“Keep Calm” Onesie with Freezer Paper Stenciling & Silhouette Winner

G’day, mates!  It’s a brand new month for The Silhouette Challenge, so I have a brand new medium I’ve ventured into (cough…freezer paper stenciling…cough), but first, we have a brand new winner of a Silhouette Cameo to announce!

Silhouette Cameo Giveaway at The Thinking Closet! August 6th - 11th. Earn up to 11 entries on your first day!

Now, I just have to say how very much I enjoyed reading the comments you all shared about how you would use a Silhouette Cameo for labeling and organizing.  Y’all are some label-lovin’ fanatics!  Some of your responses were so enthusiastic, I couldn’t help but chuckle as I coughed on my iced coffee:

“I’d label the dog I’d be so excited to win this!” -Jenny

“To paraphrase an old Libby’s commercial, ‘If it has labels, labels, labels, don’t just put it on the table’…put it away.”  -Kelly

“I need to organize, organize, organize! And then probably organize some more.”   -Rachel

“Fingers and toes and my dogs toes crossed!!” -LeAnn

“I could use some labels on ME!!” -Karen

There was such a huge response to this giveaway, the entry count nearly doubled any giveaway I’ve ever had before.  Wow!  So, thanks to everyone who participated and shared the word.

Okay, now, someone is about to get their smile on in a huge way.  The winner of a new Silhouette Cameo machine as chosen by Rafflecopter and powered by random.org is…

Congrats, Sandra!

You go, girl!  I know your food pantry is in store for a major label makeover once you get your hands on your new Cameo.  {Fine print: I have emailed you for your shipping information; please respond within 48 hours or I will have to choose another winner.}

“Keep” Calm Inspiration

Well, my onesie kick continues, this time, with an awesome design created by one of my Silhouette buddies, Tara from Suburble!  It’s a play on the “KEEP CALM” memes.  You’ve probably seen them all over because they’re so hot right now.  Here is the original, which I learned was a poster designed by the British government in 1939 to boost morale just prior to World War II.  Who knew?  (Wikipedia knew.)

Well, Tara and her witty English teacher self came up with this little number as a gift for her baby-making friends.  Isn’t it darling?

Keep Calm & Carry Me Onesie by Tara from Suburble

Click HERE to pin it and see Tara’s original post.

I ended up sharing her onesie on my Thinking Closet Facebook page, which prompted a conversation with my dear friend Gina from Colorado.  She said how much she’d loved one for her one-year-old, Logan.  Everyone, meet Gina and Logan:

Gina & Logan

Photo by Amanda Kopp from amandakopp.com

I mean, it’s hard to imagine this child getting any cuter, but the thought of him rocking a “KEEP CALM” onesie pushed me over the edge.  A onesie needed making!

Thankfully, Tara makes it really easy for us because she shares a free cut file of the text portion of the design in her post.  So, go grab it now if you’re as excited about this onesie as I am.  The crown is a purchase from the Silhouette store for $0.99!

Tara used heat transfer vinyl for her onesie, which I’ve had great success with, but as part of my year of The Silhouette Challenge (at least 12 unique projects in 12 months), I wanted to try a new medium: freezer paper stenciling using fabric paint!

Ever since seeing the barrage of freezer paper stencil projects that Ashley has tackled on Make It & Love It, I’ve been wanting to give it the college try.  I even bought a roll of freezer paper months ago, and it has been staring me in the face every time I grab something out of the cabinet beneath the kitchen sink.  It taunts me, as if to say, “So, is this what you do with all of your craft supplies?  Buy them and shove them in a dark corner for six months?”

Well, I shut him up at last!  And can I just say, now that I’ve tried it…I’m in love with freezer paper stenciling!

Freezer Paper: who knew that it's great for doing fabric paint stencils?!

A Scientific Experiment

Okay, so because I’m a curious bird and like to experiment, I decided to try a vinyl stencil first just to see how the two methods compared.  Truth be told, I thought the paint would leak under a stencil cut from freezer paper faster than it would under vinyl.  And lo and behold, the opposite was true!  Here’s a comparison shot, so you can see the difference between the two methods:

Freezer Paper Stencil versus Vinyl Stencil - - An Experiment by The Thinking Closet

The freezer paper method is far superior!

Here’s why I think the vinyl stencil was less successful: I pressed that vinyl on the onesie really well to try to avoid bleeding. Unfortunately, that caused a problem in the end because anyone who has worked with onesies before knows how thin and stretchable they are.  So, when I peeled the vinyl from the onesie after the fabric paint had dried, it tugged and contorted the fabric, so now the “KEEP” looks like it’s written in italics.

Also, the red fabric paint I used the first time was in a spray bottle, but it went on THICK.  Too thick.  I think that may have contributed to the bleeding underneath.  Perhaps with thinner paint and a thicker shirt, a vinyl stencil would have been fine.  (Any testimonials in the house?)

That said, the freezer paper stencil method really worked like a dream for this project.  Here’s the run-down:

Freezer Paper Stenciling Tutorial

Step 1.  Cut your design.  After downloading Tara’s free cut file and buying the crown shape in the Silhouette shop, I spaced them as I wanted, added a rectangle around the whole design (for the outline of my stencil), then grouped my shapes all together.

Now, there was some trial and error for me when it came to cutting.  I had two failed attempts before I landed on the settings that worked best for the design and my dulling blade.  (It’s still the same blade I’ve had since late December, and it’s just now starting to tucker out a bit.  Not too shabby for 7 months of many projects in many mediums.)

I used a blade of 3, speed of 3, thickness of 10.  Now, from what I read online about freezer paper blade settings, a blade of 1 or 2 should suffice, and some people recommended the shiny side down, but a higher blade setting and shiny side up worked best for me.

Since the shiny side has some adhesive on it that is going to be ironed onto your garment, I had to flip my design horizontally, so it cut backwards.  If you end up cutting shiny side down, leave your design as is.  Still tracking with me?

Prepping the design in Silhouette Studio

Step 2.  Weed your design.  So, freezer paper stenciling is not practical if you have cuts with a lot of intricate detail and weeding.  You can’t really use transfer paper because the freezer paper would not easily unstick from the transfer paper and stick to your garment.  So…that meant that I had to individually lay the interior pieces for letters like P and A, as well as the interior pieces of the crown.  This was the most tedious part.


Step 3.  Iron down your freezer paper.  Once you have your freezer paper stencil placed where you want it, apply heat from a dry iron on the settings for that garment.  Really make sure to press down all of the edges, especially intricate ones within letters.  You want to make sure to create a strong seal between the freezer paper and the garment.

Freezer paper after it has been ironed down.

Step 4.  Painting party!  Luckily, I had a really pretty blue Speedball fabric screen printing ink on hand from when some of my college friends and I made t-shirts (back then, it was all painting by hand!).  Also Logan has baby blue eyes, so I knew the color would suit him.

Speedball Fabric Paint and rounded foam brush.

Applying the fabric paint to the onesie!

First, I placed a piece of cardboard inside the onesie, to protect it from paint bleeding through.  I used a rounded foam brush and applied the paint in light coats by dabbing it straight down, never doing side to side strokes.  You don’t want any paint to seep under the edges.

As the paint started to dry, I could spot some areas that weren’t as heavily covered, so I actually dipped my fingertip in some paint and dabbed it on the onesie for touch-ups.  Then, I went out for a bike ride, and let her dry!

Step 5.  Peel and press!  After a few hours, I carefully peeled up the stencil.  It came up much more easily than the vinyl did, and I was really cautious not to tug too hard on the fabric to stretch it out.  I was shocked to see how precise the painting ended up…in fact, I’m head over heels for it.

I'm head over heels for how my "Keep Calm" onesie turned out!

You’ll want to follow the instructions on the fabric paint you use, but mine called for 3-5 minutes of pressing on each side (with a cloth in between the design and the iron).

Heat setting the fabric paint by pressing it with a hot dry iron on both sides.

And here’s the finished onesie, all ready to be shipped off to blue-eyed Logan in Colorado.  I think he’s going to wear it well, how ’bout you?

"Keep Calm" onesie using freezer paper stenciling and fabric paint!  Tutorial by The Thinking Closet.

"Keep Calm" onesie using freezer paper stenciling and fabric paint!  Tutorial by The Thinking Closet.

After my experiment, I’m a huge fan of freezer paper stenciling, and I can’t wait to try it again!  Wouldn’t it be fun to add rhinestones on the crown for a little girl onesie?  Adding that one to my ever-growing Silhouette to do list.

Silhouette Promotion

If you didn’t win a Silhouette today, don’t forget that there’s still a rockin’ promotion going on for Cameo and Portrait bundles.  Plus, all vinyl is BUY ONE GET ONE FREE!  (And that includes transfer paper and stencil vinyl.)

By visiting the Silhouette Promo page (click here) and using the code CLOSET, you have access to these deals:

  • Silhouette Portrait™, 2 rolls of vinyl (frosted and white) and 1 roll of transfer paper: $209.96 $129.99
  • Silhouette CAMEO®, 2 rolls of vinyl (chalkboard and white) and 1 roll of transfer paper: $329.96 $269.99
  • Buy one get one free deals on all Silhouette vinyl (includes transfer paper and stencil vinyl).
Silhouette Promotion on Portrat & Cameo Bundles and B.O.G.O. Vinyl - now through August 14th - using code CLOSET

{Image does not include Portrait bundle, but it’s still on sale!}

Click HERE to access the Silhouette deals running through this Wednesday, August 14th.

Full Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links, meaning that if you make a purchase using my code, I receive a small commission.  Please rest assured that as always, I only recommend products that I use and love.  And gosh darn it, I do genuinely love my Silhouette Cameo!

The Silhouette Challenge - A Series By The Thinking Closet & Friends

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge buddies are all sharing projects today on their blogs, so peruse the links below for a blog-hopping good time.

Using Silhouette Studio as a Graphics Programme by Get Silvered

Hymn Art by Unoriginal Mom

D.I.Y. Wedding Invitations by Create & Babble

Pow! Superhero Party Decorations by Lil Mrs. Tori

Family Photo Tile & A Free Cut File by My Favorite Finds

They said yes! Bridesmaid Proposal Box by Everydaypaper

Home on the Range: An Accent Pillow by Suburble

August Silhouette Challenge Project by Give Me a Paintbrush

Fancy Powder Room Sign by Joy & Gladness of Heart

How to Organize Cards & Photos by Super Sweet Life

It’s Time to Try a New Craft Medium by Tanya’s Creative Space

Milk Jug Crayon Bucket by It Happens In a Blink

The Gold and Beautiful by The House on Hillbrook

My First Silhouette Project: A Vinyl Chicken Decal by Life After Laundry

A Stache Bash Part 1 by Home at Eight

One Shoe Can Change Your Life by An Elegant Touch

Washi Tape Wall Art by Tried & True

Washi Tape & Vinyl Sign by Tossed Salad Life

Do you have a Silhouette machine?

Looking for Silhouette inspiration, support, trouble-shooting?  Interested in joining us for our group posting event next month?  Then, we’d love to have you join our Silhouette Challenge Facebook group.  To join, contact me by email, and I’ll get you squared away.

{Linking up here.}


Lovely comments so far...

  1. says

    I love reading your posts Lauren, always makes me chuckle! This is going to look amazing on Logan, what an adorable guy – and the onesie will only make him more adorable! The world may not be ready.

    • thethinkingcloset says

      Wow, that means a lot coming from you, Johanna…because I feel like you’re one of the wittiest bloggers in blogland! Your posts always make ME chuckle! 😉 (Maybe we just have the same sense of humor? Further evidence of soul-mate-ness?) I’m glad you agree with Logan’s adorableness. Watch out, world!

    • thethinkingcloset says

      Yes, do try it, Emily! Who knows, maybe I had beginner’s luck, but if you do search around blogland, you’ll find several others who swear by it. I was really impressed with the precision myself. And for less than $5 a roll, you’re really not investing in too much when you buy a roll of freezer paper. It’s worth a shot! 😉

  2. says

    Lauren, this is one of my favorite projects. I do love the quote, the onesie idea and the fact that I learned all about freezer paper just now. I keep trying to use vinyl as a stencil in hopes that it will miraculously do better the next time but every time it bleeds and looks shabby. So I was almost done trying. But now I am heading out to pick some freezer paper up. I am defiantly putting some fabric painting and stenciling projects back on my to do list. Thanks so much for doing the comparison shot of the paper and vinyl. I was like, “Yes, see that’s what happens to me, too”. So helpful. But question, does the freezer paper fuse to the garment by by ironing it on or do you have to use some sort of adhesive? Amazing tutorial and very cute project.

    • thethinkingcloset says

      Glad to hear I’m not the only one who struggled with using vinyl as a stencil with fabric paint. Yes, hopefully you find as much success as I did with freezer paper. And to answer your question, the freezer paper just fuses to the garment when you apply heat…you don’t need to add any adhesive! It’s pretty incredible. In fact, here’s a whole post that explains how freezer paper works: http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2011/01/what-is-freezer-paper.html Best of luck, Stephanie! Can’t wait to see what you create.

  3. says

    I love how your onesie turned out, Lauren! (And thank you for dropping my name so frequently in the post – I feel famous!)

    I’ve never used freezer paper before – and I think it’s because it’s very hard to find in Canada. I need to pick some up the next time I’m in the States. It looks like quite the fabulous medium.

    (Also, good to know about using vinyl as a stencil on onesies. I didn’t ever think about contorting the fabric – good point!)

    • thethinkingcloset says

      Of course! You ARE famous in these parts. 😉 Thanks so much for sharing your awesome design with us all, Tara! You and your Canadian self are just so clever. Now, we just gotta get some Freezer Paper smuggled across the border, so you can start churning out your own fabric painted creations. (Though as you demonstrated in your project today, you’re working wonders right now with HTV. Mustn’t stop that flow of genius!)

    • diane says

      In Canada you just need to go to the meat section of your grocery store and ask for freezer paper. It is brown here – and works the same!

      • thethinkingcloset says

        Good to know, Diane! I’ve had a few people ask about it who say it’s hard to find…and now I know what to tell them!

  4. Mom L says

    Really cute Lauren! I happen to know a little about your busyness right now and have no idea how you had time to come up with this gem! Adorable!

    • thethinkingcloset says

      Crafting has been taking the place of sleeping these days…and thankfully, since the design was pretty much already completed thanks to Tara, my part was fairly easy. Glad you’re a fan, Mom!

  5. says

    I, too, am in love with freezer paper stenciling. I used it on my directors chairs (one Batman- for me and Simpsons for the beau). It can get pretty addicting though!! Oh and not sure if you’ve heard but you can make any color under the sun using the cheap acrylic paints and fabric medium (also super cheap) and it goes a long way!!

    • thethinkingcloset says

      I did spy those director chairs when looking at your Silhouette projects on your blog today! Super cool! (And I’m a theatre director myself, so you can bet I’ll have my eyes peeled for a chair like that to revamp.) And I did not know that fun fact about mixing fabric paint with fabric medium and acrylic paint! Mind. blown. That opens up a whole new world of possibilities, doesn’t it? Thanks for the tip, Trisha!

  6. says

    I am so excited about my name being drawn! Thank you! Also I am going to try this for sure! I have been wanting to make so many different shirts and this is going to be great for Christmas!
    The Adored Home

    • thethinkingcloset says

      So thrilled for you, Sandra! Oh, you’re going to just love your new Cameo…no doubt about it. Yes, your Christmas gifts are covered now that you’ll have a digital craft-cutter at your fingertips. Custom shirts for all! 😉 Congrats again.

  7. Karen Lewis says

    Ahhh! I tried the fabric paint using the vinyl and it turned out okay but it was not perfect enough for me or fast enough. So then I ventured into trying my hand at HTV and was much more pleased. I was just about to dump my fabric paint because of my results but now that you have this posted, I am willing to give it another try.
    Thanks for including me in your list of comments for the labels. One of my labels I would put on myself would be ” I won’t quit til it’s perfect” !
    Thanks for the great tutorial.

    • thethinkingcloset says

      Yes, do give it another try before you dump them. Or you can dump them in a box and mail them to me and I’ll use them! 😉 I’m freezer-paper stencil obsessed now!

      And of course, I had to include your funny comment. It made me smile, and I thought it beared repeating.

      And as you know, I’m also a perfectionist, Karen. (I probably need an “I won’t quit til it’s perfect” label, too.) It can be our strength…and our downfall sometimes. Wouldn’t you agree?

  8. says

    Woohoo! Having my name dropped and being quoted on this blog is almost as exciting as if I’d won the silhouette myself! Almost. :) Love that onsie! If I ever win the cameo I’ll have to try it out. Right after I label the dogs and prove I wasn’t lying.

    • thethinkingcloset says

      Your enthusiasm is so palpable, Jenny! I love it! You have the best sense of humor. So excited to stay in the loop on The Delightful Momnesiac as your newest FB follower. Ow, ow! P.S. And yes, I would definitely have expected a labeled dog photo as evidence of your authenticity. And also just to make me lol.

  9. says

    Lauren, this is so cute. With all of the adorable onesies you’ve made, you should open a baby boutique ; ) You are right about the no seeping with freezer paper. I used this method to paint names on canvas bags and it works great!

    • thethinkingcloset says

      Ha ha! Lauren’s Babylicious Boutique! I can see it now…. 😉 And that’s good to hear that freezer paper is also successful on canvas bags; I have a few on hand that I’m eager to work with! Thanks, Jeanie.

  10. says

    Gosh I love onesies. They are so cute. I can just about see a fat squishy baby in that one. And I know two new mommies so I might just try this project out. You’ve done it again Lauren!

    • thethinkingcloset says

      Ha ha! Fat squishy babies are the best, aren’t they? (I was one myself! Clocking in at 11 lbs. when I was born; bless my Mama.) Yes, do grab Tara’s cut file so you can makes some for your friends! I’m sure they’ll love ’em.

  11. says

    Lauren, I love it! I can’t seem to find freezer paper in any of my nearby stores. Where do you buy yours? These would make a fabulous shower gift!

    • thethinkingcloset says

      I remember it took me a bit of hunting before I found it; I believe I came up dry at Target, but was able to find some at Publix, which is our major grocery store here in Orlando. I’m sure they sell it on Amazon! It’s worth the purchase, I can attest.

    • thethinkingcloset says

      Aw, you’re too kind, Krista! And yes, we’ve gotta get you a Silhouette so I can get you in my Silhouette FB group and you can inspire us all with your out-of-this-world creations. I can see it now…. :-)

    • thethinkingcloset says

      Interesting that we had the opposite problem! I think it really might be all about the paint and sponge. Lots of dabbing in thin layers. Doesn’t give it a chance to seep under those edges. Thanks for the praise, Megan, and I loved checking out your Disney decor over on your blog. Nice work to you, too!

    • thethinkingcloset says

      You’re welcome, Vanessa! I felt like it really showed the subtle (and not so subtle) differences between the two techniques. Freezer Paper for the win! Thanks for the kind compliments, too, girl.

  12. says

    That is a very cute little guy! He’ll look all the more adorable in your onsie Lauren.
    Love how you showed us the process of the ” how not to do it” as well as the “how to do it”

    • thethinkingcloset says

      Isn’t he darling? Can’t wait for Gina to snap a pic of him in the onesie…and in February, I’ll get to meet the little charmer face to face! I can hardly wait. 😉 Oh yes, I figured if I could save someone else the extra step of trying vinyl stenciling with a onesie, then it was worth sharing my sad first attempt. Ha ha.

  13. says

    I love this little onesie tutorial! But, darn it, these post make me want a silhouette so bad! I guess I’ll just keep cutting by hand for now! :) Saw on Lil’ Miss Tori.
    Gina @ Gina’s Craft Corner

    • thethinkingcloset says

      Love Lil Mrs. Tori! So glad you stopped over, Gina. And I don’t knock the trusty scissor and exacto knife…they have worked wonderfully for me for many years. But I do hope you can get your hands on a Silhouette someday, Gina, if just to give those cutting hands a break! 😉

  14. says

    I saw this on Craftgawker and thought it was adorable! Thank you for saying where the quote came from. Ever since I started seeing “KEEP CALM” memes on everything I’ve wondered but was never smart enough to just Wikipedia it. :) I love reading about your new Silhouette projects even though it makes me embarrassed my poor Silhouette hasn’t gotten much action since I got it for Christmas. One day when I have time it will be pulled out and be put to work!! As always, thank you for the crafty inspiration. :)

    • thethinkingcloset says

      Isn’t that so interesting about the quote? I had assumed it was a newer fad, but clearly, it has its roots in European history. Oh, and you NEED to join our Silhouette FB group to help get you motivated to use your Silhouette more! I started the group in part for motivation purposes, and it has worked! I mean, my Silhouette gets pulled out of the closet at least once a week it seems. Anyway, no pressure, but if you want me to email you more info, let me know, Hilary. We’d love to have you and your fab self join us!

    • thethinkingcloset says

      Yeah, it went way more smoothly than I anticipated! Now, I’m hooked on freezer paper stenciling. You’ve gotta try it, Carrie!

  15. says

    very interesting- I had no idea! I guess I have glossed over the whole freezer paper thing but I am glad to see this cause I want to do lots of things with smaller letters but hate wasting the negative part of the vinyl. this is a more practical method to save moo-la! thanks a bunch! this is exciting!

    • thethinkingcloset says

      I know…you can’t beat the price-point of Freezer Paper compared to vinyl. I think it was under $5 for a huge long roll I will never exhaust. And it’s superior! Can’t wait to see your first freezer paper project, Kelly.

    • thethinkingcloset says

      It really wasn’t half bad! The vinyl stencil was definitely the harder of the two…in fact, I cannot wait to tackle my next Freezer Stencil project. You should give it a go!

  16. says

    Looking at the picture, I would have thought the opposite! Great job on your first foray into freezer paper stencils. “So, is this what you do with all of your craft supplies? Buy them and shove them in a dark corner for six months?” Absolutely! You know, other than the Lab hoodie, I haven’t touched the Silhouette Portrait. I even bought some different mediums using coupon codes that you had when you were doing giveaways. Perhaps when school starts and I have more kid-free time to play with it, I’ll put it to use.;)

    • thethinkingcloset says

      It’s funny, I’ve been neglecting my sewing machine a bit lately…so we’re on opposite tracks, it seems! But don’t lose faith. It’ll happen. Maybe you can mark a date on your calendar when the kids are school and just play with your Portrait all morning. I’m so curious to hear what you think of the other mediums. I feel like every time I try a new one, it’s my new favorite. Can’t wait to see what you create next!

    • thethinkingcloset says

      Thanks, Karla (with the awesome ombre nails). I can’t wait to see a pic of Logan rockin’ the onesie! (Which means I need to mail it off…oops! Tomorrow!)

  17. says

    This was a great tutorial. I got my cameo in December but I’m still learning what amazing things I can do with it. I can’t wait to try this out!

    • thethinkingcloset says

      We got our Cameos at the same time! And we share the same name! Are we the same person maybe? Or long lost twins? 😉 Ha ha, but joking aside, I’m glad you enjoyed the tutorial. I still feel like I have a ton to learn. I mean, it seems like there are endless ways to use this machine, so there’s a good chance we’ll always be learning with it!

  18. Jessica says

    Adorable! Apparently who else knew other than Wikipedia was the DJ for the local country radio station. I know this tidbit because earlier this week they were discussing fads that are over done and cited the Keep Calm… trend as one. Clearly he did not see your post on this fantastic onesie because it is far from an overdone fad. This rendition just may be my favorite yet. So appropriate for a cute little guy you just have to pick up!

    • thethinkingcloset says

      Oh, it is SO not over, country station DJ! 😉 That’s too funny. Well, I’m glad you approve, Jessica. It really caught my eye when Tara first shared hers. And you’re so right about little Logan. Can’t wait to pick him up when I get to meet him this Feb!

  19. says

    Pretty sure I have said this before and I will say it again – you are going to have the cutest dressed babies someday! Loving it. Freezer paper really seems to live up to all its hype, huh? Oh, no… I wouldn’t know. My freezer paper has been starring at me from the dark corner of the pantry for oh…3 months now!

    • thethinkingcloset says

      Ha ha! Thanks, Thalita. Either they’ll be cute or freakishly dressed because I’ll go so crazy making things, there will be no limit to my crafting ways! And girl, after you finish that furniture project you told me about in top secret, I urge you to dig out that freezer paper and at least give it a try. You don’t even need to do anything with the fabric, but just try it on a swatch! It’s so fun, you’ll get hooked…and you’ll see the world of possibilities it presents…. This I know. 😉

  20. says

    I’ve done exactly as you did – got all pumped at freezer paper projects, bought some & it’s resting comfortably in the pantry. However, reading this tutorial may prompt me to get it out and try something, even though I don’t have a Silhouette! Found your link at Happy Hour Friday, thanks for sharing!

    • thethinkingcloset says

      I’m so glad that may have motivated you to give it a try! It’s worth digging out of the cupboard. Even if you just try a simple design you cut with an x-acto knife, I can venture to guess that you’ll have awesome results, too, Jill! Do it, do it, do it….

    • thethinkingcloset says

      Oh yes, a Silhouette is heaps of fun for creating your own stencils…but if you have the patience and perhaps a pretty simple design, the good old x-acto knife would be a worthy tool for the task! I created my own stencils that way prior to getting a Cameo…. It was slow, but strangely therapeutic.

  21. says

    I love this post for many reasons. 1) The onesie is absolutely adorable! 2) your great tutorial. Seeing this project makes me wish my little ones were still babies!
    I’m stopping by from Link Party Palooza (#158 Chocolate Covered Pretzels) Have a great weekend!

    • thethinkingcloset says

      1) I’m glad you think so! It’s all thanks to my friend, Tara’s awesome design. 2) Harrah! I hoped this project might inspire others to try out freezer paper stenciling. It’s really super fun.

      Thanks for stopping by from the Link Party Palooza! Such a fun idea for all those ladies to join forces; I know there are going to be a lot of great ideas in that mix…including yours! :-)

    • thethinkingcloset says

      You’re welcome, Samantha! I’m so glad you enjoyed the tutorial and that it even gave you visions of your kiddos during their onesie days…. From what I hear, those days fly by!

    • thethinkingcloset says

      Whoo hoo! Thanks a ton for the feature, Amy. Off to go check it out and thank you there, as well. And I’m so glad you enjoyed this tutorial and that it may have given you that nudge to try freezer paper stenciling, too. I’m hooked!

  22. says

    Wow, that’s awesome! What a huge difference! I wish I could get a Silhouette here in Canada :( I’m pinning for future reference!
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

    • thethinkingcloset says

      Your pinning is encouraging because it means you’re holding onto hope for Canada! I am, too. You are one of my many Canadian buddies who I’d love to see get their hands on a Silhouette. Oh, the crafty goodness you’d come up with, Jamie….

  23. says

    Love the onesie Lauren – think my 3 year old would love this on a t-shirt :-)

    Thanks so much for sharing at the Friday Baby Shower, do hope to see you at this week’s party which is now live, Alice @ Mums Make Lists x

    • thethinkingcloset says

      Thanks, Alice! And yes, I think the design would translate well onto a t-shirt. Heck, even I as an adult want to be carried sometimes. Ha ha.

    • thethinkingcloset says

      Oh, yes. I have seen the light! (You were definitely one of the FP stencil fanatics who pushed me over the edge to give this a try! Thanks, Coley.)

  24. says

    I LOVE this! It would be absolutely perfect for my Caleb who, even at age two, insists on being carried everywhere! I don’t think he’s gotten the “you’re not a tiny baby anymore” memo. (And I’m secretly totally okay with that!) Thank you for sharing your adorable project at Get Your DIY On! Hope you’re having a great week, friend!

    ~Abby =)

    • thethinkingcloset says

      Aw…your secret is safe with me, Abby. And after seeing cutie pics of your Caleb, I’m sure he’s hard to resist! Thanks for taking the time to stop by and leave me some comment love, busy hostess that you are. You’re sweet as apple pie!

  25. Marmie says

    Logan is going to look so adorable in this onesie! And it has special meaning now that Gina and her family have gone through a tough time with the flooding out west! When she picks Logan up, this will be a gentle reminder to keep calm through the storms of life!

    Lisbeth also taught me and your dad more about the history behind the Keep Calm signs. Fascinating bit of history and information. Loved what you wrote: “Who knew? (Wikipedia knew.)”

    Freezer paper is a great invention!

    • thethinkingcloset says

      I like that, Mom…you’re right, it will probably take on a deeper meaning now. Which reminds me, I should reach out to Gina and make sure she’s okay!

      And yes, I love it when a product (like Freezer Paper) can serve multiple purposes, especially when those purposes are craft purposes! Mwah ha ha!

  26. says

    First off, Logan?? Cutest child ever. Anytime I’m sad, I think I’ll just look at that picture of him. And secondly, cutest onesie ever! I think the elephant and this one are my two favorites. I can’t just pick one. Yeah, and such a big difference between freezer paper and vinyl…cool to see the comparison. Kinda like one of those TV commercials comparing laundry detergents. However, the difference is I fully trust you!

    • thethinkingcloset says

      1) Couldn’t agree more about Logan. He deserves an award.
      2) Our favorites are the same favorites. Whad’ya know!? We must be twins.
      3) I loved that my comparison shot conjured up images of Tide commercials in your mind…I totally can see it! But I’m honored you find my comparison trustworthy. (There was no dramatization involved in that comparison shot.)

    • thethinkingcloset says

      Susan, I absolutely love it! And how fitting for your snuggly grandson. Thank you so much for sharing. I’ll definitely be featuring this in my next Reader Showcase, so stay tuned….

  27. says

    Thank you so much for this tutorial. I’ve been trying to figure out how to cut a stencil that will really work with fabric. I was about to get out the exacto on freezer paper and found this. My stencil is intricate and it still worked. Thanks again. You made my day!

    • thethinkingcloset says

      Harrah! I’m delighted to hear I might have saved you some time, Lynda. That’s ALWAYS a good thing. Happy stenciling!

  28. Renee says

    Thank you for this wonderful tutorial! I had tried other ones but your suggestions worked best. I’ve worked with freezer paper before to do stenciling but did the cutting by hand. Now I have my silhouette and what a time saver.

  29. says

    Thank-you so much I have pinned your onsie and have so many people repin it. Made my grandbaby one, not with the ink you used but a fabric paint it worked well . Thank-you again we need people like you , your setting for the silhouette and the paper was perfect too.


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