it from there.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 11am to 4pm.
  • £40 payable in advance to confirm your space.

Sunday 10th June – Pattern Cutting Workshop
Not sure if pattern cutting is for you?  Try this one day intensive workshop, suitable for beginners and students who have previously drafted skirt or trouser patterns.
At this workshop beginners will draft a skirt block and pattern and make a skirt toile (sample).  Students who have done some pattern cutting before will draft a trouser block and make a trouser toile.  Students who have previously drafted a trouser block with me will draft a one-piece dress block.

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Class size limited to 4 people.
  • 11am to 4pm.
  • £40 payable in advance to confirm your space.

Sunday 24th June – Customising Workshop
Had a spring clean?
Found lots of old clothes that could do with a bit of a revamp?
Bring them along to this workshop where I’ll show you some quick and easy ways to re-invent your old clothes and/or charity shop finds. Also bring some fabrics to use as the decoration, buttons, wool, ribbons, lace, anything you can lay your hands on! Some additional materials will be provided.
Suitable for all levels of sewing ability.

  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 11am to 4pm.
  • £40 payable in advance to confirm your space.

All workshops take place at MIY Workshop, 33 North Road, BN1 1YB, in the North Laine area of central Brighton.

As always, if you need more info or would like to discuss in more detail, email me at thiswasmadeby[at]gmail.com or give me a ring on 01273 775951 or 689108.  Look forward to hearing from you.

Workshops for April & May

The ever-popular skirt-making workshop will be happening again on Sunday 17th April.  Bring some fabric and a zip, go home in a new skirt made by your own fair hands.

I’ll be doing my new customising workshop again on Sunday 22nd May, this time it will be at the lovely Purl knitting shop in 7 dials.  Start collecting those old damaged, marked clothes and charity shop finds that are awaiting a bit of TLC.

Full details including times, prices and how to book are in the Classes section, here.

Cushions, skirts & customising

Here’s some of the work produced by students at my recent classes………

Christina with a cushion cover, complete with zip and piping that she made herself…….

Misa ready for summer with her skirt from the skirt-making workshop…………

And Nicky with some favourite old clothes that she gave a new lease of life at the customising workshop.

I’m sure lots more creative projects await them all now that they’ve started!

See the classes section of my website for details of all classes and workshops and how to book.

March workshops (one of them is new!!)

Sunday 20th – Skirt-making Workshop

A focused day of learning to sew (or brushing up neglected skills) awaits you.   At this one day intensive workshop you will learn the basics of reading a pattern and using a sewing machine whilst making an a-line skirt.  Pattern provided, just bring some fabric and a zip.

  • Held at Just Sew in Brighton (33 North Road, in the North Laine).
  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 10.30am to 4.30pm.
  • £45 payable before the day.

Sunday 27th – Customising Workshop

Had a spring clean?  Found lots of old clothes that could do with a bit of a revamp?  Bring them along to this workshop where I’ll show you some quick and easy ways to re-invent your old clothes and/or charity shop finds.  Also bring some fabrics to use as the decoration, buttons, wool, ribbons, lace, anything you can lay your hands on!  Some additional materials will be provided.

  • Held at Just Sew in Brighton (33 North Road, in the North Laine).
  • Class size limited to 5 people.
  • 11am to 4pm.
  • £40 payable before the day.
  • Suitable for all levels of sewing ability.