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tuesday night i taught the art of freezer paper transfers to a group of women at church. such a fun project. friends and family, if you don't know how to do this, we should talk. it is so so easy and a great option for gifts- particularly for the babes. in fact, if you are having a baby anytime soon, you now know what's most likely coming your way . . .

here are some examples i made for the ladies to see:


and here are two of them in action:


all you need is some freezer paper, an x-acto knife, a shape, a shirt/onesie, fabric paint, an iron and you are on your way. . .

i first did freezer paper transfers last year. for father's day i made a silhouette of the girls and painted ruth's on one t-shirt of chip's and eve's on another. i won't be shy, i think the idea is pure gold. you should do it. better than a tie, right? although if i could figure out how to make him a tie. . . or maybe it's time to enact my secret plans and make him the bright yellow sweatsuit?. . . could be the best father's day known to man . . .

*if any of you do plan to try this out freezer paper transfers, do a little research online or talk to me, there are a couple things you need to do to prevent total frustration.

UPDATE: see here for a solid tutorial with all necessary details included! 

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Reader Comments (17)

Thanks again for teaching stenciling. If I would have taught frustration would have been the underlying feeling instead of fun! You did a great job and everyone's stencils turned out so cute.
ps. I love that Ruthie is still wearing that bandana, not on her head. It is cute as a neck piece though. Very cowgirl.

May 19, 2007 | Unregistered Commenteralysha

I defintely want to know the in's and out's of the project. So cute!
And I would love details on doing silhouettes.I love the look but don't know how to acheive it. (Did you get the Reynolds christmas card last year? It had silhouettes of all four of them. It was awesome)
Is this an original Katie idea? If so, you are amazing! Well, you're amazing anyway really.

May 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterErin

Yellow sweatsuit, I am still laughing over that vision, DO IT!! Pure halarium. I am very interested in the silhouette shirt for fathers day, Scott would LOVE it.

May 19, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterjeanie


You must email me and tell me how you did this!


May 26, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKendria Holyoak

I too am very interested in this - though I cannot explain why it has taken me 2 weeks to tell you that. Jonny is probably even more interested than I am. He's always suggesting that we make our own shirts. Perhaps if you've emailed anyone else instructions, you could forward them on to us as well? I love eve's little shirt with the girl swinging.

June 5, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJen

Hi there, I love your blog and have just discovered it.
I love the freezer paper stencil, but have absolutely no idea how to do it.
Could you please let me know, in simple, "for dummies" style. Also I live in Australia, so I have no idea what the equivalent for freezer paper here would be.
Anyway, thanks so much,

May 8, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJo

katie! hi, i came across your blog thru a long chain of blog-linking, i'm sure. anyhow, i found this great post about freezer paper transfers and am dying to know how to do this--can you tell me?


ps. where are you from in oregon? that's where i'm from too, though now we're in connecticut....

December 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrooke

Hi Katie,
I'm with Jo, I would love your tips on how to make a good freezer paper transfer and a translation of freezer paper would be good! (I'm guessing it is waxy sandwich paper?)
Rosalind (Canberra, Australia)

January 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRosalind

hi there - just came across this and would love a "how to" if you don't mind sharing. love your blog - your kids are adorable!

February 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjackie

i love these! how do you do them??

May 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterEmi


i love the shirts you made with this method. Would be nice, if you can send me a "how to".
And your kids are really very sweet!

Greeting from Cologne
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May 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterzuhal

I would definitely know some tips and tricks as well. This looks like a fun project!

May 15, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKate

I would love the tips, too - so cute!

May 19, 2009 | Unregistered Commentergina

Hi Katie, I just stumbled across your blog and am in love with it! I should totally be making dinner but here I am reading your mugging story and crying. My two girls looking at me like I'm crazy! I know exactly how you feel, I was involved ina bank take down and I guess I'm re-living it by reading your mugging story. The only difference is I was only 6 weeks preggers with my first and yours were right there. I can't even imagine how you must have felt!

Anyways, will you tell me how to make those freezer paper transfer shirts? or point me in the right direction of an awesome tutorial?

Thanks so much, Jess

June 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJess

I definitely would like to know the tips. A friend of mine told me about how she used freezer paper to trace her baby's hands and then ironed it onto a shirt and used a spray bottle with bleach water and sprayed all around the hand prints. Is your way similar??

June 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAlli

hi Katie, great blog site!!! i would love direction on making these adorable shirts, and what is freezer paper? is it similar to wax paper?

June 18, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterdelilah

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