When I was pregnant with Sweet P (my oldest), my sweet sissy got me the cutest baby shower gift. She found a pair of socks that said “PUSH” on them from a local store that carried handmade items. I packed them in my hospital bag and was excited to be able to wear them! (of course, I ended up having a c-section, so it wasn’t really necessary for me to wear the socks during delivery. However, I did wear them in the hospital after the fact and all of the nurses got a kick out of them.)
Here’s What You Need For This Freezer Paper Stencil Project:
1. Freezer Paper*
*NOTE: This is NOT the same as wax paper or freezer wrap. It MUST be Freezer Paper.
**TRUTH: I searched my Publix, Walmart AND Kroger and could not find this stuff. Amazon delivery time was randomly going to be several weeks. I finally ordered from Walmart online for in-store pick up and somehow I had ordered a 150 square feet container- yes basically something that belongs in a restaurant. So I will be freezer paper stenciling for the next 150 years.
3. Fabric Paint (I used this exact DecoArt So Soft Fabric Paint in Navy Blue)
4. Sponge Paint Brush
9. Cardboard scraps
Here’s What You Do For This Freezer Paper Stencil Project:
Gather your fabric of choice for stenciling. I actually found a three pack of socks that were absolutely PERFECT for these PUSH socks. The pack of three came with a pair of pink, blue and yellow. And it JUST so happens that I have girlfriends expecting a girl, boy and a surprise. (isn’t it impressive that she can wait to find out!?) So I went ahead and made three pair using the method I outline below.
Find your stencil. In my case, I printed off “PU” + “SH” in block letters just big enough to fit on the socks. The paper stencil can be reused over and over so you will only need to print one. (however, the wax stencil can only be used once, so in my case I reused the printed paper stencil all three times but had to trace and make three separate wax stencils)
Heat up your iron
Cut a piece of freezer paper approximately the same size as your printed stencil image and place the print out underneath the freezer paper. IMPORTANT: Waxy side of the freezer paper faces down! Then trace your design onto the freezer paper. If you have inside details of a letter, you will need those too.
Cut out your traced design. Remember that this will be your actual stencil so however you cut it is how it will look once painted. If your letters have interior parts, you will need to cut those out to include when ironing the freezer paper onto the fabric. So in my case, I needed the interior of that “P” to be cut out.
Now iron the wax paper stencil onto your fabric. This will basically adhere the waxy side of the freezer paper to the fabric. It’s actually pretty amazing how it works! (and completely addicting)
Place a piece of cardboard inside the sock or shirt to prevent paint from bleeding through.
Grab your sponge paint brush and paint! Be sure to blot the paint brush more up and down on the fabric to avoid having it bleed. I did two coats. Once you are done, peel the freezer paper off the fabric. Do a happy dance when there is a crisp line from your stencil with zero bleeding!
I let mine dry for a full 24 hours but it felt dry to the touch within a couple hours. I also went ahead and rewashed mine just to be sure it didn’t bleed or come off. It didn’t. VICTORY!
I am already coming up with lots of reasons to stencil now that I know how easy it is to make a freezer paper stencil.
I loved making these fun PUSH socks for my expecting mama friends. I hope when they look down in the delivery room they can hear me cheering them on. You’ve got this mamas!