I’ve been wanting to try freezer-paper stencils for ages. Seriously. AGES. This project was a great one for me to cut my teeth on, because the shapes I stenciled are simple and nothing is too crazy or detailed. And look how cute it turns out! I used How About Orange‘s how-to as a guideline; it’s simple, easy to follow, and her projects are awesome.
Here’s what I used:
- A cotton tote bag (pre-washed)
- Fabric paints: mine are Tulip Soft Matte fabric paints, but you can use other fabric paints, or acrylic craft paint mixed with a fabric medium
- Foam stencil brushes (or sponge brushes)
- Freezer paper
- A craft knife
- A ruler
- A pencil
Here’s what I did:
- On your freezer paper, use a ruler to draw out the book shapes. I also added a letter S to personalize the bag; I typed it up on the computer, printed it out, and traced it on. (I really wanted cutely shaped letters for this, but seriously, a simpler font would have been much… simpler.)
- Cut out the book shapes (and letters, if you’re personalizing) and throw them away (you want the outlines), then press the freezer paper on to your bag with an iron, shiny-side down. Iron another sheet of freezer paper to the back so nothing bleeds through the bag.
- Using your sponge brush, apply the paint to the stencil. Let it dry, then peel away the freezer paper. Follow any directions on your fabric paint to set the paint, then you’re done! Now you have the World’s Cutest Book-Hauling Bag. (Well, maybe not THE cutest… but you MADE this one!)