Monday, July 2, 2012

Carcassonne Meeple Onesie - Freezer Paper Stencil

If you're a Carcassonne fan, you'll appreciate this cute little meeple onesie I just made. If you don't know what Carcassonne is, it's a great board game that's really popular even among non-board gamers. I decided to make this onesie for when we go to GenCon this summer (GenCon is a board game convention in Indianapolis).

 You can use this same method to make any design you want, so even if you're not into games, this is still a good tutorial. I learned how to do this from I am Momma Hear Me Roar, and it is super easy!

Onesie or other piece of clothing or fabric
Freezer paper (found in the aisle with tinfoil)
Fabric paint (I used Tulip matte)
Xacto knife

Step 1: Find the image that you want online. I just searched google images, put them in a word document and printed them from there. Cut out a piece of freezer paper that is somewhat larger than your image and trace the image with the shiny side of the freezer paper down.
 Step 2: Use an Xacto knife to cut out your image and make your stencil. Be careful not to cut more than you have to because you don't want the paint to bleed through any unnecessary cuts.
 Step 3: On an ironing board, lay out your onesie (or other clothing/fabric) and with your iron on a medium to high heat, bond the freezer paper to the fabric. Make sure that all the little edges are secure. This will only take a minute or two.
 Step 4: Place some thick paper in between the layers of fabric to prevent the paint from bleeding through. I just used an old greeting card.
 Step 5: Paint away! Make sure you paint inward from the stencil to the fabric and not from the fabric to the stencil. This will ensure that you don't shift the stencil on accident and break the seal. Do as many layers as you need to. I did two coats of each. Let the paint dry and then peel the stencil off.
 Step 6: Now you need to heat set the paint. This just means to take a scrap of fabric and place it over your painted image and then iron it. You don't need to iron for very long, about 30-60 seconds depending on the size of your painted area. You're good to go, and don't worry, it's machine washable!

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