My sister and I had our children fairly close. My nephew is almost 4, my niece is 2 and my daughter is 1 1/2. When I was pregnant I searched and searched for cousin t-shirts or onesies and couldn't find anything. I set out to do it myself.
I have been seeing a lot of pins on Pinterest on how easy it is to use freezer paper as a stencil. After doing some research and reading some tutorials I successfully created the pieces shown in the picture above.
- T-shirt or onesie you want to stencil
- Freezer Paper (found in the supermarket with the aluminum foil)
- Tulip Soft Fabric Paint in the colors you want (purchased at Michael's)
- Foam stencil brush (mine was from Tulip and I bought it at Michael's)
- Exacto Knife
- Prewash your shirts or onesies to get the sizing out. Make sure the shirts are completely dry and ironed.
- Using a word processing software like MS Word pick a font that has thick letters. The thinner the letters the harder it's going to be to cut out.
- Type the words you want to stencil. Use the preview button to see how big the letters will print out. Adjust the font size up or down. You may want to print out a few copies of the word in different font sizes to see which one fits the best in the area you want to stencil.
- Print it out.
- Put the printed word sheet on top of where you want to stencil and pick which one works best.
- Put the freezer paper on top of the printed word with the matte side up and trace with a pen. I did it on a sunny day by the window and I could see it enough to trace it.
- Using an exacto knife careful cut out the insides of the letters. Make sure you keep the inside pieces of the letters for like an O or a D.
- You now have a stencil. Place on top of where you want the letters to be on the shirt or onesie. Make sure the shiny waxy side is touching the shirt. (This is what makes it temporarily stick to the shirt.) Make sure to carefully put the inside pieces of the letters (for the O, D, etc.)
- Place a thin piece of fabric on top and iron on med-high heat. Inspect the stencil and make sure every piece of the stencil has been adhered to the shirt.
- I used a paper plate to squirt a little of the paint. Take your stencil brush and tap on the color. Take the brush and tap on top of the stencil and on the shirt. I chose to alternate the colors of the letters.
- Let dry overnight.
- Peel off the freezer paper and enjoy!