I have seen many tutorials online for how to make freezer paper stencils. They are fun and easy to do. I made some really cute shirts for my kids using freezer paper stencils, and I have done a little experimenting with different uses for freezer paper. Here are a few that I have found:
- Use a craft cutter (such as a Cricut or Silhouette) to cut out freezer paper stencils. I used my Pazzles Inspiration cutter to make stencils and it worked perfectly. I saved time because I wasn’t trying to cut the pattern out by hand, and it turned out perfect, with no mistakes, I’m sure I would have made plenty of mistakes trying to do it by hand.
- Use freezer paper to hold fabric in place when cutting it with a craft cutter. A lot of craft cutters recommend that you attach your fabric to an iron on webbing or interfacing. If you don’t want to use interfacing, or iron on adhesive, use freezer paper. Lay the fabric on the ironing board and put a piece of freezer paper on top of it, shiny side down. It works best if the freezer paper is just slightly larger than the fabric. Then you use a warm iron and press over the freezer paper until the wax is melted into the fabric and the two pieces are stuck together. Once you are done cutting it out, the paper comes right off. You can also sandwich fabric between two pieces of freezer paper for thicker fabrics.
- Run it through the printer to make templates that stay put. I was cutting shapes out of some felt one day, and my template that I was using was driving me crazy because it wouldn’t stay put. I cut some freezer paper down to 8.5×11 inches, and ran it through my printer, printing on the non-waxy side. Then I just ironed my template right to the fabric and it stayed put until I was done cutting everything out. It worked perfectly.
- You can use the same stencil or template more than once. They are usually good for 2-3 uses, so if you are making multiples it is not necessary to make a new template or stencil every time.