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Fabric Painting with Freezer Paper Stencils

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I stubled accross this spray bottle set of fabric paint the other day while browsing the clearance section at my local Wal-mart.  I grabbed it, because I have been wanting to try some fabric painting using freezer paper stencils.  I thought the spray paint would be fun for the kids…

If you haven’t tried using freezer paper for stenciling yet, you should.  It is very easy!  This is what it looks like:

I found it next to the foil at walmart.  The paper has a slick, shiny side, that when ironed to fabric, it adheres just enough and creates a perfect seal for painting.  Then it peels right off when you are done.

For this project, I figured I would make a night gown for my daughrter out of some white muslin from my stash and a T-shirt  for my son.  We already have a couple of plain t-shirts I picked up last year (for projects I never got to…)

I searched google images to find the right shapes that would be easy to cut out for the night gown and I came across a skull and crossbones stencil on one of the blogs I like to read.  Here are the links if you would like to use these shapes in your own project:

skull and cross bones


various sized hearts

more boy stenciling ideas

I printed out the stencils and placed them under a piece of freezer paper.  Then, using my exacto knife, I cut them out…

Next, I went ahead and cut out the night gown pattern using New Look 6478.  (This is my go-to pattern for night gowns, it is so simple and quick to put together.)

Then, I ironed all of the cut out stencils where I wanted them on to the fabric and we got to painting…

 Here are the finished projects.  They were both very excited to wear their creations…

My daughter insists it is NOT a nightgown…  If you are inspired to create something based on this tutorial, I would love to see it!  I have created a new Flickr Group for you to share your creations.  Here is the link: Creations inspired by Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom.  (Please share, you might get featured!)

I will be linking at some of these fabulous linky parties…

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  1. How has the fabric spray paint held up to washing?

    1. the paint held up great!

  2. Becky Ost says:

    Thank you for such an awesome tutorial. I'm going to try this using Nuno felting! I'll let you know what I come up with….super excited! Thank you ?

  3. Love the springy colors! You are very creative!

    New follower. 🙂

  4. Lisa (Berksgirl) says:

    Hi there!
    Thank you so much for stopping by my blog to follow. I'm a new follower of your blog as well and look forward to reading.

  5. spearmint baby says:

    this is a darling idea!

    BTW, i'm a new follower! be sure to link up on our Alexa hop this week

  6. The paint seems to be holding up very well. After the paint dried, it was very stiff and the directions said to wait 72 hours before washing. Once we washed it, the fabric felt normal…

  7. Too Cute! How does the tulip spray paint hold up? Does it make the fabric stiff?