But mom, everyone else is doing it!
Yes, I had to try the freezer paper stencils, too. And I'm a convert. So there are seven children in Arizona who will be receiving pig shirts, of one sort or another.
I should mention that, in the past two weeks, the kids became the caretakers of four piglets. Three of the pigs are named (according to the girls) Pig, Wishbone, and Melanie. The boys have named them Bacon, Ham, Porkchop, and Sausage to indicate their ultimate purpose (hence, the bacon and sausage motifs on the boys shirts). This seems sensible to me; I don't think I'd like to eat a Melanie for breakfast.
(Melanie - from one of the Dover clipart Silhouette books, luckily found at my local library; and the pigs themselves - Melanie/Bacon is the red one at the trough.)
I was going to choose one simple motif, like the flying pig, but as usual I became a little carried away. I saw the great arts parts princess shirt by mary and I remembered that I have some of their clipart, too, and it all spiraled out from there.
I cut freezer paper to 8-1/2 x 11, and ironed the edges to a regular piece of paper, and then sent it through the inkjet printer. Then I peeled off the freezer paper, cut out the stencil using my nifty little embroidery scissors, and ironed the stencil onto the shirt. I used Tulip soft fabric paint, which I thought was great. I also used some regular acrylic with some additive that made it washable, bought at Walmart at 11 pm last night, because I couldn't paint the boy's shirts fuschia pink (it looked dark red on the bottle!). Anyway, that took a lot more coats. I also recommend using dark paint on a light shirt. The fewer coats of paint needed, the better - it's just easier to get the paper off cleanly.
This was a lot of fun, and next time I'll do just one shirt at a time. I have pages of Dover silhouettes, just waiting.