Friday, November 16, 2012

The "If You Chance To Meet a Frown" Shirt - Freezer Paper Stencil & Applique

If you chance to meet a frown...
Do not let it stay...
Quickly turn it upside-down...
And smile that frown away.

No one likes a frowny face...
Change it for a smile...
Make the world a better place...
By smiling all the while.    

Back when Becca saw Katie and me painting Katie's pumpkin shirt she wanted to paint a shirt too.  I had no ideas, so I asked her what she wanted to paint.  She said a smiley face, so we came up with the "If-You-Chance-to-Meet-a-Frown" Shirt.

I've taken a few pictures of the process, but you'll want t see my full T-shirt applique (tutorial here) and freezer paper stencilling (tutorial here). if you've never made one of these.  Freezer paper stenciling is really easy and a great project to have kids help with.

I started by cutting out two circles of Heat'n Bond Lite and ironing them onto the back of some yellow and red T-shirt scraps.

I found a smily face and frowny face I liked using Google Image search and cut them out using a razor blade in freezer paper.  I ironed those onto to my yellow and red circles.

Then Becca helped me fill in the holes with regular black craft paint.

I'm never sure what the best part is...painting in the holes or pulling back the freezer paper to reveal the design.
Once our faces were completely dry, I peeled off the papery side of the heat'n bond (on the back of these faces) and ironed them on to a bright, striped shirt I picked up at Goodwill.  Then I stitched around the edges, and Becca has another shirt to add to her list of favorites.  Incidentally, she seems to think this shirt MUST be worn with the white and brown striped pants seen in these pictures.

I was going to include a printable pattern for the faces...but I can't seem to find the file.  Oh well, a google image search should turn up lots of options for you.

There are just a few more days to enter to win an Usborne book.  The giveaway is open until Nov. 19th. 

 And if you liked this T-shirt project, you might be interested in checking out my Hand-Me-Down Rehab page.  You'll find a lot of ideas and tons of free patterns on my Hand-Me-Down REHAB (aka how to make cute clothes on the cheap) Page.

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