- Fabric Paint (I used Speedball Fabric Screen Printing Ink)
- Freezer Paper
- Sponge brush and/or paintbrush
- Iron and ironing board
- Laser Cutter (Ah, there's the tricky part if you don't happen to have access to a laser cutter. I made it at TechShop with the Epilog 60W laser cutter)
Step 1: Design or Download Your Stencil
You might want to add reinforcement bars if your design has a lot of "islands" or "peninsulas," i.e. areas which will fall out or will be flimsy after the design is cut out.
*Extremely* fine detail might not come out clearly in your finished print, especially if you are working with a coarse fabric.
My speed/power/frequency settings to cut the freezer paper were 70/40/500 on the Epilog 60W laser cutter, and I suspect that this was overpowered. Your optimal settings may vary.
The freezer paper will tend to flutter and curl as the laser cutter runs if you do not weight down the corners of the paper.
Step 2: Iron Your Stencil Onto Fabric
Iron the paper onto the fabric with the *shiny side down.* Otherwise, the stencil will not stick to your fabric, and, if you don't use a press cloth, your stencil will melt onto the iron.
Step 3: Apply Paint
When the paint has dried, peel back the stencil. If your particular fabric paint requires heat setting, iron again according to the manufacturer's instructions.