Freezer Paper – Not just for food

About a year ago I met an adorable lady named Elizabeth at a craft show in which I participated. She moved to Tucson from New York. We got to talking about fabric and patterns and such things (That’s typically how conversations go with me)- and she said told me something about freezer paper. Something I feel like I should have known a long time ago.   Today I will share her little trick with you!!!

#1. Trace your pattern onto freezer paper. Make notes as needed about the pattern pieces (ie grain, number of pieces you need, fabric choices, etc.)

Trace (shiny side down)

I really should use a clear ruler – but incase you didn’t know this already, I’m a little bit lazy. On certain patterns, I know that precise cutting is essential (ie quilts) where as other patterns I can fudge a bit and make it work with my seam allowance. So for this pattern, I free hand traced the pieces. (Do as I say, not as I do!)

#2. Iron onto the wrong side of your fabric.


Shiny side down. It would NOT be good if you ironed it with that side up. 🙂 I have my iron on just regular cotton settings – nothing special.

#3. Cut out your pieces.

Cut out

#4. Peel away and re-use.

Peel away

That is right – you can peel it off and iron onto another fabric! With the skirt pattern I re-used the pieces 3 times – and they adhered perfectly still.

Same size – no pins.  Perfect!


18 Responses to “Freezer Paper – Not just for food”

  1. 1 sharla July 22, 2009 at 7:35 pm

    Msybe this is a dumb question…but can you tell me where to buy freezer paper here in Tucson? And have you ever tried using it for stenciling a pattern onto clothes- like applique? Thanks for sharing- as “freezer paper” and how to use it has been on my mind! ☻

  2. 2 craftapple July 23, 2009 at 3:03 am

    Great tip! I only purchase freezer paper for crafting. I’ve never used it for food. Sharla, I’m sure Melanie can answer your question, but for others, I had to look around for freezer paper. My local WalMart didn’t have it, but our Super Target did.

  3. 3 Deanna July 23, 2009 at 6:46 am

    I actually just tried to use freezer paper two days ago to make lounge pants pattern from Sewing Green book (love it by the way). Unfortunately, I didnt iron it down, I tried to pin it and that didnt work too well. Oh and I had to cut a side piece to tape to the main piece and freezer paper didnt tape too well, so the crotch of the pants is a little off.

    Now I need to go back and try your method. I’m thinking it will work better. 🙂

  4. 4 Melanie July 23, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Sharla – I think I found some at Safeway but I’ve had this roll for soooo long. But Linda is right – you have to kinda look around for it. 😦 someone mentioned getting it at Costco or Sams – but I have not checked there.

    I have not used it for stenciling – but I imagine it would work perfectly! you’d need to cut leave the voided area covered with the freezer paper so your paint would fill in the design.

  5. 5 Renee July 23, 2009 at 11:32 am

    Great idea! Why have I never heard of this? I use it with applique all the time but it never entered my mind to use it for the rest of the quilt. Brilliant!

  6. 6 SarahB July 24, 2009 at 4:51 pm

    I just read this tip last week and bought some freezer paper on my last grocery trip! For those still looking, it is with the foil and plastic wrap. I really don’t like the pinning step so this is exactly what I needed to get me using all the cute patterns I’ve stocked up on!

  7. 7 sharla July 24, 2009 at 7:49 pm

    I found it! The Freezer Paper… Well my husband found it at Super Wal-mart. My regular Target did not have it- I’m excited to have some time to make stuff w/ it (but I have a newborn…so it may be a while :))

  8. 8 DJAB July 24, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    I found freezer paper at Safeway, Albertsons and Wal-Mart. It is with the aluminum foil, wax papers, and stuff in that aisle. Good luck to those looking!

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