Making Stencils with Cut Files

We are slowly building up our collection of FREE cut files for all you lovely people! Our range will include stand alone images for t-shirts, totes, and just about anything else you want to apply them to, as well as bonus cut files for existing patterns (such as the Doll’s House Quiet Book and Add On). BUT, do you know how to use cut files without a cutting machine?

There are a bunch of cutting machines out on the market (such as a Silhouette or Cricut) with which our files can be used. However, if you don’t have one the good news is you can still use our wonderful designs as templates! And who would’ve guessed that the humble kitchen aid, freezer paper, would come to your rescue?!

We have scoured the internet for you, finding the information you need to make freezer paper stencils using your FREE cut files.

With Paint

Achieving the screen-printed look is simple:

  • Cut down the paper to fit your printer.
  • Resize the design you want to use to fit your project then print onto the NON-SHINY side of the freezer paper, then:
  1. Carefully cut out the stencil with a craft knife.
  2. Iron the freezer-paper stencil SHINY side down where you want it on the item you’re jazzing up.
  3. If there are smaller details that need to be added (like the negative space shapes that make up letters), iron them in place after the larger stencil piece is in place.
  4. Place a piece of cardboard under the fabric being painted – it will prevent paint from oozing through to other fabric layers (such as with a t-shirt).
  5. Using a stencil brush and fabric paint in the colour of your choice, dab the paint over the top of the stencil. Be sure to dab the brush and not paint regular strokes.
  6. Leave the paint to dry until it’s tacky to the touch – somewhere between wet and completely dry.
  7. Gently peel off the stencil, using tweezers for the tiny details; watch that you don’t smudge the paint.
  8. Leave to dry for about 24 hours.
  9. Iron with a thin cloth over the design to set the paint completely.
  10. You’re ready to rock your new cut-file-bedazzled garment.
  11. Take photos and tag us on social media 🙂

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How to use cut files without a cutting machine






One thought on “Making Stencils with Cut Files

  1. Patricia Karber says:

    I’m curious and wanting to try some of the “cut outs”. I’ve been afraid of trying one of the circuit or other cutting systems because I don’t need to spread myself any thinner. I sew for myself, my adult daughter and several of my grandchildren.

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