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Topic: I think I found a good freezer paper alternative  (Read 3938 times)
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« on: October 13, 2011 08:51:09 AM »

I have been searching for one around the web for an alternative since I can't find any freezer paper where I live, and I haven't found this one mentioned yet, so I thought I'd share.

I want to make a maternity skeleton & baby t-shirt for halloween. I only have one shirt and one shot at it. I read about making my own freezer paper, and also about using the paper wrapper that is around some bundles of photocopy paper, but A) I'm too lazy to make my own, and B) I'd need to buy a few packs of paper for a full skeleton outfit, and at almost 9$ a package +tx, I'm also too cheap to go out and buy.

So today I was going through all my crafty crap thinking I must have something that has a shiney side that can be ironed on to fabric that I could use...and then I came across my address label sheets. I had already printed off a few labels and noticed that underneath it was shiney so that the labels wouldn't stick to it. So I grabbed my sheet and tore off a piece of the paper, grabbed the iron, an old towel, some paint and did a little test....

Excuse the extremely crappy stencil, but I was so excited to try it, that I just folded the paper and cut out some shapes with my scissors. I had to iron it down for over 30 seconds, it's probably not as sticky as freezer paper, it was pretty easy to remove, and I could see it loosening if you aren't very careful ( I plan to put a nice stiff piece of cardboard under/in my shirt to keep it taut and flat) but as you can see, it worked!

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« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2012 08:16:37 AM »

I use dollar store shelf paper.  The sticky back seals way better than freezer paper for zero bleed.  The down side is, you can only use your stencil once, it pretty much gets destroyed when you remove it from the shirt.

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« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2013 08:49:03 AM »

Oh! Shelf paper! What a good idea!

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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2013 09:50:57 AM »

Great idea.  I've also covered paper in scotch tape to make my own stencils.

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