Sunday, April 6, 2008

whoa...freezer paper, where ya been all my life?

I feel like such an idiot to have overlooked such a valuable crafting tool all these years. If you buy an ordinary roll of freezer paper, you can all of a sudden use your color printer to print on fabric! And other cool stuff. This stuff is genius! Freezer paper has just enough plastic coating on the shiny side to stick to fabric when you iron it down. But (and this is the genius part) it doesn't make any marks on the fabric and it peels off as easy as pie! And the other side is non-shiny. 

So now you can use your printer to print a design on the non-shiny side of freezer paper (like the letters for my totes, noted in torturous pre-freezer paper era in a previous post), iron that down on fabric, then cut out around the freezer paper, then peel it off. So simple! No trying to trace stuff on fabric. 

Trace a clothing pattern on to freezer paper and iron it down on the fabric to cut it out. No more pinning.

Iron an 8.5 x 11 inch piece of freezer paper on fabric of the same size, then run the fabric like paper through your color printer! Then the freezer paper just peels right off. 

I'm just reeling with the possibilities over here. I might be the last person on the planet to know about freezer paper properties. I just ran into Angry Chicken's freezer paper stencil tutorial, so apparently this is another huge thing to do with freezer paper and I totally missed the buzz.