I’ve tried quite a few techniques for altering fabric: stamping, dying, freezer-paper stenciling, etc. As soon as I learned about glue gun stenciling I knew I had to try my hand at it. And, since green isn’t really a color my girls tend to have in their wardrobe, it seemed like a St. Patty’s day shirt would be the perfect project to give it a go.
How to Make a Glue Gun Stencil
The basic concept of making the stencil is super-simple:
- Use a glue gun to create your design
- Wait a little bit and let the glue to cool and harden
- Carefully peel up the glue (you don’t want it breaking during the process of peeling it off)
- Lay the stencil flat on the surface of your project
- Paint over it
- Remove stencil and smile
A Few Tips on Making and Using the Glue Gun Stencil
- Use wax paper. I tried gluing my design onto wax paper, aluminum foil, freezer paper, and a glass plate to see which one would allow the glue to come up the easiest and the cleanest. The wax paper was the easiest to get the glue off of. Plus, it has the added benefit of being see-through so you can place a piece of paper under the wax paper with your design on it and trace over it with the glue gun.
- Spray a little Pam. Even with the wax paper, the glue was difficult to get completely off of the paper. When I sprayed a little bit of cooking spray on the wax paper, the stencil was a breeze to get off. So, not only is it cleaner, but you’re more likely to maintain the integrity of your design.
- Keep your glue thick. If your design allows it, you’ll have a much easier time if you can maintain a good thick stream of glue from your glue gun.
I wasn’t sure which fabric spray to go with, so I picked up both and I’m so glad I did. On the left is the Tulip Fabric Spray Paint, and on the right is the Simply Spray Stencil Spray. The Tulip fabric spray was by far the better fabric spray paint. For one thing, it sprayed better. Unfortunately, the Simply Spray would only come out in huge drops and everything you see on the paper towel is all I could get out of it. It actually stopped working at this point. I read the directions, but there’s always the possibility of user-error, so I’m not quite ready to throw Simply Spray under the bus.
In any case, I went with the Tulip spray paint.
The glue gun stencils came off very easily with not sticking or unwanted marks left behind.
I used cardboard between the layers of the shirts to make sure no paint went through to the other side. You could also use poster board, or even freezer paper. Anything flat and mostly impermeable.
It didn’t take long for the shirts to dry and they were easy and fun enough that I’ll likely use them with the kids next time.
What do you think about the glue gun stencil? Have you tried this process before? If anybody has any extra tips they’d like to share I’d love to hear them!
As much as I enjoy sewing, I find knitting to be far more convenient. I can pull out my needles anytime I have a few spare minutes and with knitting I don’t have to worry about taking over my dining room table every time I want to make something. Here are a few knitting projects I’ve pulled together for some Christmas gifting inspiration. Many of these are perfect for beginners and can be completed in an afternoon….and they’re free (except for the bowling pattern which is sitting pretty close to free at $1 for the pattern)!
Toys and Dolls to Knit
Striped stockinette snake
Ice cream cones
Aisling the Elf
Owlie soap sack
Frog bath puppet
Maggie Bean and Friends (22″ doll) from Petite Purls
Wearables to Knit
Little Stay On Slippers
Kindergarten Kit: hat, neck-warmer, mittens
Fish Hats from Knitty
Yo Gabba Gabba mittens
Snowman Snowball Toddler Scarf
I made some hacky sacks a few days ago and plan on making some baby gnomes for stocking stuffers! And, if I can swing it, I’d love to make the little bear ornaments and add the kids’ names onto them.
P.S. Some of the patterns require you to open a free account in order to access them…just giving you a head’s up!
A favorite pastime this summer for my girls and I was making paper airplanes! We had so much fun, especially on those days that were rainy, or just too hot to venture out.
One of the things that struck me the most with the airplanes was the vast variety of shapes they presented, and the various flight patterns that resulted. I decided to miniaturize some and display for further study.
plus a book or two with paper airplane folding instructions…we used this one for most of the airplanes
Now display on a wall or shelf…
This is one of those pieces that would go well in a nursery or small child’s room. Just make sure to use thin paper for the airplanes, as they tend to get quite thick with all of the folds. Origami paper would work very well. Our book came with thin colored paper, which is what I used here.
Do you love paper airplanes? Be sure to check back tomorrow for a ton of awesome paper airplane projects!
If you sew and have kids you will definitely want to join in on this big sewing party! Meg (Elsie Marley) hosts the Kids Clothes Week Challenge twice each year, Spring and Fall, and it’s basically 7 days of frenzied sewing. It’s always fun to join in with other sewists on the same mission and see what everyone else is making.
I think I end up putting all of my kids’ sewing off until this challenge, because I know I’ll be more likely to get it done! I’m still collecting ideas and patterns, but here is a bit of inspiration from my Little Girly Style board on Pinterest, which I’m sure to be pulling from during this little sewing stint.
sources: 1.via 2. Etsy shop Heart and Sew 3. Tree Fall Studio 4. Party of Eight 5. via 6. Oliver + S 7. via
Meg also just put together a KCWC pin board, so be sure to check that out for tons of inspiration!
I tend to focus on girly stuff since that’s what I have, but I’ll be sure to put together some rockin’ boy stuff soon!