Holly Jolly Tutorial

I finally did IT! I made a stencil with freezer paper. I had seen this on blogland and wanted to try it. My excuse...Hubby was out of town and I wanted to do a fast, fun and easy project.
Here are the steps to making a stencil.

ONE: Find a graphic that you like. You will have to cut out all the design, so choose carefully.
I chose this from Google Images by doing a search for Christmas letter art.
TWO: Cut a sheet of freezer paper to fit in your printer. Mine was 8 1/2 x 11. Print on the dull side since the shinny side will be ironed to your fabric. After printing out your artwork. Place on a cutting mat and using an xacto kinfe, cut out all the design. This takes a little while and a bit of patience.
THREE: Iron shinny side down onto material. Don't use steam and this will only take a few seconds. Make sure that if you have any O's like I did to keep your centers of the O's and iron them in place too.
Oops, almost forgot to put in the center of the O's!
FOUR: Mix Textile Medium and Acrylic paint of your choice to make the paint a fabric paint. Textile medium can be purchased right next to the acrylic paints at your local Walmart or craft store. Then using a stencil brush, pounce your paint into the cutout areas just like any stenciling calls for. Make sure that you use plastic under your stenciling in case your paint bleeds through to the back.

FIVE: After the paint is dry, simply peel off the freezer paper. It should come off really easily.
SIX: Make whatever you want out of this stenciling project. For me, I made a cute Christmas pillow. Sorry, I won't be showing you a tutorial of how I made my pillow, but here it is.

I added some black and white check piping since I think it goes with anything! And cute red buttons on the corners. Brush fringe on the outside with scrap fabric that I had on hand.
The back fabric is scrap as well. It's a soft fuzzy polka dot.
That's it folks. Just thought you would like to know how easy it is to use freezer paper as a stencil on material. The ideas are endless. So, Imagine a monogram on fabric then framed. Or a draw-string bag with a sweet design. If you don't sew there is always ready made pillows that this would work on! And how about a fabric covered bulletin board with a design using this technique? Come on, Christmas is coming and these would make great personalized gifts!!!

NOTE: You should be able to click on most of the pictures to enlarge to see further details.
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  1. I love this pillow!! This season I am bending towards bright and happy/jolly as opposed to flowery and formal (as I have been in the past.)

    This pillow fits the bill. Thanks!
    Mary @ SeaQuilts

  2. Love the pillow! Thanks for the tutorial!

  3. Teri, this is so cute. Is there anything you can't do. Adorable pillow.

  4. Great tutorial! Thanks so much for sharing.

  5. What an adorable pillow! I love your mix of fabrics. I have GOT to give this technique a try.

  6. Love this! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Saw this on Southern Lovely, great tutorial and idea!

  8. I love it! I have wanted to try this forever. I need to get up the courage! You did a fabulous job:) I am a new follower!!

  9. This is the cutest Christmas pillow ever. I love it. I would love it if you could link this up to our linky party going on right now.


  10. Darling!! I have yet to try this, even though I went out and bought a huge roll of it because I wanted to do this. LOL! I have been making pillows though if that counts for anything. tee hee!

  11. Terry, this is beautiful...from front to back! I love all of the details you've added...very festive! I have a party going on now, where I would love you share this tutorial! I am also a new follower!

  12. So cute! I love the piping you added :)

  13. Thanks for the tutorial, Terry. I absolutely love all the wonderful details in your beautiful pillow!

  14. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY GORGEOUS!!!!! I've seen this technique a lot too but haven't tried it yet, but really want to now!!!! Just beautiful.

  15. I love this! I would love for you to share this at my Fabulous Friday link party:


  16. thanks for showing how easy it is to use freezer paper! something i've been meaning to try as well. :) stopping by from TT&J's party.

  17. Your pillow is beautiful! Love it!

  18. This is a beauty-do you use freezer paper from the grocery store or is it a specialty paper?

  19. I love this! Thanks for the great tutorial!! Very cute!

  20. GREAT tutorial and beautiful pillow! Thanks for sharing this today! :)

    xoxo laurie

  21. What a good tutorial! So easy to follow along. I would love to try stenciling sometime. It looks great! Thanks for sharing this @ Show & Share. I am so happy to have you!

  22. Thanks for the tutorial ... the pillow is fabulous!

  23. gotta tr this, <3 it! your newest follower

  24. Thank you for sharing with Blog Stalking Thursday. You have been featured because your post was one of the most visited links last week! I can't wait to see what you have come up for this week.


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