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Published on August 19th, 2011 | by Karen Lee


Use up Scrap Fabric with Freezer Paper Applique

freezer appliqueWe’ve crafted with freezer paper for many projects here on Crafting a Green World. We’ve made stenciled neckties and personalized bunting. And as you might have guessed, freezer paper is a great way to make templates and stencils to use up fabric scraps.

Here is how to use freezer paper to make a few types of templates or appliques.


1. Names or initials

Print out the name or initials you want to use. Place the shiny part of the freezer down on the template and trace it using pencil. This step is not necessary if you are artistic and can draw the letters right onto the freezer paper. Then, using sharp and pointy scissors, cut out the letters.

freezer paper allique

Next, iron the template, shiny side down onto the fabric you want to use as an applique. Then, cut it out. For small shapes, it’s best to baste the applique and then sew it onto the fabric you want to use.

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Karen lives a simple, frugal, green life and shares her eco tips and news on ecokaren and is a co-founder of Green Sisterhood, a network of community of green women bloggers, making change. When she's not managing Green Sisterhood or blogging on ecokaren, she is a chauffeur to two greenagers, wife to an accidental recycler, master chef to hungry locavores, seamstress, knitter, and dumpster diver, not necessarily in that order.

2 Responses to Use up Scrap Fabric with Freezer Paper Applique

  1. bigmammafrog says:

    I’m in the UK, can I ask (without looking too ignorant!) what freezer paper is? 🙂 

    • Karen Lee says:

      Freezer paper is a paper that’s lined with light plastic on the other side. Shiny plastic side is where you put your food and wrap it to freeze. But crafters found that the shiny side can be ironed onto fabric to make the paper adhere temporarily. So this applique technique works great! One major brand in the U.S. is called Reynolds but other companies make them too. Thanks for asking! 🙂

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