Sunday, December 21, 2008

Reusable garment stencils!

So the freezer paper has been fun and all, but what happens when you don't want to re-cut your stencil every few sprays/iron on appliqués?  Or what happens when you want to use a previously cut stencil?  Well we came across this amazingly helpful hint for sticking your stencil to your fabric while trying to figure out a way to silkscreen a huge stencil without a big enough screen frame.  The best part is how easiest it is!

So there is not really a process to this just a few things to gather--acetate paper/mylar (or really any type of thin flexible fabric/plastic whatever your comfortable cutting into), a blank garment, spray paint and the secret ingredient, quilt basting spray!!  Quilt basting spray can be found at any fabric store and is relatively inexpensive.  There is no name brand to look for.  I usually just go for the cheapest in the store.  The spray is temporary, either washing away in water or, as the bottles says, "the adhesive properties will diminish or be completely removed after several weeks".

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="160" caption="the spray we currently use..."]the spray we currently use...[/caption]

Just use the mylar to create the stencil, adhere  and let the paint spray!!

Helpful hints: First and foremost a little bit goes a long way with this stuff.  If you use too much and you don't wash it off the fabric before putting it through a sewing machine it might muck up the needle.  Finally, if you let the stencil sit for a moment to let the adhesive get tacky it will stick all the better.
here is the life size stencil that inspired this trick...

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