Annette Morgan investigates how to use Freezer paper, starting with simple stencils
Freezer Paper is used in the United States for wrapping food, for storage and for many other uses. One American lady I spoke to said that it was used for everything in the home, and she was often given pieces to draw pictures on as a child.
Most patchworkers and quilters have heard of freezer paper. Some are not quite sure how to use it and others are not aware of the different ways it can be used. It has a shiny side and a matt side. If you lay the shiny side of the paper down onto the fabric it stays there until it is pulled away. It leaves no residue on the fabric as it is a silicone surface. Because of these qualities, I use it for stencilling, screen printing, appliqué, and invisible appliqué. I also find it useful for foundation piecing as you can use long lengths and it is strong enough not to tear too easily.
I will give you lots of tips as to how to make the most of this paper.
NB – most patchwork and quilting shops stock freezer paper, and if you know someone who is going to the USA ask them to bring you some back – it is stocked in grocery stores.
This technique can also be used to add definition, for example to a fabric piece that you have appliquéd. If you have appliquéd a green apple then use the same template to cut a hole from freezer paper and place over the appliqué, using red paint adds definition and shape to the appliqué. The freezer paper template prevents you accidentally painting on another area by mistake. Press carefully with a towel under the appliqué piece to stop it getting too flat.
It is possible to use the wrapping paper from some packs of photocopy and printing paper. Check with a small piece first and be aware that the patterns make it more difficult to trace designs and the ink can come off on your iron
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