Today’s post is a quick tutorial for painting on clothing using freezer paper. This particular process is new to me but something I think I will use a lot in the future.
The other day I was attempting to organize my closet and get rid of some clothing items that I don’t wear anymore. Somehow, over the years, I’d collected one too many gray tank tops. Needless to say, at least one of those tops landed in the donation pile. Of course, my obsession with crafting, recycling, and reusing got the best of me and it didn’t stay in the donation pile for long.
I decided to turn my extra tank top into a blog post and a much more interesting clothing item. After all, how much room does one tank top really take up in the closet?
My general wardrobe is pretty boring. I don’t have any cool shirts with funny sayings or trendy prints. I tend to lean towards neutral and solid colors. But just because I don’t own anything trendy or fun doesn’t mean I don’t admire those who do. My problem is that I can never find the cute stuff I see on Pinterest in stores. And by the time I do, it’s pretty much out of style. Of course, that could be because I like to shop at places like Marshall’s and T.J. Maxx that only get the good stuff after everyone else is done with it. But whatever, I like what I like.
I started doing some research and came up with a way that I could start my own trends. Fabric paint! Yup, that’s right. If you can’t find it, or don’t want to pay for it… make it. Freezer paper is just a way of making the fabric painting process easier. Check it out.
Step 1: Gather your materials
Step 2: Choose your pattern. I chose the shape of North Carolina with a star for the city of “Raleigh”, where I live, that I drew on.
Step 3: Pull out a sheet of freezer paper and cut down to a size that your pattern will fit on.
Step 4: Draw or trace your pattern onto the freezer paper. The waxy side will face down on the fabric so draw on the papery side. You will be able to feel the difference.
Step 5: Use the X-ACTO knife to cut out your pattern. Be as accurate as possible.
Step 6: Line up your pattern on your clothing item. Since I wanted the shape of NC to be filled in, I used the outside of the outline and a small star.
Step 7: Iron your pattern onto the shirt. Make sure the waxy side is face down and the pattern is exactly where you want it. Once it is placed, you will not be able to fix it without drawing out a new pattern.
Step 8: Once your pattern is ironed on, start painting inside the lines. Your pattern is acting as a stencil that is temporarily stuck to your shirt so you can’t go out of the lines.
Step 9: Once you’ve painted all your parts, allow the paint to dry for a little while. If you want the object to be opaque, layer the paint several more times. I preferred the more transparent look that I got after one layer.
Step 10: Peel the freezer paper parts off the shirt and wear!
The shape of North Carolina with a star was just an idea that popped into my head. I thought it would be a cute thing to wear around town this summer for all the outdoor events. Once I realized how easy it was to do this project, I went on Pinterest and picked out a few other ideas that I might like to try. Maybe they will give you some inspiration as well.
For the nerds in your life
(I actually want to make all three of these for myself):
For the friends having babies
(why spend a fortune on something that will be worn once?):
And for the trendy who don’t want to shell out the big bucks: