Leading up to Christmas I had my machines out sewing up some new swimsuits for my girls. As I explained in my Super Summer Swim Bottoms post, rash shirts are a must in Queensland. The UV Index is predicted to reach 16 [Extreme] every day this week.
So I busted out my FREE Super Swim Bottoms pattern, (look out for some updates to that post soon), and made some matching rash shirts and swimming caps too. They turned out really cute, and I will be posting up some free patterns soon, but I wondered if you could add a freezer paper stencil to the front of the rash shirts to liven them up a bit.
I gave it a go, and happily the answer is yes!!
If you have never tried freezer paper stenciling I urge you to give it a go, it is very easy and lots of fun.
I am not going to do a step-by-step tutorial for freezer paper stenciling because there are loads of great tutorials around on the subject. If you need to know the basics check this tutorial out.
I do, however, have a few tips for stenciling on Lycra/Spandex:
- The first possible problem was if the Lycra/Spandex could handle the heat of the iron for attaching the stencil. I found that if you use a low setting and some patience you can adhere the stencil without melting your fabric. I do advise testing your settings on a piece of scrap fabric first.
- You can’t iron Lycra/Spandex at a hot enough temperature to set ‘heat set’ fabric paints, so I recommend using DecoArt So Soft fabric paint which doesn’t need heat setting.
- I avoided putting the paint on too thickly (I actually used a tissue to dab off the excess). Lycra/Spandex stretches a lot, and if the paint is layered on too thickly it is more likely to crack apart when stretched.
- One last tip: do your stenciling before you sew your garment. That way, if it all goes horribly wrong you only need to re-cut 🙂
If you have a go at stenciling your handmade swimwear, be sure to grab some pics and hashtag them #SEW4BUB I would love to see your creations!
As always, thanks for reading.