Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Girly Gift Idea and Tutorial

This isn't just a girly gift idea.
It is actually a gift that you can use for any birthday, or holiday and for any age!

What you will need for this tutorial:
Freezer Paper
Onesie, tee or fabric
Acrylic or Fabric Paint 
Sponge paint brush
Cricut machine OR a pencil and exacto knife

If you are have access to a Cricut machine, you will get to skip a lot of the hard work.  If you don't have a Cricut machine you will start by tracing an image or design onto freezer paper.

What to do:
Step 1: Make sure that you trace the image with the wax side (shiny side) down.  If using a Cricut to cut out your image, just smooth out the freezer paper onto a cutting mat.

Make sure to cut the paper to fit the mat.

Step 2:  Cut out your image!  
I was planning a little gift for Sassy's little baby, so my image is her baby's name.  Make sure you have fun!  Cut out a picture, or a shape, it can be anything!

Cricut Users Hint:
I found that the images turned out better if I placed the paper wax side up, and then cut the image in reverse.

If  you cut your image with an X-acto knife, you can skip to step 4.

Step 3: Peel off your stencil!
You may need them to fill in the "holes" for letters and shapes.

Step 4: Trim it up
Trim off the sides of your stencil to make it fit the clothing or fabric you are stenciling.

See Below, the tiny piece with the arrow next to it.  This is a "filler piece".  Reminder, don't throw the filler pieces away, you may need them.

Step 5: Iron on your Stencil!
Carefully place your stencil onto the fabric and iron it on!
If you mess up, it is okay.  You can peel it off and replace it.
I set my iron to a "cotton" setting.
You only need seconds to get the stencil to adhere to the fabric.

Iron on the large stencil first, and then any filler pieces that you saved.  Can you spot my tiny filler piece?

Step 6: Get ready to paint!
Slide a piece of paper, cardstock, or cardboard behind the fabric you are stenciling.  This is to protect the back side of the clothing, or if painting a piece of fabric it will protect the surface you are painting on from paint seeping through the fabric.

Step 7: Paint your stencil!
Lightly blot paint brush until paint covers all open areas of your stencil.

Let dry 15-20 minutes.

Step 8: Peel it off!
Once dried, you can remove your stencil.  
It should easily peel off of your fabric.

You are done!  Or are you?

You know's not done until it is embellished.
Since Sassy's teeny tiny girl is named Harper Rose, I added a little rose. 

Now, go to!  Stencil your heart out.



OlyaY said...

wow, this is an awesome idea! Thanks! Have to try it sometime...

Made by Niki said...

I love it, I'm doing this with the baby carrier I'm making for my daughter, her name is Natalia Rose.