Friday, March 30, 2012

Freezer Paper Stencils

I have been making many things lately and using Freezer Paper Stencils to create personalized gifts. When I post pictures most people are just floored and either think they could never do that or that it’s hard… Well, I am here to tell you it is one of the EASIEST things to do! I am not promising that it isn’t a little time consuming and well, you may get hurt, ha ha… But you too can start making many beautiful personalized gifts very easily!

The only supplies you need are:
  • Freezer paper - Which I like to roll out and cut into 8.5” x 11” sheets so I always have some handy to print
  • Exacto Knife (or scissors)
  • Mat to cut on (If using Exacto knife)
  • Fabric Paint
  • Foam Brush
Remember the Journal Covers I showed you how to make? Well now I will use those to show you how I stenciled on the church's logo!

So First, you need to find an image you want to stencil and print it onto the paper side of the freezer paper. The shiny side is what will be used to adhere it to your item. You can print or even draw out your design onto the paper!

Secondly You will need to cut out all the "black". For my logo that meant the black lettering. Please note you need to KEEP any white pieces you may have cut around! They are part of the stencil! When you are done you will have the outline and all the white pieces left as shown below.

Next you will use your iron to adhere the stencil to your item. It doesn't need to be heated very long! Just enough to make it stick completely to the fabric. I counted and a few seconds will usually do. I like to adhere the main outline first and then add in the center pieces. Note: if you need to make more than one these sheets will usually adhere 3 or 4 more times! (As long as you don't over iron them)

Now is when the fast and fun part will come in! You will need some paint and your foam brush.

And simple dab the paint. If you "brush" it too hard it may go past the freezer paper and create uneven lines. I have found you can dab it on and then lightly brush over the stencil to create smooth lines without ruining the image.

Once you have painted the item you just need to gently peel off the freezer paper. Don't let the item dry first or it could stick to the stencil... So paint, then peel!

So remember the white pieces you probably had to iron in the center or around the main stencil? Well I like to just use a small tweezer to lift those up and peel them off. So my fingers don't smudge or ruin the stenciled design.

So.... easy enough right? I think it sounds a lot more complicated then it is! It all goes so fast once you get going! I recommend trying something small to start with, like maybe your initial on a shirt or a little logo on a tote? As you feel more comfortable try bigger designs or adding multiple layers and colors! They make anything look personalized and adds just that extra touch of love to a project! And look what you have left?! Something wonderful!

So give it a try and you can always drop me a line if you need some help! I'd love to help you create a wonderful gift!

These are a taste of some totes I stenciled for our church's Women's Retreat!
There were 37!!!! in all! What a wonderful time we had... And the ladies were just so grateful for the handmade touch each bag had!

And this is a Rice Bag Warmer I made from a tutorial on the website. I just stenciled on my friend's name... Not only did it add a special touch, but the next day they featured it in their daily e-mail!

So take a chance! Give it a try! People WILL ALWAYS think it is harder than it was! Plus it shows someone you care just that much more!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Study Covers / Journal Covers

Happy First Day of Spring!!!

Boy, have I been busy lately! I have been meaning to put up this post about a Study cover I recently made for my Women’s Wednesday Evening Study Group for about a week now. I wanted to make something for each lady that was small yet functional.
In San Diego, the Crusin’ Quilters Shop Hop just came to a few weekends ago and I had purchased a yard of this fabric from Aretoy Quilts in Oceanside. (You can click on either and they will take you to the appropriate links!)

Supplies: (This would make two of what I made)
1 Fat Quarter of Print
1 Fat Quarter of Solid for inside of cover
Thread to match
Sewing machine or needle and thread

Note: All seam allowances are ¼”

First things first, you need to measure your book or journal or whatever it is that you would like to cover! I used the Bible Study book for our group and added an extra 2¼” to each side and just over a ½” total to the height to account for the seams and to create the flaps for the cover.
Now this is going to be very easy and even quick!

1. Place Right sides together using one piece of the outside fabric and one of the inside. Then leaving a 2” opening on one of the short ends stitch completely around leaving the opening on the short end for turning right side out.

2. Cut corners for easy rounding and turn cover inside out so that our cover with now be right sides out! I like to use a chopstick or a knitting needle to gently push those corners out. At this point iron the cover flat. Then using a very small allowance of 1/8" or less, stitch the opening closed. You could hand slip stitch is closed it you would prefer as well.

3. I used the book as a guide, so place your item to be covered centered on the inside fabric and fold over about 2" on each side. You can place a pin to mark the location. Then fold the fabric over to create the pockets/flaps for the book ends to go in and I like to iron them down.

4. Now at this point there is two ways you can stitch the flaps down. First you can use a very, very narrow seam allowance and straight stitch the flaps along the top and the bottom, or in this instance I hand stitched a slip stitch through the flaps to make them hidden and create a tighter fit. But please do what ever is most comfortable for you. I enjoyed being able to sit outside in the sun and stitch the ends closed instead of being tied to the machine any longer! It was just too beautiful of a day!

Voila! Now in as little as 20 minutes you have a completed cover!

For the gals I went ahead and created a simple freezer paper stencil of our Church’s logo and stenciled it on the bottom corner! You can be so very creative with these types of covers! You can add pockets or stencil designs, use embroidery, the options are endless and now you can go get a simple plain journal from anywhere and turn it into a beautiful gift!!! The endless possibilities!!! I LOVE projects like this! So versatile and yet so customizable…

Monday, March 19, 2012

Crafty Craziness!

Well I am so sorry it has been quite awhile since I posted... I have been so busy preparing and throwing a Baby Shower, crafting for Craftster swaps, and more recently preparing tote bag for my churches Women's Retreat that is coming up this weekend.

I have a few projects that I will be sharing shortly that include a quick freezer paper stencil demo and a lovely book cover or journal cover to make!

Also I had the honor of crafting recently for a dear mentor of mine through Craftster and have a wonderful pouch and scrappy pillow cover to show off!

Stay tuned....
Just a taste of the wonderful scrappy pillow cover I made!