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Saturday, June 18, 2011

Camp Shirts and Totes

Our family had "Bear Camp" this summer in Big Canoe, GA.
For Bear Camp, I made my parents, my brother, and my daughters t-shirts.
I made these shirts using the freezer paper stencilling method.

First, I designed the image on my Silhouette and cut it out on freezer paper.  If you don't have a Silhouette, you can still do this. It may take longer but Jill and I have done it many times. All you do is print the image on your printer.  Then, trace it on the freezer paper, then use an exacto knife to cut it out.

You iron the freezer paper stencil onto the item you're stencilling.  You also put a piece of freezer paper on the inside of the item.  This does two things: it helps adhere the first piece of freezer paper to the item and it provides a protective barrier to keep the paint from leaking through.

I used three colors for this shirt. It was very easy to do one color at a time. I always use fabric paint for these projects. I know many people don't and are still pleased with the results. I find the fabric paint to be durable, soft, and it doesn't crack. It just works well and when I find something that works well, I stick with it.

All the painting is done.

The paint is dry and I removed the main part of the freezer paper. You can see the letter and number insides are still in place in this picture. Tweezers and/or the exacto knife make it easy to remove these.

Mariella's Tote
I also made tote bags with the same image. I followed the exact directions above. The only other thing I did was sew a ribbon to the top of the plain canvas bag.  This just added a touch of fanciness. The canvas bags were used to hold the girls camp projects and are a great camp souvenir.

Here they are at home with their camp bags!
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  1. I like these projects; they look professionally done. Had seen them on some FB posts of your mother's and asked where she got them. She was very happy to let me know that you had made them.

  2. love the cute bags and shirts they all look great


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