Skill level: Beginner (You could make it more challenging if you wanted to by choosing a more complex pattern or adding more colors of paint.)
Freezer paper (found near the wax paper at the grocery store)
Brush (or make-up sponge:)
Clip art or other pattern to stencil
1.Trace your pattern onto the freezer paper. Make sure that the pattern is facing the correct direction when the shiny side of the freezer paper is down.
Panjokids tutorial if you have a pattern with areas that need to be masked off within the pattern body.)
*Oh, I almost forgot. Be sure to put some sort of drop cloth below the fabric because the paint will seep through. Also, don't handle the fabric too much while it's wet. I did and got paint where it shouldn't be :( but it ended up being on the seam allowance so it was okay :)
Okay, so I actually liked using the make-up sponge because it went on fairly evenly, and I could toss it at the end if I wanted. Kind of like my disposable paper plate pallet. I recommend using both if you are doing this project with kids.
The picture above is actually from the back of the fabric. It makes a fun distressed look, so there's another option for you. Just be sure to reverse your pattern if you plan on painting from the back of the pattern.
Click on the picture below to get my little bird pattern.