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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:

freezer paper printing

  • 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.





The First Fabric Printing Workshop

I was quite hesitant about running a fabric printing class at MIY Workshop.  As it’s a space predominantly for sewing and I like to keep it spick and span, the thought of a group of students all using paint made me feel a bit twitchy!!

But what a fab day it was.  Here’s my group, heads down concentrating on their first piece:


We had a good mixture of designs made using my templates and ideas for designs that students brought along with them to the workshop.

concentration2Here’s Lucy doing some concentrated cutting of her freezer paper stencil.

concentration1Nicky turning her head inside out and back to front trying to work out how to turn her own design into a stencil!

concentration3And Debbie being “arty”!

After much concentration, cutting and painting we had a few garments and fabric lengths laid out to dry.


And here are some of the fabulous end results that were dry before the end of the workshop……

endresultsTwo foxy faces using one of my templates by Lucy and Debbie and a cute heart design created by Nicky.

endresults2Another foxy face for a small person and a really cute bear design by Sandra – she made the bear print from a drawing by her daughter.  I think said daughter will be very happy when Sandra turns this into a top for her!

endresults3And not long after the workshop Debbie emailed me this picture of her “arty” sheep!  A design based on fabric that she’s made pj trousers from.  So now she has a co-ordinating set.

Here’s what my students thought of the day:

“The stencilling workshop really gets the creative juices going and it is very satisfying to be able to completely transform a garment in such a short time.  Really enjoyable – would definitely recommend.”  Lucy

“Really inspiring and helpful to learn new techniques.  Great studio space to work in and nice to meet like-minded people and be creative together.  Love this super simple printing technique that anyone can do, definitely recommend to anybody!”  Nicky

“Well, what can I say, I’ve been called arty 3 times!  A fab day, great fun, created amazing t-shirts with different designs and had a really good laugh with the other people.  Let’s do it again soon!”  Debbie

If you feel inspired to have a go at a bit of fabric printing like this, I will be running this workshop again later in the year.  To get priority booking on all my classes before they’re advertised, sign up for my newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/EVEYn