Monday, February 28, 2011

How To Use Freezer Paper to Cut Out Doll and Toy Sewing Patterns


The joys of working with Freezer Paper never cease to amaze me! A while ago I used freezer paper in my fabric tutorial printing method, since then I have discovered that you can not only use it on cotton fabric but also on felt. Yes felt!

You can always pick up a small pack like this, Reynolds Freezer Paper or buy it in pre cut sheets to print on, Quilter's Freezer Paper Sheets 8-1/2x11 Inch (A4) or if you’re like me, save and by it in bulk 150 Square Feet!!!

You can cut an (A4) or 8 x 11 inches pieces and use it in your inkjet printer. Print off all your fabric and felt pieces onto it and the follow the method bellow of ironing and cutting out. Just remember to put the sheets of freezer paper in so that your printer will print on the paper side, NOT the Wax shiny side.


Personally it’s the fiddly felt pieces that are a bore to cut out. So I trace or print them directly onto my freezer paper.


Iron them onto my piece of felt (iron set to cotton – mid heat, no steam) and it stays nice and sturdy for you to cut around.


And no residue or discoloring will occur.

Here’s the best bit! You can reuse it a number of times!



So grab it again and iron it down .....


.... and bingo, 2 perfectly cut pattern pieces without the hassle of tracing it out onto your fabric!



I love this method for the really tiny pieces too, such as eyes, cheeks, and cute little shoe details.

And remember, you don’t have to reverse your freezer paper felt cut outs as the felt itself is reversible, just turn it over and you have the shoe (or what ever else you are making) for the other foot! 

Hooray!

Hope this super fast method helps you in your doll and toy making adventures too!

UPDATE: don't have Freezer Paper, why not take a look at my other FREE Tutorial
Cutting Out Felt Shapes Using Tape

OR

or try some lightweight iron on interfacing and trace your designs on one side with a fine tip marker pen and then using a piece of paper to protect your iron from the ink..... iron on the other side to your felt .... :) and follow the tute ... it should work just as well :)



 Happy Sewing from Sarah
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