I’ve been sewing for a while and I have a few secrets up my sleeve that help make me a better, more efficient seamstress (not sewer – eww!). Today, I’m going to tell you all about the magic of freezer paper.
What is Freezer Paper?
Freezer paper is similar to wax paper (but please don’t use waxed paper for the application I’m going to explain below!). It is a heavy duty paper with a plastic coating on one side. Its usually used to wrap stuff up and freeze it – hence the name.
The stuff I use is Reynolds Freezer Paper (affiliate link). I haven’t tried any other brands (because I’m still working on my first roll! This stuff lasts forever), so I can’t speak to the usefulness of other brands.
How to Use Freezer Paper for Sewing Projects
You can use freezer paper as pattern tracing paper. It is much sturdier than the tissue commercial patterns are printed on, and it’s more flexible than the printer paper that your PDF patterns get printed on.
Just lay it over the top, shiny side down, and trace your pattern. Add a seam allowance while you’re at it (if your pattern needs it) to ensure that you cut out the same-sized pieces. I also add any notes from whatever pattern I’m working on – notches, how many pieces to cut, stretch, nap, and so on – so I don’t have to look them back up later.
Now, the magic of freezer paper is in ironing your pattern to your fabric. Take your traced pattern piece, iron it onto your fabric, and the freezer paper will form a light, temporary bond. Then, you can cut out your pieces easily without tracing, pinning, or weighting down your pattern.
The pattern stays put without shifting, ensuring perfect pattern pieces every time, and peels right off without a fuss! And, the best part, freezer paper patterns can be reused over and over – depending on the type of fabric you iron it onto, you can reuse them over 10 times.
This works with most fabrics, but if you’re worried, make sure you use a test square. I mostly use freezer paper with cottons (for clothes), knits (for clothes), fleece (for cloth diapering stuff), and minky (for plushies). With knits, it also helps keep the knits from stretching as you cut them, so you get accurate pattern pieces.
There you have it – one of my best sewing secrets. Freezer paper has made my sewing so much better now that I can get accurate pieces cut every time.
Do you use freezer paper when you sew? Tell me all about it in the comments!
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