DIY Baby Onesies/Freezer Paper Stencil Tutorial

June 8, 2011 by
Filed under: Arts and Crafts, DIY, Handmade 

On Sunday I attended a baby shower for my friend Sarah Staggers.  Since I had so much fun making the onesie for my friend Christy’s baby shower, I decided to give it a go again.

DIY Baby Onesies

This was the first time I have every stenciled on anything and I am hooked.  The worst part is cutting out the stencil, but once your stencil is cut out, the rest is quite easy.

DIY Freezer Paper Stencil Tutorial

Supplies Needed:

  • Freezer Paper (Not wax paper)
  • Good Scissors/Craft Knife
  • Iron
  • Acrylic Paint or Fabric Paint
  • Stencil brush or sponge applicator

Either draw your own stencil or find a stencil template,  trace it onto the Matte (non-shiny) side of the freezer paper and cut out your stencil.  Place the stencil on the fabric with the shiny side down and press with your iron.  My iron was on a medium setting and I ironed it for about 30 seconds.  The freezer paper works wonderfully as a stencil and is easy to pull off once the paint is dry.  Since my design was simple, I drew it myself (as you can tell) but there are plenty of free stencils available online.

Place a piece of cardboard or a piece of freezer paper under the fabric before you paint to catch any paint that bleeds through the fabric.  I would suggest using a piece of freezer paper because the cardboard I used stuck to the underside of my fabric and it was kind of a mess.  Use the sponge applicator to gently paint the fabric.  Allow the paint to fully dry before you remove the stencil.  I let my fabric dry overnight.

Now the fun part!  Peel the freezer paper off your fabric to revel your nicely stenciled design.   Read the instructions on your paint.  You may need to iron over the paint to set it.  I didn’t do this step.

Since I was only stenciling the stems and leaves, I still had to sew on the fabric flowers.  I simply layered circles that I cut from a light cotton fabric  and stitched them on by hand.  My fabric was from a thrifted cotton button up shirt.

DIY Stenciled Baby Onesie

I was pretty happy with the final result and so was the mother to be!
by Selena Faye

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8 Comments on DIY Baby Onesies/Freezer Paper Stencil Tutorial

  1. kt
    on Thu, Jun 9th 2011 @ 10:25 am

    Fantastic idea! These look great!

    • Faye
      on Fri, Jun 10th 2011 @ 8:43 am

      Thanks! I was pretty proud of them.

  2. Jade Steckly
    on Sat, Jul 30th 2011 @ 12:31 am

    What a great idea! I have a bunch of onesies that I’ve been wondering what to do with…and here’s my answer! Thanks for the tutorial 🙂


    • Faye
      on Sat, Jul 30th 2011 @ 9:48 pm

      Thanks. They are a lot of fun to make too.

  3. Kate
    on Mon, Oct 29th 2012 @ 7:56 pm

    What kind of paint do you recommend? I want to do this for a friend but don’t want to use toxic paint that might flake off?

    • Faye
      on Tue, Oct 30th 2012 @ 1:23 pm

      I would use non-toxic fabric paint instead of acrylic paint for sure. I think the acrylic paint dried kind of hard and may be too rough for a baby’s skin. As far as which fabric paint, I’m not sure because I have only used the acrylic paint. Hope this helps!

  4. Suzanna
    on Wed, Oct 22nd 2014 @ 12:19 pm

    Would this have to be hand washed?
    Love this, I will have to try this

    • Faye
      on Thu, Oct 23rd 2014 @ 11:02 am

      Yes I would probably hand wash it just to be safe.

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