Freezer-Paper Stenciling

I’ve been doing some freezer-paper stenciling. Have you? If you haven’t given it a go yet, you should!

I’ve been focusing on “boy” designs since, let’s face it, there really isn’t much to do for boys except dress them in clothes that they love. Which is kind of a welcome change from dressing my girls in clothes that I love.

I made these shirts on my vacation; my mother-in-law and I had so much fun with them! The process is unbelievably simple. If you’d like to try it, check out the Freezer-Paper Stenciling Tutorial over at Made.

The first shirt was for my 2-year-old, who, as you all know, is completely, utterly, wholeheartedly obsessed with Monster trucks.

The second shirt was made from a picture of a ’72 Ford pickup, the vehicle my husband drove as a youngster. I was hoping to save this shirt for a little longer so it’d still be nice for school, but I caught my son in the coat closet one day with his head and one arm inside and a guilty look on his face. I supposed then that if he wanted to wear it bad enough to smuggle it into the coat closet, he could go ahead and wear it.

This final shirt was made especially for my four-year-old. Can you tell what it is? Here’s a close-up . . .

I love this shirt. Not only because my son adores it, but also because it reminds me that sewing/stenciling/crafting doesn’t have to be about embroidered fawns and shirring, and that blogging doesn’t have to be about pictures of homemade cookies and curly-haired blond children in vintage-y clothes and on retro furniture. Sometimes it’s about making something that someone else is going to absolutely love, something that’s just a little bit playful and tongue-in-cheek, and then sharing it with everyone else. Speaking of sharing, does anyone in the Texas Panhandle have a working scanner? I’d love to scan in the stencils so that they’re available to anyone who wants them, but alas, unless I break down and head to Fedex (remember when they were Kinko’s?), I’m stuck without a way to get the finished designs into the computer.

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6 Responses to “Freezer-Paper Stenciling”


  1. 1 Moi August 13, 2010 at 4:34 am

    They are fantastic. I have three boys and enjoy being able to dress them in quirky clothes. They love it too

  2. 2 Miri August 21, 2010 at 9:44 am

    Adorable! You’re so right…freezer paper stencils are such an easy way to customize anything! (I used to teach junior high school kids to make and use their own fps.)

    I’ve given you a Versatile Bloggers Award…I’m not sure you’re into things like that but I thought it a good opportunity to introduce your blog to my readers.

    Miri
    http://milkandhoneyquilts.blogspot.com/2010/08/punch-needle-project-and-award.html

  3. 3 Sherry January 4, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Um – I really NEED that vintage truck stencil. Really, really as my son wants a truck party next week and these would be perfect. Is there any way you could email me the stencil? Or did you purchase it? Regardless – it’s a great shirt and one that your son looks very proud of.
    Cheers,
    Sherry

  4. 4 everydaychaos January 4, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    Thank you all! Sherry,check your email; I sent a jpeg of the stencil to you.

  5. 5 Karen August 15, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Where do you find the stencils you use (specifically the monster truck one)? I am having a hard time find images that would be easy to trace. Love you blog and all the info it is great!!

    Karen

  6. 6 Melissa April 16, 2012 at 9:08 am

    I really love the Monster truck shirt, do you have the jpeg for that truck. My son’s birthday party is this weekend and I would love to make him a shirt. Would it be possible to email it to me? Love your blog


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