As immersed as I am in the knitting world (ha ha), I had never (gasp) heard of freezer paper stencils until I read about them on Grumperina's cool knitting blog. Aren't they the COOLEST thing? So I did some googling and found more here and here and here. And I still have a big roll of freezer paper from making a fabric marker quilt, so I thought I'd give it a try.
First I found a decent clipart picture. Then I cut a piece of freezer paper to fit into my printer. I printed the image on the non-shiny side of the freezer paper. I carefully (using an exacto-type knife on clearance at Target) cut out parts of the pattern to make a stencil.
Here's what the back looks like:
I ironed it onto an old, solid-colored tshirt I had (and ironed extra freezer paper on the inside so that it held the fabric stiff):
I surrounded the iron-on with old rags so there was no overspray:
Using spray-on fabric paint from Michaels, I covered the stenciled area:
I let it dry most of the way and then peeled off the stencil and let it dry the rest of the way. This morning I have:
Cool, huh? I don't like the little fuzzy strings hanging off, but those are because it's a 2-year-old tshirt. I also was under-whelmed by the spray-on fabric paint and I'll use a sponge and "regular" paint in the future.