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DIY your way to the most stunning metallic Fall pillows, that look better than anything you can buy from the store. Any shape or graphic possible for these decorative accent pillows, and absolutely no expensive cutting machines needed!
Do-it-yourself metallic foil decorative pillows . . . did you even know that was a thing???
Well it’s a thing. A really really cute thing. And I’m going to show you how to do this thing.
I’m so excited to share this sponsored post and tutorial in partnership with Therm-o-web, the makers of my long time favorite fabric adhesives, interfacings, paper crafting, and so much more. We are also adding a GIVEAWAY to this post, so read on to find out how to enter to win lots of therm-o-web goodies!
For this project, I was desperate to get my hands on their DECO FOIL transfer sheets.
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They have many shiny colors under the sun, but I knew I wanted some warm metallics for the Fall season. This beautiful stuff can be transferred onto fabric, paper, wood . . . can you just imagine the possibilities?!
I’m going to show you how to transfer the foil onto fabric, which you can then use that appliquéd fabric to create one of a kind pillows. But if sewing isn’t your thing, feel free to explore pre-made tote bags from the craft stores, t-shirts, shoes, hats . . . you name it!
I did a couple of simple design graphics to show you a variety, but the sky is the limit. I’m providing a free printable for the “HARVEST MARKET” design, if you would like to duplicate that, FOR PERSONAL USE ONLY.
CLICK HERE or on the image below to print on a 8.5 x 11 inch standard US paper.
For this darling pumpkin design, I simply searched on google for “pumpkin silhouette” and found several that would work. I do not have the rights to this particular pumpkin graphic to share with you, but any simplified shape will work perfectly.
I then used my pocket closure pillow sewing method, but used the pocket side as the decorative side, rather than the back side.
I think it turned out darling! I also was purposefully going for a “vintage” or “chippy” look for the metallic transfer, (which I’ll show you how I did that), but you can just as easily make the foil transfer on clean and even. Tips ahead.
Let’s get started!
- DECO FOIL transfer sheets
- DECO FOIL fusible spray adhesive
- DECO FOIL parchment paper
- Freezer paper (also found in grocery stores)
- Craft cutting razor blade
- Print out of your pattern
- Cutting mat or safe cutting surface
*If using a cutting machine like a Cricut or Silhouette, you may want to look into the other adhesive options as well, like the DECO FOIL hot melt adhesive.
MAKE A STENCIL
To begin, we are going to make a stencil from the freezer paper. Lay a large piece of freezer paper (shiny side down) over your printed pattern and carefully trace around the lettering or shape. I traced the leaf graphic separate from the lettering, because I stacked them and did them separate. Read on for details.
With your craft knife blade, carefully cut out the lettering. Be sure to preserve the inside of letters, such as the a’s, r’s, and 0’s. With a good blade, this is much easier than you think it is.
Use another freezer paper for the leaf graphic. Trace and cut.
ADHERE THE STENCIL TO FABRIC
Lay the freezer paper shiny side down on the fabric. On a low setting without steam, iron the freezer paper onto the fabric.
Freezer paper is perfect for making stencils for fabric. The shiny layer will temporarily adhere to the fabric, and peel right off without residue.
After shaking the can of DECO FOIL spray adhesive, spray inside the stencil to create a light and even layer of the adhesive onto the fabric.
Peel away the freezer paper stencil.
IRON FOIL ONTO DESIGN
To achieve a vintage chippy look on your foil, first crumple it tightly in your hand, than spread it back out flat.
Lay the foil piece over your design, colored side up, then lay parchment paper on top of the foil. Don’t ever iron directly onto the foil, and be sure to read the manufactures direction for iron settings.
The longer you leave the foil to set on your design, the better the foil with transfer. However, if you want a “chippy” effect, I found that letting the foil sit for only about 5 minutes give a nice chippy look, especially combined with the crumpled effect.
LAYERING OR OVERLAPPING
If you intend to layer or overlap your design, be sure you are ironing on the freezer paper stencil with parchment paper over the already foiled design.
Repeat the steps.
Then use your metallic foil fabric to make some lovely pillow covers for the season!
Isn’t that so easy and fun!
What do you think you would like to create using DECO FOIL transfer sheets?
Let me know if you have any questions or if you give DECO FOIL a try!
To enter for your chance to win a $40 gift card, plus free shipping to therm-o-web, just leave me a comment below! Tell me what you would like to try to make with DECO FOIL products!
GOOD LUCK! I’ll announce and contact the winner on October 5th!
*For US entrants only.
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