I’d heard of freezer paper (FP) but didn’t quite know how to use it so I was a little perplexed as where to start.
The box gave me some examples of how I could use it for appliqué and a web search brought up a plethora of tutorials on the internet, including a few for quilting. Armed with a few ideas I though the best thing to do would be to make some blocks just to see whether it was as simple as it seemed to be.
I drew a design onto the dull side of the FP, then cut it out carefully.
I also tried printing some designs too by cutting a piece to A4 size, rolled it the opposite way to ‘flatten’ it and popped it into the printer, then crossed my fingers and hit print. Voila, it whizzed through the printer with ease and resulted in a good clear design. Now I’m checking back through my quilt file to see what else I can transfer.
I chose some contrasting fabrics and ironed the ‘shapes’ onto the wrong side of the fabric – shiny side down. NB (If your design is not symmetrical it will reverse your design – later I’m going to work out how to remedy this).
I tried using a ‘dry’ medium heat setting on the iron at first but it didn’t work, hot, was better.
Remember: when placing on fabric (before ironing) leave enough space for a ¼ inch seam allowance (use your ruler as a guide). If cutting irregular shapes you might want to draw the seam line on the fabric with a fabric marker or tailors chalk.
Once ironed you can either hand cut with scissors or use your cutting mat and a rotary cutter.
Stitch together. The FP template acted as a useful seam guide so it really helped me to sew those straight lines.
I simply peeled off the template once I have completed my ‘block’, it peeled away easily’ (unless caught in the stitching!
The great thing is that the ‘shape templates’ are reusable; you can use then several times – I know I tried.
The final ‘block looked like this:
I also read a blog on how to make labels using FP so I cut a piece of FP to A4 size and ironed it onto calico, trimmed the edges, placed it in the printer and sent my ‘designer’ labels to print.
I would definitely recommend Freezer paper to others to use, no need to buy ‘pre-cut’ sheets which seem expensive as the ‘roll’ will last for some time.
It’s simple and easy to use; preparation is key and the complexity of your design may make it quite fiddly (but worth it).
It’s reusable and doesn’t leave any residue on the fabric when you peel it away.
If you’re new to quilting or on a tight budget it could be a cheaper alternative to buying lots of different acrylic templates.
It helps to sew those straight lines!
I’m now brimming with ideas on how I could use it in other ways, but this is what I made in the meantime:
With thanks to Carol Lightburn for an honest and open review and to EQS for providing this product for review.