My good friend and crafting buddy is having a baby in January and her birthday was a few days ago. I'd seen other people make freezer paper stencils and I really wanted to give it a try. She's really into knitting (actually, she's crazy about knitting. she can crank out a sweater in two weeks!), so I thought I would stencil a shirt for her. Inspiration struck and this is what came of it...
You can see the stencil I used and the edge of the birds stencil I used on the onesies
"W.I.P" stands for "Work in progress" and in my experience is a common abbreviation in knitting. I almost
made a onesie that had "W.I.P" crossed out and "F.O." underneath. "F.O." stands for "Finished object"
I made the entire stencil myself in Photoshop and I am sooo impressed with how it turned out. My boyfriend thought I should put the stencil on the belly area, but I figured the last thing a pregnant girl wants to do is call more attention to her belly! When he told her his idea, she was really confused. Apparently it hadn't even crossed her mind that this was something handmade. What a compliment!
I really like watching instructional youtube videos, it really helps me to see someone actually do what I am about to do. These youtube videos really helped me in the stencil-making and stenciling process:
How to turn a picture into a stencil with Photoshop:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JPojYDYhMsEhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hL2rLofWtz0
Stenciling with freezer paper:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQLtbZh2u-w
Since the shirt came out so well I decided I'd stencil some onesies too
This was a two-part stencil (which I downloaded from this site
), which I thought would be easy but ended up being a little tricky. I did the dark blue first, then after it dried a little I ironed the second stencil on top. Some dark blue paint ended up getting on my iron and then on the collar of one of the onesies (I got most of it out...). When I peeled the second stencil off I saw that some of the light blue had bled under the stencil. I went around the edges with a toothpick dipped in dark blue paint and I think I was able to clean it up well enough. Overall I'm really happy with how they came out and my friends and I have been thinking about what to stencil next.....
If anyone has any advice about how to do two-part stencils I'd really like to know!