Friday, April 11, 2014

Freezer Paper Stenciled Canvas Bags

We're back from Australia!  Chuck had a ton of fun playing with his cousin.  I'll try to upload some photos next week once we get readjusted to East Coast time.  (Eeek.)  In the meantime, here's a quick post showing how I made these freezer paper stenciled canvas bags.  A couple of weekends ago, I hung out with some old college friends.  Wanting to give them something handmade, I whipped up these colorful bags. 

Freezer Paper Stenciled Tomato, Pear, and Flower Canvas Bags

freezer paper stenciled tomato, pear, and flower canvas bags
Like the designs?  I think they're happy and bright, but I can't take credit for them. I modeled the images from ones that I saw via Pinterest

Materials Needed to Make Freezer Paper Stenciled Bags

  • canvas bags
  • craft paint
  • fabric medium
  • paper
  • pencil
  • scrap cardboard
  • scissors
  • freezer paper
  • iron
  • dish cloth 
  • sponge brush

Steps to create Freezer Paper Stenciled Bags

draw your designs for your freezer paper stencils

1.  Draw a sketch on a piece of paper.  Imagine which parts will be cut out when you make your stencil.

trace your design onto freezer paper

2. Place a piece of freezer paper on top of your image.  Trace the image onto the non-waxy side of the freezer paper. Cut out portions of the stencil.

3.  Iron your canvas bag.  (I stink at ironing, so this was the hardest part.  But it's important to have relatively wrinkle-free fabric so that the stencil will properly adhere.)

4.  Place your freezer paper stencil waxy side down onto your canvas bag.  Place the iron over the stencil to adhere it to the bag.

iron your freezer paper on and then paint over your design

5.  Place a piece of cardboard between the front and back of your bag so that the paint won't go through.

6.  Make your fabric paint by mixing craft paint with your fabric medium.  (Directions found on the fabric medium bottle.)

7.  Dip sponge brush into paint and wipe the excess off.  Dab paint onto your bag. 

8.  Once your paint dries, pull off your freezer paper stencil.  The lines should be nice and clean, but if they're not, just use a paintbrush and paint over the lines.

freezer paper stenciled flower canvas bag

freezer paper stenciled pear canvas bag design

freezer paper stenciled tomato design canvas bag

freezer paper stenciled canvas bags

Happy crafting!

freezer paper stenciled pear, tomato, and flower design bags

Interested in other freezer paper stenciled designs?