Freezer paper stencil + applique

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I’ve done lots of freezer paper stenciling over the last few years, and lots of applique, but I’ve never really combined the two until now (except for this way). Here’s a sweet little girl, made with love, fabric paint, and fabric scraps, for a friend who turned five recently.

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I found the idea for this shirt in a mini Boden catalog, so can’t take credit for it, but love it anyway. Maia has already requested a similar one for herself.

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Here’s a view of the feet. I made the skirt rather longer than I meant, so they’re hard to see. Next time I would shorten the skirt and make a full-body freezer paper stencil rather than just head, arms, feet.

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Maia made a card on matching blue paper to go with the t-shirt.

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By the way, we are still in sickie land here and everything is getting done a little slower than usual. We spent yesterday afternoon at the doctor’s office and found out that the kids have three ear infections between the two of them. Ugh. But I just bought some liquid vitamin D, other wellness supplements, and some elderberries (to make elderberry syrup!) and plan to be healthy for the rest of the season! One can hope anyway. Thank you for all of your well wishes and advice!

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    Sara R.
    October 13, 2010 at 1:52 pm

    What a fun gift idea!

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    georgine
    October 13, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    I swear by Vitamin D and my husband swears by zinc (it makes me nauseous). I have never made elderberry syrup, but we do use something already prepared. Is there a benefit to making it yourself? Love the shirt – we love mini Boden at our house – and I appreciate the inspiration.

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    andrea
    October 13, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    I have never tried the freezer paper stencil and could not be more excited about doing it!!!!! Hip hip hooray!
    thanks so much.
    (i have a son at dickson in kindergarten (and in third grade. ;o)… what a lovely school.
    ~happy day to you

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    molly
    October 13, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    E just walked by as I had the computer open here and said “I like that.” Guess I need to put this on my “to do” list as well. :)

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    Brynn
    October 13, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    The shirt turned out super cute.

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    Patty
    October 13, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    This is so dang cute! Don’t you love little girls?

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    Jean Van't Hul
    October 13, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    I think the benefit to making elderberry syrup yourself is just that it’s super cheap and easy. And after paying for all the other supplements, I need cheap!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    October 13, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    It’s easy! Let me know if you try it!

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    Jean Van't Hul
    October 13, 2010 at 8:14 pm

    :)

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    Rachelle
    October 14, 2010 at 1:38 am

    Boo. I hope your girls feel better soon, and that you stay healthy. Taking care of sick kids is hard work! I love the shirt, and Maia’s card is fantastic.

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    Amy B
    October 14, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Good for you for making your own Mini Boden! I have often thought their catalog makes a great “inspiration book” but I think the prices are high for the quality (as opposed to Hanna Andersson, or the less hip Lands End, which wash and wear really, really well–I know because I only get them used!)

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    heather at brown robin
    October 14, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    So, so cute. That is one lucky five year old. I just posted a recipe today for making elderberry syrup. It was incredibly easy. Wish I’d done it last year.

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    Arborescence
    October 15, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Oh, wow! This is a great idea, too! And I like your version much better than the catalog!!

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